Discovering Crete by Car: A Road Trip Adventure

Discovering Crete by Car: A Road Trip Adventure

Blog - 22.04.2024.

Embarking on a road trip through Crete offers a unique and exhilarating way to explore this enchanting Greek island. From the rich cultural heritage to the stunning beaches and iconic landmarks, Crete has something for everyone. In this guide, we'll delve into the top destinations, scenic routes, essential tips, and more to help you make the most of your Crete road trip.

Why Choose a Road Trip in Crete?

Crete is a captivating island with a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty waiting to be discovered. While guided tours and public transportation offer convenience, a road trip allows you to explore Crete's hidden gems, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and breathtaking landscapes at your own pace. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, a road trip in Crete offers flexibility, freedom, and endless opportunities for adventure.

Must-Visit Destinations in Crete by Car

  • Elafonissi Beach:
    Known for its unique pink coral sand, Elafonissi Beach is a must-visit destination for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Spend a day swimming in the crystal-clear waters, sunbathing on the soft pink sand, and exploring the nearby dunes and lagoons.

  • Spinalonga:
    Explore the historic island of Spinalonga, home to a Venetian fortress built in 1579. Take a guided tour to learn about the island's fascinating history as a leper colony and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding sea from the fortress walls.

  • Palace of Knossos:
    Immerse yourself in Greek mythology and history at the Palace of Knossos, the legendary home of King Minos and the Minotaur. Wander through the ruins of this ancient Minoan palace, marvel at the intricate frescoes and architecture, and learn about Crete's rich archaeological heritage.

  • Rethymno:
    Explore the charming town of Rethymno, with its picturesque old town, Venetian harbor, and Ottoman-era architecture. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, visit the historic fortress, and sample local Cretan cuisine at one of the town's many tavernas.

Benefits of Renting a Car with Sterling Rentals in Crete

Choosing a reliable car rental company is essential for a smooth and enjoyable road trip in Crete. Here's why Sterling Rentals is the perfect choice for your car rental needs in Crete:

  • 40 Years of Experience:
    With over four decades of experience, Sterling Rentals has been satisfying customers with its friendly staff and wide service coverage. Benefit from our local knowledge and expertise to make the most of your Crete road trip.

  • Affordable Rates:
    Enjoy competitive rates and flexible rental options to suit your budget and travel needs. With no hidden fees and transparent pricing, you can plan your trip with confidence.

  • Wide Range of Vehicles:
    From compact cars for city driving to SUVs for off-road adventures, Sterling Rentals offers a wide range of reliable and well-maintained vehicles to choose from. All our vehicles come with comprehensive insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and unlimited mileage for peace of mind on the road.

Essential Tips for a Successful Road Trip in Crete

  • Plan Your Route:
    Research your destinations, plan your route in advance, and use a GPS or map for navigation. Consider the driving distances, road conditions, and estimated travel times to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

  • Check Rental Terms:
    Read the rental agreement carefully, including insurance coverage, fuel policy, and any additional fees. Make sure to inspect the vehicle before signing the rental agreement and report any existing damage to avoid potential disputes.

  • Enjoy the Journey:
    Embrace the freedom and spontaneity of a road trip, and take time to explore hidden gems and scenic viewpoints along the way. Stop at local markets, roadside tavernas, and charming villages to experience the authentic Cretan lifestyle and hospitality.

Conclusion

Embarking on a road trip through Crete offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore this enchanting Greek island at your own pace. With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, Crete is a road trip destination like no other. Whether you're planning a short getaway or an extended adventure, renting a car with Sterling Rentals is the perfect way to experience all that Crete has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the beauty and extravagance that is Crete on your next road trip!


About Sterling Rentals:
Sterling Rentals is a trusted car rental company based at Heraklion Airport in Crete, Greece. With over 40 years of experience, we offer a wide range of reliable and affordable car rental options to suit your needs, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey around the island of Crete.

Quick FAQ

What are the driving regulations in Crete?

In Crete, you must drive on the right side of the road. Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers, and the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.5%. Speed limits are generally 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on highways unless otherwise indicated.

Do I need an International Driving Permit to rent a car in Crete?

If you are from an EU or EFTA country, your national driving license is generally accepted in Greece. However, if your license is not in English, it's advisable to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) to avoid any potential issues.

What type of insurance is included with Sterling Rentals car rental?

Sterling Rentals offers comprehensive insurance coverage, including Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), and Third-Party Liability Insurance. Additionally, we offer a Premium Full Insurance option where you are fully covered without a deposit/excess, promising stress-free holidays. Additional insurance options you can find on our Extras.

Are there any hidden fees with Sterling Rentals?

No, Sterling Rentals prides itself on transparent pricing with no hidden fees. All costs, including taxes, insurance, and any optional extras, are clearly stated in the rental agreement.

Can I pick up and drop off the car at Heraklion Airport with Sterling Rentals?

Yes, Sterling Rentals offers free airport pick-up and drop-off services at Heraklion Airport for added convenience. We also provide delivery and collection services to hotels and other locations upon request.

What others say about us

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 5 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 5 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 5 months ago

K&L

Excellent welcome, thank you! Manolis came to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the end of our stay, free of charge. Rental prices more than fair. Wide choice of vehicles. Payment by card or cash.

K&L, 2 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 2 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 2 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 2 months ago

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 2 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 2 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 2 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 2 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 2 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 2 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 2 months ago

Shair Amiri

We hired an amazing Jeep wrangler. The staff was extremely helpful and stayed till late to accommodate our vehicle. By far the most trust worthy, cheap, and friendly car rental place I’ve even been to.

Shair Amiri, 2 months ago

Luis R

We had a fantastic experience with Sterling Rental Cars in Crete, and I want to express my gratitude to Iris and her team. Booking was easy, and Iris greeted us warmly upon arrival. The car was clean and reliable, making our trip hassle-free. Iris and her team's friendly service made us feel like valued guests. I highly recommend Sterling Rental Cars in Crete. Thanks, Iris, for making our vacation great!

Luis R, 2 months ago

Martina Kreileder

We rented a Fiat Panda with Sterling Rentals for our stay in Crete. Upon arrival, a short rental agreement was completed, we got the full insurance (without excess) and we paid for the car in cash. The car was also briefly inspected with us and any scratches, bumps etc were noted. We had no issues with the car and it was perfect to get around the island. Unfortunately we added a new scratch to the car, but this was no problem at all since we got the full insurance. Before returning the car we went to a self service car wash, which was much appreciated by Sterling Rentals and we filled petrol to the same amount as when we got the car. It was our first time renting a car abroad and we had a great experience with Sterling Rentals! Highly recommended!

Martina Kreileder, 2 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 2 months ago

K&L

Excellent welcome, thank you! Manolis came to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the end of our stay, free of charge. Rental prices more than fair. Wide choice of vehicles. Payment by card or cash.

K&L, 5 months ago

Dana Captainino

We have hired cars in many countries and by far our best experience of all was with Sterling Cars at Heraklion Airport. Iris was so welcoming and helpful and also made the process of leaving the airport and going to arrivals smooth and stress free. If we go back to Crete we will definitely return to Iris and Sterling. Thank you Iris and Sterling! Best wishes Dana and Santhosh

Dana Captainino, 5 months ago

Aleksandar Markovic

We had the great experience with people working here and Fiat Panda we rented brought us to the many wonderful places during our vacation. Not a single problem occured, and we drove a lot.

Aleksandar Markovic, 6 months ago

HJ Rijneveld

Great experience renting a car for 10 days in Crete! Neatly called and picked up at the arrivals hall (the office is a few minutes' walk from the arrivals hall).

HJ Rijneveld, 6 months ago

Yann Huré

I have been renting my cars for 7 years from the Sterling agency, and you can trust these people who are true professionals. You will be welcomed by Yanis or his father Georges, they will be able to advise you and make you the best offers. Seriousness and good humor will be there. Have a good stay.

Yann Huré, 6 months ago

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