Exlpore Eastern Crete by Car or Bike

In this section, routes designed to be made by car, motorcycle or, for the adventurous, even by bicycle, are presented; they can serve as basic guidelines for visitors who wish to get to know Crete.

It should be noted, however, that in some cases it is not possible to complete a route within one day, due to the complex geomorphology of the island. This is even more the case if one wishes to see all points of interest presented in each route.

Locations where facilities and amenities are available are presented in detail along every route (they can also serve as a starting point for one's expeditions), together with settlements, monuments and places of particular natural beauty. In the Services menu, of each route, there is also the possibility to choose where to stay and eat, to plan any other activities and to read about the services available in the areas that each route passes through.

Below, routes in the East Crete (East part of Heraklio & Lasithi) are listed.


This route leads to picturesque villages and passes through the Lassithi Plateau, which is the largest plateau of Crete, and is also famous for its characteristic windmills and the Dictaean Cave, one of the most famous caves of the island.

  • Region Mirampelo, Lassithi Plateau (Lassithi Prefecture), Hersonissos ( Heraklion Prefecture)
  • Route Length 103 km.
  • points of interest Minoan villa of Malia, Lassithi Plateau, Lychnostatis Folklore Museum, Moni Keras, Roza Gorge, Dictaean Cave

This route, for the most part passes through a verdant landscape with an intricate geomorphology. It also passes through traditional villages, an extended pine forest and one of the most beautiful plateaux of Crete. In addition, it offers many opportunities for hikes.

  • Region Ierapetra, Mirampelo (Lassithi Prefecture)
  • Route Length 84 km.
  • points of interest Lato, Kritsa gorge, Panagia Kera Church, Selekano, Plateau of Katharo

This route crosses the whole seafront area of the Viannos region, passing through small seaside villages with a modest level of tourist development, just ideal for relaxing holidays. Then it goes on through semi-mountainous terrain, with villages rich in history and beautifully set in their natural environment. Ideally the trip here proposed can be followed in stages, so acting as a guide to exploration in the region, with overnight stays at intermediate stops.

  • Region Ierapetra, Viannos
  • Route Length 89 km
  • points of interest Omalos of Viannos Plateau, Simi Forest, Keratokampos Beaches, Byzantine Churches of Viannos area, Myrtos

This route passes through the most beautiful landscapes of Eastern Crete, such as breathtaking beaches, notable archaeological sites and one of the best known monasteries of Crete. In order to visit all these sights, it is preferable to divide the route into different parts, choosing one of the intermediate stops as a starting point, along the way.

  • Region Sitia (Lassithi Prefecture)
  • Route Length 105 km.
  • points of interest Archeological site of Zakros, Palm Beatch of Cai, Archeological site of Paleokastro, Toplou Monastery, Zakros gorge

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