Exlpore Western 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 Western Crete (Chania & Rethymno west part) are listed.


A route which connects some of the most beautiful beaches of Western Crete, and which also reveals unique ecosystems and picturesque villages to the visitor.

  • Region Kisamos (Chania)
  • Route Length 76 km.
  • points of interest Topoliano Gorge, Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, Elafonisi, Kedrodasos, Falassarna

This route ends up at Paleochora, one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Crete, which will prove to be an ideal base for your excursions to South-western Crete, or simply to enjoy calm, relaxing holidays.

  • Region Platanias, Kantanos-Selino (Chania)
  • Route Length 56 km.
  • points of interest Monastery of Gonia, Church of Archangel Michael at Episkopi Kissamos, Gorge of Anidri

This route passes through historical villages, natural monuments of outstanding beauty, ancient towns, and then ends up at the coastal settlement of Sougia, which can serve as a starting point for exploring the southern coast of Western Crete. 

  • Region Chania, Platanias, Kantanos-Selino (Chania)
  • Route Length 99 km.
  • points of interest Therissos Gorge, Plateau of Omalos, Samaria gorge, Agia Irini gore, Ancient Lissos

This route passes through the most impressive landscapes of the area of Sfakia, and offers many alternatives for hiking expeditions. It passes by several historical sites and other locations that are worth visiting and ends up at the area of Apok√≥ronas. It is essentially one of the basic routes for those who wish to explore the surrounding areas. 

  • Region Sfakia, Apokoronas (Chania)
  • Route Length 81 km.
  • points of interest Fragkokastelo, Imbros Gorge, Anopoli plateau, Aradena gorge, Ancient Aptera

This route passes through the Rethymnon Prefecture, via one of the most imposing gorges of Crete. Along the way, you will have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Southern Crete, and visit sites of historical and archaeological interest.

  • Region Rethymno, St. Vasilios (South Rethymno), Sfakia (Chania)
  • Route Length 84 km.
  • points of interest Fragokastelo, Monastery of Preveli, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Minoan Cemetary of Armenoi, Kotsifos Gorge

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