Eastern Crete cycling tour, Greece
Description of Eastern Crete cycling tour, Greece
Beginning in the charming capital, Heraklion, you’ll embark on a Greek odyssey through ancient archaeological sites including Phaistos and Knossos, which is considered to be the oldest city in Europe. Every day brings new opportunities to dine in rustic taverns, dip in the sea, or detour from suggested routes in order to follow your own instincts of discovery. It’s also possible to add in extra days at various points in the itinerary.
Ride through picturesque mountain villages, learn about the history of olive oil production on Crete, and swim off golden sandy beaches. Explore the lovely town of Agios Nikolaos, sip raki with the locals, and sample an exquisite range of traditional Greek cuisine throughout. If it’s cultural immersion you’re looking for, there’s nothing like a self-guided trip to bring you closer.
Another aspect of this trip that you’ll love is the changing landscapes, which are particularly beautiful in late spring or autumn, periods that usefully avoid most of the crowds too. One day you’ll be cycling through the mountains, the next around a lake, or by the coast.
Finishing in Rethymno, founded by the Venetians, you can wind down by wandering the charming streets of the old town, watching the fishing boats bob in the harbour, or cycling out to see several archaeological sites in the area.
With daily rides of around 50km, and average daily climbs of up to 600m (and one of around 850m), this self-guided cycling holiday around Eastern Crete is well-suited to regular cyclists with a moderate level of fitness. Detailed maps are provided along with 24-hour support should you need it, and convenient luggage transfers between hotels.