Walks and hikes in Crete - Walking and hiking specialists on the island of Crete, Greece

Choosing a place to stay for a walking holiday

Some places to use as a base:

On the South coast: the south-west of Crete has much smaller and quieter villages than the north coast. The climate is dryer, the nature wilder. There is no major tourist centre in the region and it is a little further to get to from the airport than the northern resorts.

  • Paleochora is a little far from the centre of the White Mountains and closer to the hills of Selinou. The village itself has a good beach, plenty of choice of accommodation and restaurants and even some nightlife.
  • Sougia is a small village with a very nice beach and good accommodation. It is a little far from everything else but offers some beautiful walks in its vicinity.
  • Agia Roumeli is very close to the mountains and great walks can be undertaken from there
  • Loutro is located in one of the best walking areas. The village is very pretty but can get quite full in high season.
  • Hora Sfakion, the small capital of the region of Sfakia is also very close to the "walking action" and has the advantage (and disadvantage) of being connected by road.
  • Frangokastello has nice beaches but is a little far from the starting point of most walks.

On the North coast: the north-west Crete is far more developed than the South but there are still quite a few places that are not overdeveloped. Access to airports and many places of interest (old towns, Minoan palaces, museums) is easier than if you are in the South so it may be more appropriate for sightseeing holidays. There are also plenty of nice walks on the northern side of the White Mountains and the plains and hills below.

  • Kastelli and the area around has been spared by mass tourism. Lovely green hilly countryside towards the South and a lot of good walking. It is far from the White Mountains area though.
  • Kolymbari, at the beginning of the Rodopou peninsula is a little bit closer to it all: the tourism and the White Mountains.
  • Maleme and the coast all the way to Chania, very touristic, easy road access to anywhere.
  • Kalives and Almirida in the region of Apokoronas have good walks in the area and are not too far from the region of Sfakia, just over the mountains.
  • Georgioupolis offers a lot of hotels to choose from, very long sandy beach and not too far from some great walks, either close by, on the northern slopes of the White Mountains or over the mountains in the region of Sfakia.