+ If you cannot hike through the Samaria Gorge
for health reasons, you can take the ferry from Coastal village Sfakia to the exit of the Samaria Gorge "Agia Roumeli". Agia Roumeli is a car-free place that can only be reached by ferry. The famous narrowest part of the Gorge is easily accessible from the bottom in Agia Roumeli. This short hike from the exit to the narrowest point and back to Agia Roumeli takes about 2 1/2 hours. On this tour you will admire the steeply sloping mountain from the seaside, it is an impressive seaway. The Samaria Gorge is the longest and narrowest gorge in Europe. The oldest national park of Crete is a real nature wonder.
The public transport in the South of Crete is not well developed. If you want to explore the South, a rental car is a MUST. Hikers can use the ferry as a means of transport between the places on the south coast.
However, it does not pay off if you use the ferry too often and it is more expensive than renting a car. The transfer to the south coast alone is just as expensive "one-way" as a week's rental car.
+ Immerse yourself in the colourful culture Rethymnon.
The history of Rethymnon goes back to the Neolithic. The symbol of the city are the two playing dolphins, which were also depicted on coins from the Hellenistic period, and onto the city wall, the Fortezza.
+ from Plakias to the mountain village Spili
and from there down to the south coast to the beaches Agios Pavlos Sandhills
and to the beach Ligres Beach
+ Visit the Monastery Agia Triada
The Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is probably the most impressive monastic complex of the final period of Venetian rule on Crete, due to both its scale and architectural form. The organic-olive oil of the Monastery Agia Triada has won many awards, there is a small Monastery Shop where you can buy this delicious organic olive-oil. The olive-oil of Agia Triada meets our standards from our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com
you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online shop.
+ The Mammut Tour: For this tour you must leave very early if you want to see it all
From Plakias drive southeast in the direction of Agia Galini
then to the archaeological site Gortys
the oldest legal table in Europe will impress you. Then head south to the excavations of Phaistos
and then to South coast to Matala. In the small south coast town Matala
you will discover the hippie caves and more. Immerse yourself in the hippie world of Matala and its history and go for swimming in the beautiful bays.
+ The off-road tour to the bay Agio Farago Beach;
Please bear in mind that this tour can only be done with a Jeep or 4 x 4 vehicle! Or by boat from / to Plakias. This canyon is preferred by mountain climbers / mountain climbing clubs.
The public transportation in the South of Crete is not well developed. If you want explore Crete, a rental car on the south coast is a MUST. Hikers can use the ferry as a means of transport between the places on the south coast. However, it does not pay off when you take the ferry.