Beaches, deep mountain gorges and vestiges of great civilizations. Like a gift from the gods, Crete is a cyclist's paradise. Pedal quiet roads on the outskirts of bustling port towns. Bike to the top of every climb. Or savor tranquil moments by the sea. And soak up Crete's legendary hospitality as you explore this ancient Mediterranean island from coast to coast.
1 Sunny skies and diverse natural beauty are the order of the day Taste olive oil—the heart of Greek cuisine—in its purest form at an organic farm Pedal on rolling terrain past tiny villages and through groves of citrus and olive trees Admire breathtaking sea views from the Rodopou Peninsula and enjoy a long wonderful descent to the coast amid a montage of remarkable scenery Soak up the Mediterranean sun on the beach in sleepy Kolymbari.
2 Set off on an unforgettable ride on tranquil roads through forests and a pristine river valley Discover ancient villages before a thrilling downhill through Theriso Gorge—Crete's version of the Garden of Eden Sample local syrah, Mourvèdre and rosé at an up-and-coming winery Explore historic Chania and learn about its remarkable Minoan, Venetian and Turkish influences on a walking tour Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies while overlooking the colorful Venetian port in Chania, whose history dates back to the Neolithic Age.
3-4 Visit centuries-old caves, monuments and battlegrounds —sites of deep cultural and historic significance for modern Cretans Bike along a freshwater creek past olive groves and vineyards and through forested hills down to the Aegean Sea A memorable farm-to-table lunch awaits at a picturesque traditional farm Dip your toes in the sea or continue on two wheels, climbing to traditional hamlets Stroll seaside Rethymno's historic center, shaped by Venetian and Ottoman cultures and one of the most charming and best preserved on Crete Find paradise at the Blue Palace, complete with private pools, beachfront dining and plenty of time for the spa.
5-6 Wander narrow streets and traditional artisan shops in charming hilltop Kritsa, one of the oldest villages in Crete Sip coffee or ouzo alongside locals in Plaka A dip in the Mediterranean might be the perfect finale to your ride Make a splash as you explore the sea by kayak or find your balance in a yoga class by the beach Sip sparkling wine on a sunset cruise to neighboring Elounda and Spinalonga islands Crete's natural beauty is on full display on one last ride along the coast.