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 Pedal past tiny villages and citrus groves | Taste olive oil at an organic farm | Admire breathtaking sea views from the Rodopou Peninsula on a long descent to the coast | Soak up the sun on the beach in sleepy Kolymbari.
2 Set off on tranquil roads through forests and a pristine river valley | Discover ancient villages before a thrilling downhill through Theriso Gorge | Sample local Syrah, Mourvèdre and rosé at a winery | Explore historic Chania and learn about its remarkable Minoan, Venetian and Turkish influences | Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies in the colorful Venetian port of Chania.
3-4 Visit centuries-old caves, monuments and historic battlegrounds | Spin along a freshwater creek down to the Aegean Sea | Enjoy lunch at a picturesque traditional farm | Go for a swim or bike traditional hamlets | Stroll seaside Rethymno's, one of Crete's most charming towns.
5-6 Wander narrow streets and artisan shops in pretty hilltop Kritsa, one of the oldest villages in Crete | Sip coffee or raki alongside locals in Plaka | Explore the sea by kayak or find your balance in a yoga class by the beach | Savor a glass of sparkling wine during a sunset cruise to neighboring Elounda and Spinalonga Islands | Crete's natural beauty is on full display on one last ride along the coast.