South Coast Walks & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Our walking holidays in Crete welcome you to an island like no other. Steeped in ancient history, Crete is adorned with ornate Venetian harbours, colourful mosaics, and palatial ruins. Traverse rustic mule tracks across limestone mountains for stunning views of cavernous gorges, or make the most of coastal walking on the glorious littoral stretches of golden sand.
Located at the southern end of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest island in the Greek archipelago.
Western Crete touches the Mediterranean and even has its own Cretan sea within the Aegean. Central to Greek mythology, Crete is said to be the birthplace of almighty Zeus; there is a feeling of old magic here that extends beyond the idyllic scenery.
Rugged coastal walks lead us to secluded golden-sand bays for a tranquil dip in mineral salt waters. Explore ancient civilizations as we continue inland. We’ll pass colourfully mosaiced Minoan palaces and domed Byzantine churches decorated with intricate frescos.
Crete’s White Mountains frame a cloudless horizon, carving out dramatic gorges, sculpted plateaus, and soaring canyons. Visit the world famous Samaria gorge, and cross azure trickling rivers over small wooden bridges and cobbled stepping stones.
In Chania, we’ll browse bustling markets along the colourful Venetian harbour, before shading from the afternoon sun in a courtyard taverna. Vivid pink bougainvillaeas creep up honey-coloured walls as the smell of olive and citrus welcome you to the warm Cretan air.
We’ll follow mule tracks across breathtaking cols to remote traditional villages nestled high in the hilltops. Soak in the local way of life browsing hand-made crafts and sampling freshly made delicacies. Try the Kalitsounia, sweet cheese pastries, drizzled with runny honey and cinnamon.
Travelling by road, it can be easy to miss the details in Crete; yet on foot, you can enjoy everything at your own pace. Whether you seek a gentle path or a strenuous climb, Ramblers Walking Holidays will reveal the best routes and landmarks of this glorious island.
Our experienced guides will lead you off the beaten track for an authentic experience that you can enjoy in the security and confidence of their trustworthy knowledge. With small, friendly, and informal groups you will enjoy a break that is both magical and exceptional.
After all, the world is more beautiful on foot. View our Cretean holiday packages and book your getaway today.