Car is an excellent way of exploring the Cretan countryside. Many tourists are staying with us who also rent a car with our collaborators to discover Crete. The fact that most of the distances are a close distance and reachable by regular cars makes exploration a must. Most of the time car journeys can be combined with a tryout of Cretan delicacies found in local taverns and shops.
Chania road trip: Explore our traditional Cretan food on your vacation journey!
Twenty kilometers east of Agia Marina where our beachfront and sea view hotel in Chania is located lies the traditional beachfront village of Kalyves. After a short ride, guests can enjoy a nice snack or dinner by the sea, overlooking the gulf of Souda. A 5-minute drive to the south and you can find the traditional and picturesque village of Armenoi. The village is well known for its profound food taverns and the excellent climate as a river passes through the village and can be found at a close distance.
However, if you like to experience lunch or dinner by the river it is a perfect alternative to visit the villages of Vrysses or Stylos which is in the Apokoronas Region not very far away from the villages stated above. A handful of quality and approved taverns can also be found approaching the Chania- Rethimnon border, heading east. Kournas lake is commonplace for friends and families that seek a quiet and peaceful retreat from the city center, or the busy tourist attractions. You can adore the only natural sweet water lake in Crete and have the opportunity to rent a boat and enjoy the lake’s flora and fauna. After, you can enjoy your food at the neighboring local taverns.
For those who have a lot of time, they can stretch their excursion and drive an additional 20 kilometers using the main road that connects Chania and Rethymnon. In the region of Episkopi, you can turn right and follow the road to the village of Argyroupolis. There you can also enjoy some fine dining and you will have the chance to see the famous Argyroupolis Springs, the beginning of a local river, in a place full of running water, excessive forestation and some taverns with local quality delicacies.
Chania journey by car: Small road trip options.
However, for those not willing to drive all the way to the Rethymnon border to relax and eat locally, there is a nice alternative just 15 kilometers from Chania center. There lies the traditional village of Therisso. The scenery is full of trees, the nature is untouched and the little taverns there offer well-known Cretan delicacies, such as Antikristo, which is traditional Cretan meat, prepared in charcoal but in a very special way.
Apart from that, the village of Therisso has also a historical standpoint, as it was the base, and the starting point of the so-called Therissos Revolution, back in 1905 in which many people of the later political Greek history demanded the union with the Greek nation, as at the time Crete was autonomous as a Cretan ‘state’. There also lies the house they first gathered for the revolution which is now a museum and can be also accessed.
Car options in the region are plentiful considering prices, vehicle types, and duration of rent. More information and exclusive low rates for car hire in Chania can be found by asking the staff in the reception area or during your room reservation by clicking “extras’ ‘ on our booking page.