Getting there

Getting to Anopoli

Map of Crete

Map of Crete (© OpenStreetMap)

As you can see when you click on the above picture, Crete is a long, thin island (260km east to west). It's divided into three prefectures – East, Central and West Crete – with their capital cities of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion. The two passenger airports are Chania and Heraklion, on the (touristy) north coast, whereas the Sfakia region is on the south coast, towards its east end and directly west of the White Mountains and Samaria national park. So you'll need a car or (motor-) bike to get there. It's possible to arrive by ferry on Crete with your own transport, e.g. from the Athenean port of Piraeus to Heraklion or Chania. But most independently-minded visitors will rent a car at the airport for the duration of their visit.

Chania is nearer to the Sfakia region, but due to the very good E75 north coastal road, arriving at Heraklion takes only about an hour longer to drive. So you may want to put your emphasis on cheap flights arriving on Crete as early as possible, which will save an expensive overnight stay on the north coast. From either airport take the E75 coastal road towards the center of the island, turning off south at Vrises towards Chora Sfakion and from there on to Anopoli.

Arm yourself with good maps of Crete before you go, so you can start being on holiday right on arrival.

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Which car rental company on Crete?

There are a great number of car rental companies on Crete – the international players like Avis, Budget etc. but also a number of local companies. You'll find them all easily enough on the internet!

If you do want or need to stay a night in Heraklion, we can recommend the Kronos Hotel – after booking it via you'll get a link to car rentals which may get you a discount or especially competitive rates.

Otherwise we suggest you leave all your car rental money in Crete by using a local company such as JustRentals or AnnaCars, both of which have good customer reviews.