Walking independently in Crete

Crete is a great place to come and walk to. The friendliness of the inhabitants, the absence of criminality as well as the easy availability of accommodation just about anywhere make it a good choice if you want to set off walking independently with friends or even all alone.

It is also fine if you are a woman on your own.
In the end deciding whether you want to come to Crete and organize your own walks, by yourself, with friends or family or if you should book a walking tour with a specialist is entirely up to you. To help you make your decision, There is a list of the the pros and cons that I can think of in the Walking with a group page.

Common problems you might encounter when walking independently in Crete:

  • Underestimating the difficulty of the terrain is possibly the most common difficulty encountered by walkers who are new to Crete. It is rough and wild and the paths are often much smaller than what they are used to elsewhere. What looks easy and possibly really straightforward on a map can be surprisingly challenging at times.
  • Getting lost because a lot of paths are not well marked.
  • Problems with the heat are common in the summer. It just isn't the right time to walk, at least not at sea level.
  • Difficulties in finding accommodation can occur in mid-summer but at other times the worse thing that could happen to you is having to look for a while before finding a suitable place. Still, if you are tired after a long walk it can be annoying.
  • Not being able to find out what would have been a good walking trip until you have almost reached the end of your holiday because by then, you have had a good look at parts of the island and are having a good idea of what the really great parts are. This is of course when the Crete bug bites and you will feel compelled to come back for more and more and more...
    This last difficulty is not too hard to avoid if you spend some time researching where the places and walks that attract you might be.

Walking with a guide

For more difficult walks or tours or if you want to see the best there is to see without the hassle of finding it, you can also take a guide. More information about it here.

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Crete photo of the day
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