Though it still belongs to the Greek archipelago, Crete has a distinct character all its own (and the size to prove it). Explore the island's western Chania region on this 9-day itinerary from its craggy gorges to bright blue lakes and seafront. You'll also visit historic villages, learn about olive oil production, relax on Mediterranean beaches, ride horses, and sample fresh food along the way as you see what sets Crete apart from the pack.
From charming Douliana, the route takes you through landscapes of wildflowers, native plants, and leafy trees. Feel free to stop as much as you'd like to take photos, especially as you start to see snow-capped mountain peaks to the south. You'll stop at the Church of Agios Ioannis. Covered with plants, the church is a peaceful and historical place for locals to congregate.
From here, you'll continue on your path with open views as you near the sea. Once you reach Almyrida, enjoy a refreshing swim. Your guide will take you to the village of Fres for a traditional Cretan lunch at a local kafeneio to finish your experience.
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Itineraries with Nature Walk from Douliana Village to Almyrida Beach on Crete
Get lost in the labyrinths of Crete with your whole family with this itinerary. Travelers of any age can enjoy the largest Greek island, with traditional village experiences, beach visits, and hikes filled with both scenery and history. And, of course, many new snacks.
Get ready to hike, bike, and swim your way around Athens and some of Greece's most beautiful islands. Begin and end your journey in the ancient capital, where you'll see history from the seat of your bicycle. Then soak up the beauty and culture of Naxos on horseback, learn to surf on the hidden gem of Tinos, and trek through Crete's spectacular Samaria Gorge. Reward yourself with one last Aegean sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.