5 days in Crete Itinerary

5 days in Crete Itinerary

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5 days in Crete Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  4​h
1
Rethymnon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Anogia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Athens

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Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, take a stroll through Rethymnon Old Town, and then contemplate the long history of The Venetian Fortezza.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rethymnon trip itinerary builder app .

Athens to Rethymnon is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Rethymnon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
The Venetian Fortezza ©
The Venetian Fortezza
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop ©
Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop

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night
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matala beach, and then stroll through Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matala holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rethymnon to Matala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Matala, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anogia.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Palace of Faistos
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Palace of Faistos ©
Palace of Faistos

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nights
Anogia

Anogia ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Of Zeus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panagia Serviotissa, examine the collection at Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Psiloritis Mountain, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John The Baptist. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Silva Daskalaki Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kazani Zargianakis Distillery, and then examine the collection at Nikos Xylouris House.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Anogia trip planning tool .

Drive from Matala to Anogia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Matala in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Anogia. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anogia

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Church of St. John The Baptist, Church of Panagia Serviotissa, Thirathen Museum of Musical Instruments, Silva Daskalaki Winery, Kazani Zargianakis Distillery
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Nikos Xylouris House ©
Nikos Xylouris House
Skinakas Observatory ©
Skinakas Observatory
Church of St. John The Baptist ©
Church of St. John The Baptist

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