During our recent visit to Rethymno, Platanias and Chania in Crete we did some pretty awesome things. We’re not the usual sit around the pool holiday-makers. Of course, we love to relax but we also love to get out and so some fun and exciting activities that we can’t do at home. Here are three of the best things to do if you ever venture to north Crete!
1. Captain Nick’s Glass Bottom Boat
Kicking things off, we headed to Chania for the day as we were staying about 20 minutes away in Platanias and we’d heard there was lots to do in Chania town. It’s a great mix of old town and new with Zara, Pull & Bear and Sephora for shopping lovers and then a beautiful harbour and pretty streets if you love the old town life. We headed towards the harbour and spotted something we’d already spied on Trip Advisor. Captain Nick’s Glass Bottom Boat tour comes in either one hour, two hour or three hour trips I believe.
We took the one hour trip (only €10!) out towards a beautiful little island in the middle of the ocean that was about a 10 minute chug in the boat. Captain Nick is a proper character, speak awesome English and jumps off his cute boat to find you starfish, octopus and crazy fish to look at. How cute is this sea urchin? You can either stay on the boat and have a look at some of the creatures through the glass bottom of the boat or you can jump in with provided snorkels and flippers and check the scenery out. This is super good value and I’d massively recommend it for a quick win activity.
2. Climbing Gorge Agios Antonios / St Anthony’s Gorge
There are tonnes of gorges in Crete that are fantastic for mountain climbing, scrambling and exploring but we heard about St Anthony’s Gorge and decided to head out and see it. Located about 30 minutes from Rethymno centre, we rented a car and drove out to the gorge. You can find it on Google Maps here. This is a seriously tough climb so it’s definitely not for kids or the elderly. You need to be pretty strong and fit to take this on because it’s about 3 hours of pure climbing, walking, hiking and wading. The gorge is stunning and if you love a little challenge, I’d definitely recommend. Take plenty of water and wear comfy trainers or hiking boots that you don’t mind getting wet. There’s a lovely tavern at the entrance of the gorge where you can get an awesome lunch afterwards which is seriously great value and so delicious. We had a traditional mezze platter and they brought out free dessert.
3. Off road buggy tours with On The Rocks
In the little town where our hotel was we spotted these guys! These awesome off road tours are based in Platanias, Chania and offer two tours of the wilderness and mountain tracks of north Crete. You head in land and venture up super high into the mountains and then down around forest areas. We headed out on the Red tour which was €80 per buggy and took 1.5 hours. This is also pretty extreme and requires some serious driving skills! The buggies are manual and there’s some pretty tough terrain to get over, I’m talking rocky roads and driving through rivers.
You get seriously mucky on this tour so do not wear your fave clothes! You’ll also get wet feet so if you’re not driving maybe wear flip flops or trainers you don’t mind getting wet. This trip was awesome but it was pretty scary at some times because when the dust kicks up on the mountain roads visibility gets really bad. If you like go-karting, extreme sports, getting dirty etc, you’ll love this!