Advice for Renting a Car in Crete

If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful island of Crete, one of the best ways to explore the island is by car. With its stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, and numerous beaches, having a car gives you the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. However, before hitting the road, it’s essential to know how to properly rest your car in Crete to ensure a safe and stress-free journey.

Firstly, it’s important to note that driving in Crete can be quite challenging due to the narrow roads, steep hills, and winding turns, especially if you are planning a trip to the mountains and to the south side of the island. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a car that suits the terrain and your driving skills. It’s also important to ensure that your car is properly maintained and has all the necessary documentation, including insurance, registration, and a valid driving license.

When choosing a car it important to decide whether you will need full insurance or not. We highly recommend going with the full insurance so you will be covered in a case of an accident, so you enjoy your trip more without having too much unnecessary stress. That being said, you will definitely need to check with the car rental which areas you are not allowed to visit, as it will void the insurance. For instance, a lot of car rentals will tell you not to drive to Balos beach as it is known the last few kilometres of the road is a dirt road. 

So once you have your car, the next step is to find a safe and secure place to rest it when you’re not driving. Most hotels and accommodation options in Crete offer parking facilities for guests, so it’s a good idea to check with your accommodation provider before arriving. Some hotels may offer complimentary parking, while others may charge a fee.

If you’re staying in a private villa or apartment, it’s important to ensure that there’s a safe and secure parking space for your car. In some areas, it may be difficult to find parking, especially in the city centers and during peak season (June to September), so it’s important to plan ahead and research parking options in advance.

When parking your car, it’s essential to follow the rules and regulations set by the local authorities. In Crete, parking is generally allowed in designated parking areas or on the side of the road where there are no parking restrictions. However, it’s important to check for signs indicating any parking restrictions, such as no parking zones or time-limited parking.

It’s also important to be aware of any potential hazards when parking your car, such as uneven surfaces or steep inclines. Always ensure that your car is parked securely and that the handbrake is engaged to prevent it from rolling away.

When leaving your car parked for an extended period, it’s important to take precautions to protect it from theft or damage. Always lock your car and ensure that any items (valuable and not) are kept out of sight, so ensure everything goes in the truck of your car before leaving the car. It’s also a good idea to park your car in a well-lit area and to avoid leaving it parked in secluded areas.

Renting a car in Crete requires planning and preparation to ensure a safe and stress-free journey. By choosing a suitable car, finding a safe and secure parking space, and taking precautions to protect your vehicle, you can enjoy exploring the island at your own pace and create unforgettable memories. And don’t forget to read through our Itineraries for some great suggestions!

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