Crete winter tour

Jul 10, 2014
the Berwyn Mountains
Funster No
Hymer S740
since 2009
For the information of anyone who would consider Crete for a tour. We over wintered there this last winter and found it a wonderful place.

It is a beautiful island, with dramatic scenery, and a cultural and archaeological history second to nowhere in Europe. Although it contains the southernmost part of Europe I wouldn’t recommend it as a winter destination for those that like to sit in the sun. It may be on the same latitude as Rabat in Maroc the weather is changeable to say the least in the winter months. There was strong sun for an hour or two most days but also rain and on one occasion snow at sea level. We only found one campsite that was open in the winter, and that only had one other van on it. We wild camped for almost all the time there. It is a wild camping paradise.

Here’s a list of some of the wilding sites we used on Crete (and two pay ones) I have only included the most interesting or in and near cities as the rest of the island is a wilding paradise, even more so than the Peloponnese and every village seems to have water with many taps and fountains at the roadsides as well. We only found one campsite open the whole time. All places mentioned are accessible in an 8mtr van. Many though I suspect will not be so easily accessible in summer season. We stayed 7.5 weeks on the island thoroughly enjoyed it. The whole of that time I doubt if we saw more than a dozen vans and those were only to wave to as we passed, of those maybe 4 or 5 were brits.

Festos (Minoan Palace) 35.05165, 24.81090 quiet, scenic, bins.

Agia Triada 35.05889, 24.79249 alternative to Festos, more secluded, approach from Festos direction ONLY! Bins.

Kato Zakros 35.09685, 26.23542 carpark on the side of road at the head of dead man’s gorge. Water, bins very quiet road. Also possible over nighting on the magical bay of Kato Zakros itself (35.09613, 26.26324) i you don’t fancy the 1.5 hour walk down the gorge. The gorge itself is spectacular but you need boots!

Ierapetra 35.00650, 25.73974 on harbour/beach, municipal WIFI 5 mins city centre.

Agia Galini 35.09582, 24.68867 on harbour WC, water, municipal WIFI

Rethymno 35.37298, 24.47258 sea view, below castle walls, 5 mins Venetian harbour and lovely city centre, Open WIFI form nearby tavernas.

Mone Arkadiou 35.30879, 24.62873 very interesting and historic monastery, worth a visit, very quiet over night on car park.

Iraklio 35.34169, 25.14060 Harbour car park 3 euros 24hrs (6 if you don’t fit into the largish bays) WC, Cretan capital, 5 mins Venetian harbour, 10 minutes world famous Archeological museum and city centre, 2 minutes to bus station and buses (3 euro) out to Knossos Palace.

Psychro, Diktaian Cave on Lassithi plateau, (Cave and plateau very interesting) adjacent tavernas with wifi.

Agios Nikolaos 35.18726, 25.71828 Marina, 6 euro 24 hr, (including EHU and hot showers, WC, WIFI) water extra all the Brit yachties makes this a piece of the UK on Crete!!! You need to ask at the car park kiosk or marina office to be let in.

Chania 1. 35.51730, 24.02431 car park in shadow of city walls, nearby tavernas and Wifi, 5 mins historic and picturesque venetian harbour, 10 mins to one of the most charming old cities on Crete, could stay a number of nights (see Chania 2 for services and single night stay).

Chania 2. 35.51873, 24.01395 sea car park, WC, water, bins. 2 mins old veniatian harbour and city.

Kalathas 35.54830, 24.06296 tiny harbour and beach, very pleasant spot, squat WCs on beach, water on harbour.

Falasarnia 35.49485, 23.58244 large quiet spot, fantastic view of bay and easy access to one of the biggest and best beaches on Crete

Gerani 35.52039, 23.88918 car park on beach, water

On the Peloponnese

Patras 38.24098, 21.72515 quiet, sea front beach, 10 mins walk city centre. Bins, water and grey water dump the other side of swimming pool building where buses park. Handy for city and ferry.

Korinthos (modern Corinth) 37.94045, 22.93890 on harbour, 5 mins city centre. Bins.
Jan 10, 2013
Near Uttoxeter and Crete
Funster No
Frankia i740 Plus
Still trucking and learning
Great post! We used to live in Crete and are there at the moment, unfortunately not in the van this time. Last winter was exceptionally wet and cold and long, however the olive farmers were very pleased as the previous winter had been very dry and warm. Glad to see you came to our side of the island (south east). Another really good wild camping stop is Koutsouras Communal Park - bins, water, walkable into Koutsouras village and a really lovely little taverna in the summer months. (y)
Jul 25, 2013
Funster No
A few years
Thanks very much for this, spent quite a bit if time on Crete many years ago, wildcamped on Plakias beach there's now just hotel after hotel :-( looking forward to heading that way in the motorhome mid September for ???.
Anymore info appreciated
Nov 30, 2009
West Yorkshire
Funster No
Since 2009
We'd love to go to Crete in Pug. How wonderful.
It will have to wait till we've longer than 3 weeks to take off at once for us. Stuck for time now with Ralph still working, but we aren't wishing our lives away. We still get plenty offs in our lovely country. We fly to go further afield.
We'd also prefer to go to Crete out of season as I know it gets red hot , I'm sure we'd be far too warm in Pug. Maybe end of September/October time. But for now a nice air con apartment and a hire car suits us.
We go every 2/3 years , to southern Crete Aghia Galini , as we got married there 23 years ago 19/05/94.
Actually were only the second couple ( who didn't live there ) to get married by the village mayor.
You can't get a package trip to Aghia Galini now, and It's mostly Dutch and German tourists that visit. But we've found, because of this it's got better over the years.
It's not changed since we first visited it all those years ago either. Great seafood !
We are heading over again in 5 weeks for a bit of sun , sea and s...........
Can't wait.
Nov 30, 2009
West Yorkshire
Funster No
Since 2009
We’ve booked a cheeky week back in Aghia Gallini again this June ( flying ) not in Pug.
We also invited our three kids to come along ( expenses paid ) but only one, our daughter, took us up.
One sons booked all his holidays already, the other hates suncream and hot sun !
We’re looking forward to lots of lovely food and plenty hot sunshine.
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