Diving on Crete: There are many
diving schools across Crete, though due to overfishing in the surrounding sea,
fish are less prevalent than they were, and diving is less interesting than in
previous years. The most popular diving spots in Crete are in the high-market
destination of Elounda.
Cycling on Crete: Crete’s rugged, mountainous terrain offers plenty of
roads and little traffic. For that reason, many choose to bring their bikes with
them to Crete. It has been known for Tour de France cyclists to come in spring
to train! Most of the roads are steep and difficult.
Hiking on Crete: Probably the number one exercise on Crete, especially
amongst German tourists. You’ll notice plenty of badly signposted hiking trails
across the island. Many people walk along the south coast on in the
Mountains. The highest mountains on Crete are about 2500 high and have a real
alpine character to them. The best time for hiking is April to June, when it’s
not too hot and the wild flowers are in bloom. The E4 walk (a European
long-distance walk) crosses the breadth of Crete from west to east, and is
marked with little yellow signs.
Water sports on Crete: You’ll find many opportunities to participate in
water sports in the more touristy destinations. Swimming, snorkelling, surfing
and sailing are a typical activities offered.
Golf on Crete: Golf is also quite popular on Crete, although building the
courses themselves have sparked plenty of debates between environmentalists and
developers. Gold courses require plenty of fresh water which is hard to find on
Crete. Still, you’ll find some courses near the luxury resort of
Elounda, and a
nice new course near the island’s capital, Iraklio. A new one is undergoing
construction to the Far East of Crete.
Fishing on Crete: There are few big rivers and lakes on Crete, so
freshwater fishing is virtually unheard of. Fishing in the sea is allowed, with
plenty of limits. The Cretan seas are home to many Mediterranean species;
porgies, red mullets, barbell mullets and Samson fishes are in abundance here.
If you are really lucky, you may even catch a pike. Some tavernas will prepare
your fish for you if you pay them a little money. For more information, there
are shops in bigger towns selling fishing equipment – their owners will be happy
to help. You can buy simple fishing equipment in many supermarkets. Flyfishing
is also quite popular here.