The rich and varied terrain of the island – the mountain massifs, the countless canyons, the caves, the sometimes wild, sometimes tender Cretan countryside, the measureless miles of coastline, the unusual and rare eco-systems and different microclimates that make up the island… all provide ideal opportunities for extreme sports, nature activities and other unique experiences.
An alternative approach to tourism in Heraklio has begun to emerge in the last years – there have grown up a number of companies dedicated to arranging activities on land and sea, for the Tyro and the Old-hand, for young and old.
Cretan Sports Cycling is a newly established company. They explore Crete on bike, researching tours that cyclists really want to take. The company offers fully-supported cycling tours in the gorgeous and diverse island of Crete, with its many and various attractions.
Mesarmi tasting Crete is a tasting room dedicated to the three main Cretan products, the wine, the olive oil and the cheese. It is situated in a small cozy place, in the rural countryside of Heraklion prefecture, more speciﬁcally in the village Choudetsi.
The company offers tailor-made packages for exploring Crete through sea kayaks and other activities – such as hiking, climbing and scuba diving. Furthermore, it offers the service of renting and delivering several models of sea kayaks to any part of the island you choose to stay at.
The company specializes in the area of outdoor activities and alternative forms of tourism in Crete. It organizes all kinds of active holidays (hiking, canyoning, spelunking, bicycle-tours, horse-riding and so on), covering the most interesting and beautiful routes and areas of the island. Their Active Holidays have been so developed as to cover anyone's interest in the nature, history and landscape of Crete
Cretan Paths organizes thematic gastronomic and wine-tasting excursions, organizing seminars on Cretan diet and cooking: all kinds of cultural (e.g. pot-making) and culinary excursions are offered.
Full holiday packages or daytrips on horses that combine horse riding, exploring and sight-seeing. Country Hotel Velani provides the base from which one explores the mountain paths up into the Dikti mountain range, onto the Lasithi plateau and down again to the south coast of the island.
The vessel Galaxias is a spacious, traditional in construction and modern, at the same time, with basic engine force its motor of 7.5 miles per hour. capable of sailing by sails. It can host 6 people in its 3 double bed cabins. It also provides a big bathroom with shower , a big cooker with 2 gas rings, a big fridge with a freezer, huge storage compartments for your gear.
Safari Club Crete offers off-road experiences. Daytrips in Land Rovers cross canyons, climb mountain roads, taking in plateaux and villages – all sorts of local attractions. They also offer one thematic excursion, the Minoan Route.