Land, Sea or Sky: Discover Crete Your Way


A paradise for thrill-seekers, hikers and bikers; Crete boasts an infinite list of adrenaline-fuelled activities, whether it’s on land, by the sea or in the sky. Offering wild natural beauty and thousands of years of culture, history and exquisite cuisine, The Royal Blue provides the perfect sanctuary for travellers looking to explore Crete their own way. 


Perfectly positioned in the middle of Crete, the largest and most popular of the Greek Islands, The Royal Blue is unquestionably the gateway to an exhilarating expedition of unique experiences; all of which can be booked directly through the hotels dedicated concierge team – from off road safari’s through the picturesque Cretan mountains and cave hopping between over 4,500 mystical caves, to hiking one of Europe’s longest gorges.



Visually striking and arguably the best way to explore Crete’s mountainous region, guests can cycle up, down and around the land of the legends whilst taking in spectacular views. Whether conquering the White Mountains or taking a leisurely cycle through wineries, olive groves and charming Cretan villages, Crete offers tours for both biking beginners and peddling pros. 


For a dose of off-road exploration, guests can zig zag along Crete’s abandoned dirt tracks in their very own four-wheel drive, or for an even more thrilling experience, an off-road buggy safari. Journey to the Ancient Palace of Knossos, the white sands of Elafonissi Beach or stargaze from some of the highest and isolated points in Crete.



The longest gorge in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, the limestone peaks of Crete's White Mountains are slashed with dozens of gorges, but the mightiest of all is Samaria. Willpower and determination will take guests on a challenging yet rewarding hike along lucid lagoon-like waters and steep rocky cliffs dusted in lush green forestry.


If it’s the Cretan blues guests wish to explore Crete by, sea kayaking is the ideal way to take full advantage of the islands rugged coastline made up of hidden abysses, caves and reefs.



Not for the faint hearted, the western town of Avdou is home to Crete’s most popular paragliding spot. World famous, the vast deep slopes form the ideal landscape for adventure seekers willing to plunge into the air whilst reaching altitudes of up to 1200m; taking in views of the city of Heraklion, Hersonissos, Malia and even Santorini on clear days.


Located between the Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon and historic Heraklion, the 5* luxury resort allows for easy exploration. Recently benefitting from an extensive refurbishment across its rooms, waterfront suites, seafront outdoor gym, bars and restaurants as well as additional facilities and marina, The Royal Blue has reopened as Crete’s most luxurious hotel. With 190 elegant rooms, luxurious waterfront suites and exclusive villas, The Royal Blue lends itself to families, couples and solo travellers seeking a blend of adventure, relaxation, seclusion and enriching experiences.


Prices at The Royal Blue start from 160EUR (approx. £141) a night.


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