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Crete

09/08/2016

Travel Made Simple: Heraklion Car Rental

Crete is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over two million tourists arrive year to spend their summer holiday in this Mediterranean paradise. Heraklion, the capital, usually serves as the entrepôt with the second busiest airport in Greece and a port as well.

Heraklion makes logistical sense, it is located close to many of the major attractions on the island and the city itself is ancient with lots of historical buildings and monuments to visit. One of the best ways to ensure that your time in Crete is fun and trouble free is to get a rental car in Heraklion upon arrival.

A rental car opens up many possibilities, allowing you to tailor your vacation to your needs. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when you are considering Heraklion car rentals.

Pick-up: Most car rental services have a booth at the airport and the port, and some scattered throughout the city. It is obviously easiest to pick it up at the airport or port, wherever you arrive. This, way, you will have your own wheels right from the start, and should you decide to visit a café or visit the market before you check into your hotel, you can do so with ease.

Spot vs. Pre-booking: For most international destinations, booking early makes sense. Yet there is a case to be made for walk-ins. There is a possibility of lower rates and perhaps a better car if you choose to book your rental car at the booth. It is, however, advisable to pre-book at all times. If the queues at the booth are too long, or they run out of vehicles, you may be stranded without an alternative. Canceling a pre-booked car in Crete does not carry a charge if you book from a local rental car service.

Add-ons: Consider the add-ons and accessories that are provided. GPS and navigation systems can be helpful if you are trying to avoid data charges on your smartphone. Child seats are provided free of charge, but you must put in the request in advance.

The greatest benefit of a rental car is undoubtedly the freedom to travel on your own schedule. It can often mean the difference between the memories of a lifetime or a nightmare you never talk about.

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