Our most recommended things to do in Fodele

Agia Pelagia: Quad Safari-Family Tour

1. Agia Pelagia: Quad Safari-Family Tour

Begin the tour at the Peninsula Resort and Spa with a short theoretical introduction and a quad driving lesson before the adventure begins. Follow a beautiful off-road cliff path along the sea and into the heights of Achlada away from traffic and in the midst of the most beautiful nature the area has to offer. Enjoy breathtaking views over Agia Pelagia until reaching Heraklion, then continue to the ancient and abruptly abandoned ghost village of Achlada.  Find out more about the background of the village and the traditional Cretan way of life and share a special personal moment with the last two remaining inhabitants of the village. Stroll through this otherwise inaccessible village at leisure. From the heights of Achlada, pass in between the mountains surrounded by breathtaking nature before continuing to Fodele, a traditional Cretan village, also called the village of the oranges and birthplace of the famous painter El Greco.  Explore Crete’s culture and marvel at its local handicrafts. Take some time for shopping and a visit to the museum or to the village’s orthodox churches. Sit back and enjoy a famous freshly squeezed orange juice made from the local orange trees for a more relaxing experience. Return to the hotel at 1.00 p.m., just in time for lunch.

From Herakleion: Day Trip to Preveli Beach and Kourtaliotiko

2. From Herakleion: Day Trip to Preveli Beach and Kourtaliotiko

Discover one of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge where you will stop to see the magnificent landscapes and the springs of the river Preveli that flow inside the gorge and which result in the river at Preveli Beach. Visit the south of Crete and stop at the viewpoint above where you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and take some fantastic pictures. Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beach, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll along the beach. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion. 10:45 Arrival at Preveli – free time 15:00 Departure from Preveli 16:50 Arrival in Heraklion Route: 210 km Duration: app. 7hours

Heraklion:Spinalonga Ag Nikolaos Elounda All Inn Boat & BBQ

3. Heraklion:Spinalonga Ag Nikolaos Elounda All Inn Boat & BBQ

Enjoy a walking tour of the island of Spinalonga during a full-day excursion from Elounda to the island. Visit Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and swim in the crystal-clear waters of Kolokytha, where you can enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch. Depart from Heraklion in a spacious, comfortable bus and be carried to the designated locations along the coast through the St. George Gorge to Elounda, a tranquil coastal resort. Board the bus to visit the bay and the beach of Kolokytha at around 10:30 a secluded haven that offers a respite from daily life. Swim and eat a delicious BBQ on board. Take the boat around 12:45 to Spinalonga, across Mirabello Bay. Learn more about Spinalonga's long and complex history as a natural barrier for Olous in Ancient Greek times, a Saracen pirate refuge, a Venetian fortification, and a Turkic settlement at 2:45 pm. Head towards our last destination from Elounda by bus, and take the opportunity for a quick olive oil tasting, before arriving at the capital town of Lassithi, Agios Nikolaos at around 3:45 pm. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and enjoy your walk to the local shops and board the bus to return to Heraklion at approximately 6:30.

Agia Pelagia: Guided Quad Bike Tour

4. Agia Pelagia: Guided Quad Bike Tour

Take part in this exciting and unforgettable experience which is guaranteed to highlight your holiday in Crete. Elevate your adventurous side to a whole new level with this quad safari. Ride and ATV through Crete’s rugged mountainous terrains and lush green valleys. Have a thrilling and adrenaline pumping experience by overcoming obstacles along the way through well-hidden routes of the island. Be surrounded by stunning landscapes and scenic viewpoints not accessible with other means of transportation. Our experienced guides will take you to unique vantage points that provide the most chances of encountering wildlife coupled with the awe- inspiring vistas of two traditional villages in Crete. The combination of this exhilarating quad biking safari and access to unreachable viewpoints will give you a unique perspective of the island assured to create lasting memories. Visit of the ‘Ghost town’ Off-the-beaten-path exploration: Explore a deserted village which was once thriving and learn about its rich history from our knowledgeable guides. Step back in time and learn about the culture and lifestyle of people who used to inhabit there. Have a chance to exchange pleasantries with the few residents that still live there and ask them any questions about this fascinating village. Wander around the picturesque alleys and observe the architectural remnants of the past whilst capturing unique photographs of the history frozen in time. Connect with a different side of the island’s history and culture that it is not commonly visited and known. Our quad safari will introduce you to one of Crete’s mysterious ‘ghost town’ in a funny and safe way to create life lasting memories. Visit Fodele - El-Greco Visit and explore a traditional charming Cretan village known for its picturesque surroundings, characterised by green valleys and hills covered in olive and orange groves. The village is nestled in a fertile valley, providing a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere to visitors. It is renowned as the birthplace of El Greco, the famous Renaissance painter. Our quad safari will take you right outside the house of El Greco where you will have the chance to see his family home and learn about his life. Another point of interest in the beautiful village of Fodele is the 11th century church of Panagia which features traditional Byzantine architectural elements and gives a glimpse into the rich cultural and religious heritage of the Byzantine Empire. During the visit you will have the opportunity to see this church as well as to explore the central village and have a short break for refreshments in an iconic café next to a river. Return Having explored different aspects of the island through this diverse and enriching quad biking tour we take the return route back to the starting point. Our fun does not end until the last min

Knossos Palace guided tour - Heraklion City tour + market

5. Knossos Palace guided tour - Heraklion City tour + market

Join a journey through time as you explore the ancient ruins of Knossos Palace and the bustling city of Heraklion. Early in the morning, you visit Knossos Palace, the most You’ll-known landmark on the island of Crete and one of Greece's most spectacular archaeological sites. With your guide, explore the archaeological site and discover more about its intriguing and enigmatic past. Our next stop is to the village of Patsides to see the Minoan Farm, where you can sample their Cretan traditional products and roam through their land that is completely covered with Cretan plants. Later, you return to the city for a stroll through Heraklion's historic center with a live English speaking tour guide. Then, you will have free time in the capital of Crete to browse its contemporary shops, have lunch or a coffee in one of its many restaurants, or explore its magnificent medieval structures. If you'd like, you may also buy a ticket and visit the archaeological museum.

From Heraklion: Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Guided Day Trip

6. From Heraklion: Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Guided Day Trip

After pickup from your hotel in the Heraklion area at approximately 7:30 AM, journey by bus to the Imbros Gorge in the eastern part of the White Mountains of Crete. Upon arrival, enjoy an easy 3-hour hike through the narrow passages and marvel at the stunning rock formations. The Imbros Gorge is the second most popular gorge for walkers in Crete after the gorge of Samaria. This picturesque gorge is smaller (8km long) than the Samaria but is just as beautiful. During your descent you will visit various famous locations such as the Stenada (the gorge's narrowest passage), Mesofarango (a wider passage) and Xepitira Arch (a natural stone arch). You'll then arrive at Komitades Village where buses will be waiting to bring you to Chora Sfakion for some relaxing free time at one of the taverns or cafés overlooking the sea. Continue by bus to the south coast and visit a beautiful beach for a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea. Relax and enjoy a traditional lunch before the bus trip back to Herakleion area at approximately 5:30 PM.

From Heraklion: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Tour

7. From Heraklion: Cave of Zeus & Knossos Palace Private Tour

Embark on a private day trip and leave Heraklion to explore the archeological site of the Palace of Knossos. Learn more about Cretan history at the site, take in the art and architecture, and relax while absorbing the local atmosphere and admiring the local villages. Journey through East Crete and admire the sights of the Lassithi Plateau and its forests and fertile land. Discover quaint villages, learn more about the local lifestyle, and see Cretan art and the remnants of the Byzantine Empire. Tuck in to delicious local food at an eatery recommended by your guide, and enjoy authentic Cretan food while on the tour. Amble in the footsteps of gods to the Cave of Zeus. Plunge into the mythical birthplace of the god Zeus sense the sanctity of this ancient site. Luxuriate in the eternal magnificence of the Minoan ruins and frescoes while in Knossos Palace. Succumb to the personalized service of a top history-archaeology guide and be stimulated by eclectic information and a stress-free pace in all archaeological areas.

Knossos Palace - Zeus Cave - Old Traditional Villages .

8. Knossos Palace - Zeus Cave - Old Traditional Villages .

Get to know the lesser-known side of Crete with a guided tour of the Lasithi Plateau, Knossos Palace, and an archaeological museum. Tour traditional local villages, an olive oil factory to learn about olive oil making, and old windmills once used to make corn and flour. Start off with the Lasithi Plateau, the highest plateau in Crete with an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. Step into history with a visit to old traditional villages and head to an olive oil factory where you can discover how olive oil used to be made as compared to its modern production.  After tasting some olive oil, visit Krasi village where the oldest plane tree in Crete is located. Visit old windmills that were used for corn and wheat production, as well as others that were used to pump water up to water the crops. See the cave where the mythical Zeus was rumored to have been born.  Visit Crete's most important archeological sites, the Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological museum. Enjoy lunch and peruse the area before leaving.

From Chania: Knossos Palace, Museum, & Wine Private Day Trip

9. From Chania: Knossos Palace, Museum, & Wine Private Day Trip

Discover some of the highlights of Crete on a day tour from Chania. Travel in luxury in a private chauffeured vehicle. See the striking frescoes of Knossos Palace, explore Heraklion and its archaeological museum, and soak up the local wine and food culture with recommendations from your guide. After hotel pickup, travel to the Palace of Knossos. Use the luxury vehicle's free Wi-Fi, charge your phone, or tuck into snacks on the drive. On arrival, explore the ruins and frescoes of Knossos Palace with your local guide who specializes in history and archaeology. See where myths were born. Next, visit the heart of central Crete, a rich Minoan land of olive groves and wine-red earth. Visit boutique award-winning estates to sample Cretan vintages with divine flavors. Then, soak up the entire collection of unique artworks at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum at your own pace. In the evening, take a stroll through the fortified city of Heraklion. Get recommendations from your guide on where and what to eat and drink. Dazzle your senses with delicious aromas of garlic and basil pouring from superb restaurants with local cuisine. Finally, return to your hotel in Chania.

Your Tailored Elafonisi Full-Day Private Tour from Heraklion

10. Your Tailored Elafonisi Full-Day Private Tour from Heraklion

Somewhere between heaven & earth, there is a Cretan beach paradise sculpted by nature over ancient times. On some days, this geological masterpiece is connected to the coastline of South-West Crete, and on others, it is an island you can easily wade to through a shallow sea corridor. Imagine yourself basking in crystal blue waters of the intermingled Cretan & Libyan Seas. With your toes sinking in the fine white sand that is blissfully blended with flecks of pink from millions of crushed shells as the fresh sea-breeze touches your cheeks leaving salt crystals in its wake. There are many ways to appreciate Elafonisi, but none quite as rewarding as a tailored & stress-free escape for the discerning travelers who pursue experiences at their own pace. On the road trip across West Crete rely on our top local insider to immerse in a true adventure by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. This is your relaxation rhythm. Take things slower, breathe deep & luxuriate in your freedom.

Add dates

Things to do in

All activities

20 activities found
Sort by:

Immersive experiences

Go beyond Fodele

Explore all

Frequently asked questions about Fodele

What are the best deals and discounts on activities and attractions in Fodele?

Other Sightseeing Options in Fodele

Want to discover all there is to do in Fodele? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Fodele

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 157 reviews

For us it was the first time on a quad! The guides were nice and involved the group a lot! In addition to the tour in the mountains and inland, the beauty of the tour is that we went down and explored ancient villages whose history they explained to us! At the end of the tour there is the possibility to have photos and videos (bring a key in advance to get them for free, otherwise you have to buy it at 10)

It was truly an unforgettable experience! First time on a quad bike for me and my fiancée, luckily we had a guide who immediately put us at ease with the vehicle and the group (4 couples in total). A three-hour journey (we chose the one from 6:15 pm to 9:15 pm) through the mountain roads to discover the ghost village, with breathtaking views at sunset. Really recommended !!

We had a great afternoon during this excursion thanks to Stan and his offbeat humor as well as his professionalism. We really enjoy the quads and there are very beautiful landscapes. Good value for money. Nothing to say, go for it!

Such a fun experience! Would definitely recommend. Loved the trails/roads we took and drove past some of the most beautiful spots. Awesome guide as well!

Many discoveries and sensations! Guides passionate about their country, I recommend 100%