Beach and peaks: Exploring Crete with the V-Class and Dynafit.

Crete has not only wonderful beaches, breathtaking landscapes and many historical sights, but also largely unknown winter attractions. Five women from outdoor apparel manufacturer Dynafit discover the Greek island – and the V-Class transports the athletic women safely from place to place.

V 250 d:
Fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO₂ emissions: 158 g/km.*
V-Class in the Crete mountains.

Exploring Crete with the V-Class: From the peaks to the beach.

Five winter athletes from the outdoor brand DYNAFIT discover the Greek Mediterranean island in the V-Class.
Photos: PatitucciPhoto

The unknown side of Crete.

Narrow mountain roads, snow-covered valleys and kilometre-high peaks: Although a familiar image in the Alps and other European mountain regions, it is a surprising sight on the Greek Mediterranean island of Crete. In addition to beautiful beaches, scented olive groves and antique archaeological sites, the island also boasts largely undiscovered winter attractions. A chain of mountains rises high above the picturesque coast, among them the peaks of the Lefka Ori mountains. At a height of 2,452 metres, the snow remains until early spring. Five employees from the outdoor brand DYNAFIT set out on an adventure to discover this largely unknown world.

Five colleagues from DYNAFIT climb into the peak of the Cretan mountain chain.

The winter athletes travel around 50 kilometres, ascend to 4,000 metres, overcome icy roads and steep inclines. Long descents on corn snow await the winter athletes at the end of their journey. Their loyal companion: the V-Class.

Two athletes in colorful outdoor clothing from DYNAFIT.

Space for demanding technology.

The DYNAFIT outdoor brand specializes in equipment for ambitious mountain climbers and winter athletes. The brand uses journeys like these to test new products under real conditions. This makes the group’s V-Class a truly practical companion. It provides plenty of space for their equipment and also transports the athletes safely through the trees and mountains.

Space for demanding technology.

The DYNAFIT outdoor brand specializes in equipment for ambitious mountain climbers and winter athletes. The brand uses journeys like these to test new products under real conditions. This makes the group’s V-Class a truly practical companion. It provides plenty of space for their equipment and also transports the athletes safely through the trees and mountains.

Two athletes in colorful outdoor clothing from DYNAFIT.

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The V-Class drives on a lonely mountain road.
V 250: Fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 158 g/km.*

Off to the sea with the V-Class.

After their ski run, the group travels back down the mountains to the coast. The peaks gradually disappear out of view through the V-Class’s panorama roof. The altitude decreases, the temperature rises and the group quickly passes below the snow line. This is where the island’s fertile regions begin. Rich green fields and vast olive groves sweep past the windows and the five women enjoy the comfortable view. Crete’s diverse flora creates a striking contrast to the seemingly uninhabited landscape. There is no traffic to hinder the group’s journey.

From the snow to the beach.

Crete’s beaches are the island’s familiar face. Palm trees decorate long streets and the climate turns Mediterranean again. The V-Class brings the five athletes to the harbour in Chania, where their journey ends. They take the opportunity to go for a final walk along the beach and even take a brief swim in the Mediterranean despite the fresh spring temperatures.

The five colleagues taking a final walk at a beach on Crete.

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The V-Class has everything a family car needs: outstanding quality, high levels of safety through a variety of active and passive driver assistance systems as well as a generous amount of room inside. But there’s even more: it’s as fun to drive as a smaller car and has all the benefits of a real Mercedes-Benz.


That makes it the perfect companion for a multitude of adventures and a life full of excitement. Starting a family doesn’t mean the end of an active, independent way of life – quite the opposite. It’s when the fun really starts with parents who still live their passions and hobbies and kids who grow as quickly as their dreams and desires.
Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo parked on the waterfront at sunset.

Cities, countryside and rivers – travelling through Spain with the Marco Polo.

Madrid – Valencia – Barcelona. The “Wild and Grizzly” travel and lifestyle blogger, Lori, discovers Spain’s fantastic sights with her family and the Marco Polo.

Into the south.

Outside, the landscape flies past. Fresh summer air blows into the Marco Polo through the half open window. It smells like sea and dry grass. The hot sun creates shimmering heat waves on the horizon. For every northern and central European this feels like vacation. Lori knows this phenomenon: “I love road trips. When you drive through the countryside you truly get a real feeling for the country.” The British blogger is drawn to the south.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo on the beach, with a view of the sea.

Spain was at the top of her wish list. Together with her husband, Paul, her son, Felix, and the Marco Polo, she set out to discover the country’s three largest cities.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo's cockpit with its large multimedia display.

An expert in the city.

The journey started in Spain’s capital. After only a few hundred meters, Paul and Lori were already relieved that they were not travelling in a massive mobile home. The Marco Polo glides through the inner city traffic with the ease of a car, despite its spacious dimensions. The seven inch multimedia display crowning the middle of the elegantly curved centre console displays precise 3D navigation maps along with live traffic information. Lori still remembers the days when she had to travel through a foreign country with a sprawling map on her lap. Thankfully, that is now a thing of the past. Now she can lean back and relax in the passenger seat and turn her gaze to the scenery outside.

An expert in the city.

The journey started in Spain’s capital. After only a few hundred meters, Paul and Lori were already relieved that they were not travelling in a massive mobile home. The Marco Polo glides through the inner city traffic with the ease of a car, despite its spacious dimensions. The seven inch multimedia display crowning the middle of the elegantly curved centre console displays precise 3D navigation maps along with live traffic information. Lori still remembers the days when she had to travel through a foreign country with a sprawling map on her lap. Thankfully, that is now a thing of the past. Now she can lean back and relax in the passenger seat and turn her gaze to the scenery outside.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo's cockpit with its large multimedia display.

Experiencing city life in Madrid.

The density and diversity of cultural and architectural attractions in Madrid is unmatched in Europe. Mediaeval buildings and royal palaces stand shoulder to shoulder with modern Spanish architecture. For the gourmets, Madrid brings together the entire country’s culinary highlights. Creative tapas, a flavoursome paella and a handful of sweet roasted churros with chocolate sauce are all a must. Here you can sample the flavours to your hearts delight – and no worries: the Marco Polo’s roof bed holds up to 160 kg. Madrid is a heady experience for Lori: “The city is lively and colourful and all of the different colours almost overload your senses.”

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The striking front of the Marco Polo in front of palm trees at sunset.
Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo in front of orange trees with the high-roof extended.

Contrasts in Valencia.

After a few eventful days in Madrid, the three set out toward Valencia. Out of the country, one begins to get the feeling that the clocks tick more slowly out here. After the Turia River flooded half of the city at the end of the 1950s, the river was diverted out of the city and the riverbed dried out. Today the countryside surrounding Valencia is irrigated by the Turia’s numerous tributaries, creating a flourishing agricultural industry. Its name is simplicity itself: Huerta – vegetable garden. Where the Turia once ran through the city is now a leisure park with the futuristic buildings of the “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias”.  Valencia is a city of contrasts. Green oases and metropolitan flair, modern architecture and historical romance, city and seaside vacation.

Contrasts in Valencia.

After a few eventful days in Madrid, the three set out toward Valencia. Out of the country, one begins to get the feeling that the clocks tick more slowly out here. After the Turia River flooded half of the city at the end of the 1950s, the river was diverted out of the city and the riverbed dried out. Today the countryside surrounding Valencia is irrigated by the Turia’s numerous tributaries, creating a flourishing agricultural industry. Its name is simplicity itself: Huerta – vegetable garden. Where the Turia once ran through the city is now a leisure park with the futuristic buildings of the “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias”.  Valencia is a city of contrasts. Green oases and metropolitan flair, modern architecture and historical romance, city and seaside vacation.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo in front of orange trees with the high-roof extended.
Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: Felix standing next to the Marco Polo.

Mini-hotel on wheels.

Lori and Paul feel that showing their son Felix the world is extremely important – because this will shape his character. But fun is also essential. After the long walks through Madrid and Valencia they follow the AP-7 coastal highway to Barcelona. Stopping to take a spontaneous break and a quick swim in the sea is no problem at all with the Marco Polo. “It is like a mini-hotel on wheels”, explains Lori. The Marco Polo not only fascinates the parents but also Felix, above all.

Climbing up the pop up roof is a fun adventure every time. Nevertheless, they still have to keep Felix entertained during long drives. The numerous hidden compartments provided plenty of space for Felix’s toys and their luggage. Thanks to its comfortable ambience and the innovative Intelligent Drive safety concept from Mercedes-Benz, Lori always felt like she was safe and in good hands – both on and off the road.

Drawers yes, compromises no.

In her blog “Wild and Grizzly”, Lori writes about her family life, food, living, design and travel. Yet assigning the Marco Polo just one of these categories proves difficult. Thanks to the rotating driver and passenger seats they can all sit at the folding table like a real family. The complete kitchenette with refrigerator lets them conjure up delicious food in a matter of moments. Then they can all relax on the ergonomically designed beds. The ambient lighting and the stylish piano lacquer design elements in the interior banish any classical clichés of camping holidays. In the “Travel” category the Marco Polo is in a class of its own anyway.

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The folding table in the Marco Polo with vegetables and bread.
Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo at the seafront.

The crowning finale: Barcelona.

On their final stop in Barcelona, Lori feels like a real tourist, in a positive sense. “Here you have all of the hotspots like the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Gaudí or Las Ramblas. There is so much to see and the food is fantastic.” Lori is enthusiastic about the week of pure Spain: “I really can recommend the Marco Polo. Both for couples who want to experience an adventure and also for families who want to discover the country and the people. The Marco Polo was extremely versatile and the perfect vacation vehicle.”

The crowning finale: Barcelona.

On their final stop in Barcelona, Lori feels like a real tourist, in a positive sense. “Here you have all of the hotspots like the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Gaudí or Las Ramblas. There is so much to see and the food is fantastic.” Lori is enthusiastic about the week of pure Spain: “I really can recommend the Marco Polo. Both for couples who want to experience an adventure and also for families who want to discover the country and the people. The Marco Polo was extremely versatile and the perfect vacation vehicle.”

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo: The Marco Polo at the seafront.

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V 250 d: Fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 158 g/km.*

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