More than an island...
World-renowned for its ancient civilization and its unique natural beauty, Crete is more like a small country than another Greek island. The fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating it from the Libyan Sea. The island was destined by its geographical position to become the bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa.
It is the place where the Minoan civilization, one of the most important civilizations of the world (2600-1150 BC), started. The Venetian occupation followed by the Ottoman left their mark in architecture especially in the main cities of Crete.
Crete covers an area of 8,336 km2 with a coastline over 1,000 km, with some of the Mediterranean’s loveliest beaches. The island is extremely mountainous and is characterized by four great mountain groups. To the west there are the White Mountains (Lefka Ori or Madares) featuring at least 20 mountain peaks over 2.200 meters high. Crete is gifted with a plethora of caves, gorges and plateaus of exceptional beauty. Crete is known as the island of 100 gorges, the most known is the gorge of Samaria.
The strength of Crete is the diverse and dramatic morphology of this island, as it means you have a large array of activities at your disposal. You can go to the beach and enjoy the waves, or you can put on your hiking shoes and explore the Cretan gorges.
“There is a kind of flame in Crete – let us call it “soul” – something more powerful than either life or death. There is pride, obstinacy, valor, and together with these something else inexpressible and imponderable, something which makes you rejoice that you are a human being, and at the same time tremble. ”
― N. Kazantzakis (Report to Greco)
It is Greece’s top touristic destination. Crete has 3 international airports with direct flights to most European cities. There is also daily ferry connection with Piraeus (Athens) as well with other islands like Santorini.
All the artists who visited Crete describe the distinctive light that you will not find anywhere else on earth.
It is a safe and friendly place. The famous Cretan hospitality will win the heart of every foreign visitor. Cretans often distinguish themselves from the other Greeks.
The climate is ideal most of the year. The touristic period is from April to mid-October. But the best times to visit Crete are in late spring/early summer and in autumn when the weather is not too hot and the summer hordes of tourists have left.
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