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Destination Highlight : Crete, Greece


 

THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION

Crete is the biggest island in Greece, is situated in Aegean and Libyan Seas. It is at the crossroad between East and West, Africa and Europe. Its geographic location and the contact with different civilizations, attributed to the special culture of this island. Cretians are famous for their hospitality (Xenios - Zeus, the god of hospitality, was born in Crete), their love towards their country and preservation of customs.


 

 

 

 

Vineyards in Cretan

Vineyards in Cretan

The island has everything to offer: mountainous landscapes, a coast with many beautiful beaches and rocky coves, beautiful towns and charming villages and harbors, excellent food, ruins like Knossos, of the Minoan Civilization, one of the greatest civilization ever, and exciting nightlife.


Its fertile grounds are home to the famous cretan citrus fruits. While the endless olive groves produce the fine cretan olive oil, and vineyards produce fine Cretan wines. Everywhere you turn you will see historic monuments that reveal the island's history.


Administratively, Crete is divided into four prefectures Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi). All prefectures or if you wish, all towns and villages, are ideal for touring. They all have unseen beauties and important sites to see.

 

 

 

Creten's canyons

LAND OF CANYONS

The prefecture of Chania covers the western part of Crete. It boasts awe-inspiring canyons, around the prefecture there are more than 60 canyons, of unique beauty. You will see important archaeological sites (Aptera,Falaserna), museums with rare findings and historic monasteries. Check out the Old Venetian port with the Venetian Lighthouse and the busy Municipal Market. Don’t miss visiting Platania, Georgioupoli, Paleochora, Agia Marina, Sfakia, Fragokastelo, Kissamos, Elafonisi and other regions where you will discover uniquely beautiful cretan countryside.

 

 

 


Psiloritis Mountain

NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

Rethymno is surrounded by mountains. East of the prefecture is Psiloritis mountain, the highest and most famous of Crete. Southwest of Psiloritis is the mountain chain of Kerdos. At the northeast end of Rethymno is situated Kouloukounas and Talea Mountains, while southwest of the prefecture is mount Kryoneritis. The endless vineyards produced the fine cretan olive oil. Explore the historic towns of Rethymno, Spyli, Lake Preveli, Anogia, Plakia, Episkopi, Agia Galini and you will be impressed by the majesty of these beautiful villages. You will find historic monuments all around Rethymno. Worth visiting are the monasteries of Arkadion (or Arkadi) and Preveli.

 

 

 


Heraklion

LAND OF PALACES

The prefecture of Heraklion is between Rethymno and Lasithi. It is the most densely populated prefecture in Crete and the one with the biggest financial development. It was the center of Minoan civilization, a fact that gave it international fame. Here one can see the most important archaeological sites in Crete. Knossos, the legendary palace of Minoan, Festos and Mallia are the biggest and most impressive palaces of the ancient world. Heraklion boasts beautiful beaches, a variety of landscapes,and unique scenery.

 

 

 


Spinalonga Island

JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

The prefecture of Lasithi is at the East End of Crete. The combination of wild mountain beauty with green fertile valleys, along with picturesque villages and modern cities create its special beauty.

Lasithi consist of three big cities. Agios Nikolaos, the prefecture’s capital, Lerapetra, the nymph of the Libyan sea as it’s called, and rustic Sitia.

In Lasithi you will enjoy breathtaking beaches and visit picturesque villages. Worth visiting are Elounda, Sissi, Koutsounari, Agia Fotia, Myrto, Makrys Gialos, Palekastro and of course Vai, the only phoenix forest in Europe. The unique history of Lasithi is revealed in the archaeological sites and monuments all around the prefecture. The remains of the ancient town Lato, the palace of Zakros, the minoan settlement in Palekastro, the temple of Dikteos Zeus, the castle Kales, Spinaloga and the byzantine monasteries draw a unique route through time.