Crete Island

Crete is the largest Greek island and the fifth in Europe by extension, with its 1,000 km of coastline full of inlets, bays and peninsulas, which offer a multitude of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean. The rest of Crete is one of the most popular European destinations with tens of thousands of tourists every year. Globally, it is important to the historical level as the seat of the Minoan civilization with important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys. Crete has always welcomes its visitors with the sounds of the Cretan lyre, the scents of orange blossom and jasmine, the sun shining, golden beaches and ... a glass of iced raki.

The large island of Crete is divided geographically into three areas: West Crete, Crete and Crete East Central Belongs to the first area of Chania Prefecture Chania with its capital, the second area belong to the two prefectures of Rethymno (Rehtymno capital) and the Prefecture of Heraklion (capital Heraklion), the third zone belongs to the Prefecture of Lassithi Agios Nikolaos with its capital.


Chania is rich in natural beauty, history, memory and culture. It 'a land whose visitors will experience nature in all its grandeur, visiting places of breathtaking. Endless expanses of sea with sandy beaches, coves and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches, hidden at the foot of the mountains. Impenetrable and majestic gorges, holy caves, snowy mountains, rivers, lush green valleys covered with olive trees and citrus. An area rich in rare endemic flora and fauna. The area of Chania offers the natural beauty of its numerous beaches of sand colored, more or less busy and organized, hidden coves accessible only by boat and sea, monasteries and churches. Among the many beaches we include: Elafonissi, Georgoupoli, Stalos and Agia Marina.


The prefecture of Rethymnon is Crete's most mountainous region, bordered by the White Mountains to the west and east from Mt. Psiloritis. This prefecture interesting villages, hiking trails between sea and mountains, and attractions of the city of Rethymnon on the south coast is deserted beaches that organized and very populated. In the prefecture there are also ancient cities and monasteries, gorges and caves. As in other areas of Crete, the prefecture of Rethymno has a myriad of idyllic beaches and secluded coves, crystal clear waters. One of the most beautiful beaches is Preveli that looks like a lagoon with palm trees, sand and emerald waters. Other beaches are: Agia Galini, Perivolia and Platanias.


Heraklion occupies the central area of Crete. A rather flat area, but rich in fertile valleys and plains, the plains of Messara coma. The mountain of Idi (Psiloritis for the locals) creates a natural border to the west Rethymnon, although they had their highest peaks in the area of Heraklion. In the east it is separated from the mountain Dikti Lasithi. A rather low mountain range, the Ori Asteroussia, height of 1200 meters in the center of the southern part. Since the area is much less mountainous than the rest of Crete, Heraklion is highly populated with numerous villages very close to himself. Most of the beaches to the north are sandy, with small bays and coves that protect the inland from Foort "Meltemi" (summer wind from the north). The southern coasts are open to the sea with the exception of the Bay of Messara. In part, sandy and pebbly beaches and crystal clear waters have very interesting for lovers of snorkeling and other underwater activities.


The prefecture of Lassithi occupies the extreme eastern part of the island and is divided into 8 municipalities: Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, Neapoli, Makri Gialos, Lefki, Oropedio (Lassithi Plateau) and Itanos. It borders the Sea of Crete north of the Libyan Sea to the south, the Carpathian Sea in the east, while to the west, the mountain range that descends gently toward Dikti the verdant plains of Mirabello. What makes this very special prefecture is the existence of many areas of natural, historical and archaeological. Areas such as the palm forest of Vai, or the plateau of Lassithi are unique in Greece. As for archeology, the prefecture has many ruins of ancient cities, settlements and buildings of the Minoan palace of Zakros and like the ancient city of Gournies. However, from a historical point of view, Lassithi is of great interest not only for its important role in the Hellenistic period, but also because it was the scene of bloody battles between Greeks and Turks during the Ottoman domination. The hills are beautiful Lassithi, with a hidden natural paradise where you can relax and meditate. The long coast of Heraklion offers wonderful beaches where you can spend your free time basking in the sun and swim in the clear waters of the Sea of ​​Crete and the Libyan Sea.

Elafonisi - Chania
Preveli - Rethymno
Cnosso Palace - Heraklion
Mirabello Gulf - Lasithi
Samaria Gorges - Chania

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