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About Crete

Crete is the largest southernmost Greek island. The island is about 260 km long and has an area of ​​approximately 8,336 square kilometres. The weather is hot in summer, but a light breeze alleviates the heat and makes it quite bearable.

The island of Crete is a top destination for those who want to discover the origins of European culture and walk in the footsteps of millennia-old history. At the same time, it is a paradise for those who enjoy the sun and the wide variety of beaches.

A 1000 km long coastline, spectacular high mountains, green valleys, a unique culture with impressive history, lively cities and dreamy villages provide everything a visitor could wish for.

Crete is well known for its unique wildlife with a wide variety of plants and flowers. The ubiquitous smell of wild herbs, delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, the arguably best olive oil and the tasty cheeses also make Crete a special tourist destination.

Things to do in Crete

Visit Knossos
One of the main attractions of Crete is the ancient palace of Knossos. It is the largest Minoan palace in Crete and one of the most famous archaeological excavations of ancient Greece. The palace was built during the glorious time of the Minoans around 2000 BC. During this time, various palaces were built on Crete, among which the palace of Knossos was the largest and most impressive.

Hiking Samaria Gorge 
The Samaria Gorge attracts hikers from all over the world. This natural sight on Crete is one of the longest and most famous canyons in Europe with a length of about 17 kilometres. If you are a fan of wandering, then you must conquer this gorge. The breathtaking views, which will be granted to you, are worth it!

Visit Spinalonga Island  
An uninhabited Island that used to be a leper colony once. The wildlife of the island has remained untouched since it was abandoned by the lepers 60 years ago. While walking into the footsteps of the lepers you can feel the atmosphere of despair. However, a visit to the sight of a Venetian fortress dating from 1579 will definitely put you into good spirit.

Visit Vai Beach
This sandy beach in the east of Crete is named after the small village Vai, which lies about one kilometre deep into the heart of the island. The sudden appearance of Europe’s only wild-palm forest is truly an overwhelming sight. You can enjoy a wide range of water sports, including jet skiing, banana boating, water skiing and windsurfing on the island.

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