|Crete is not just a visit to the palaces of Knossos or Phaistos,
or the Archaelogical Museum in Heraklion. Crete is a link between Asia,
Africa and Europe. Crete is also an island where the scenery is constantly
changing, from the majestic White Mountains to the deep gorges and verdant
valleys covered with olive trees, orange groves and vineyards. You can find
medicinal herbs and fragrant shrubs, such as laudanum, dittany, marjoram
and thyme, in rocky areas and along the mountain tops are the home of the
"Kri-Kri" or Cretan goat. There are long sandy or pebbly beaches.
This varied coastline along with its rich interior constitutes an enormous
resource for tourism today, not just in its magnitude, but primarily for
|Crete is an island that offers an unlimited amount of activities
from snorkeling, to trekking, climbing, and bicycling. The more you explore
and experience the more you will find how the island and its people are
steeped in tradition and history. The Cretan hospitality is incredibly warm
|This is where Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and
took the lovely Europa, fathering the Minotaur, and giving the continent
This island's fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development
of one of the most important civilizations on Earth, the Minoan (2800-1150
B.C.). In different phases, the Minoans built palace-states, such as the
famous palatial centers of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros (1700-1450 B.C.).
A catastrophe - the eruption of the volcano of Santorini in 1450 B.C. -
unfortunately, halted the Minoan civilization at its peak.
Life did go on. Through shipping, commerce and trade with other peoples-
the Phoenicians, Syrians, Egyptians- opened up new horizons. With the invasion
of the Achaians and the Dorians on the island the new cities of Lato and
Aptera were founded. Lato became the most important city on Crete (7th century
Although the island has seen many changes, civilizations and rebellions,
it has continued to develop both economically and culturally.
Crete has given us one of the world's greatest painters, Domenikos Theotokopoulos
(El Greco). It is also the birthplace of Kornaros, Kazantzakis, Prevelakis
and numerous other thinkers.
Crete is an island whose door is always wide open to both East and West.
The main cities-ports on Crete - Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion, Aghios Nikolaos,
Sitia - all are situated on the north side. Ierapetra is the only port on
the south coast, on the shores of the Libyan Sea, facing Africa.