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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 its quality.
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 and friendly.
This is where Zeus transformed himself into a white bull and took the lovely Europa, fathering the Minotaur, and giving the continent its name.
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 B.C.).
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.











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