The Island of Crete

The best way to describe Crete is simply to say "Crete has it all". In Crete, you feel that you are in your own distinct country. Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, with a population of around 650,000 people.

Crete comprises a significant part of the economy and culture of Greece. Althought it has its own distinct local cultural traits, such as music and the dialect of modern Greek language, the Cretans readily identify themselves as Greeks. Iraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete.

Crete was the center of the famous Minoan civilization, an extremely advanced seafaring culture in the second millennium before Christ. The Minoan civilization, which existed from around 2,600 to 1,400 years B.C., is the oldest known Greek civilization. Major symbols of the Minoan civilization wee the sacred bull and the double axe.

The island is the location of significant ancient history, which provides popular modern day holiday destinations. It is also filled with multi-culturalism, having been occupied by groups such as the Mycnaeans, Romans, Venetians and Turks.

It was the site of fierce fighting and resistance against the occupying Nazis during World War II. It has very friendly people and awesome natural resources, such as snow-capped mountains and the Samarian Gorge.

The landscape of Crete is spectacular and stunning, with amazing mountains and incredible villages. The sea is never more than an hour away from this mediterranean paradise.

Cliffs Villas Mtns in Snow
City in Smoke Hillside Village Olive Orchard
Roman Bridge Rock Outcrop Cliff Dwellings
Farms Mountain Village Farmland
Mountain View Crete Countryside Villa Mountain View City View Mountain Village Farms
Roman Wall Farmland View from the Sea Countryside Mountain Village Countryside Roman Bridge