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Crete – one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the biggest in Greece – draws thousands of visitors from near and far to its Greek charm day after day. Crete’s coastal arms stretch more than a thousand kilometers in length with shores nestled in the crystal blue waters of the Cretan and Libyan Sea while the land mass is divided into the four regions of Heraklion, Lassithi, Rethymno and Chania. Due to the island’s geographical location and the pleasantly warm Mediterranean climate with mild winters and snow which can only be found in the mountains, the valleys and hills are the agricultural home of Crete’s kitchens as rich produce blossoms from its fertile soil. While olives, figs, pears, almonds, chestnuts, carob and citrus add to the agricultural value of the land, Crete is also home to the Kastrios flower, one of the 2000 species of plants on the island, a flower which grows only in Crete and nowhere else.

Crete is an intricate tapestry of nature, ancient treasures and bustling streets and boasts significant cultural importance to Greece as it is home to unique heritage sites, history, natural resources and traditions. Crete also has an exceptional food culture with savoury specialties such as cheese baked pies, noodles, pork chitterlings and snails made with rosemary while sweet treats include sweet cheese pies (kallitsounia), pancakes with honey (sfakian pies) and delicate pastries (xerotigana). The rhythm of Crete can be found in the sights of traditional costumes, sounds of the three-string Cretan lyre and one of its many traditional dances like syrtos, pendozali and sousta. The ancient sites of the island are a big attraction for history buffs as the old tale of the Minoan civilization still lives on in the ruins and in the other important cultural assets such as the Minoan palace of Knossos, Phaistos Palace and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion while the old towns of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion make for the perfect stroll. The best time to visit Crete’s beaches is from April to October when the sandy shores of the island await vacationers, sunbathers and adventure seekers.



On the northern side of Crete is one of the islands’ most dynamic, popular and biggest cities, Heraklion. Heraklion is the cosmopolitan hub made up of big urban centers; the city attracts more than 2 million visitors every year as they flock to the city’s multiple historic sites as well as the Summer Cultural Festival which is a 3-month festival celebrating arts and culture through music, dance and theatre. The historic sites of Heraklion should not be missed and places like the Venetian Harbour which was built in 1523 to 1540 and the old town centre is just a drop in the bucket and it gives visitors a glimpse into city’s past. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion tells the stories of Minoan civilization through exhibitions, the 4.5 km Venetian walls dating back to 1462 which was built over a period of a hundred years and the Koules Fort situated at the entrance of the Venetian harbour. Another beautiful unsurpassable site is the marble Morosini Fountain – a decorative Venetian fountain built in 1628 and situated in the centre of Heraklion – featuring four lions with water gushing from their mouths. In the heart of town, next to the market, is the Church of St. Catherine of Sinai. This single-aisle vaulted basilica architectural masterpiece was built in 1600 and is home to six unique works of Michael Damaskinos, an icon-painter and advocate of the Cretan School. The church is situated in St. Catherine Square with a thriving café culture, lots of open spaces and thousands of pigeons which locals and visitors feed every day.

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The modern Malia deserves a spot on your Crete itinerary as its combinations of rich culture and tranquil atmosphere open the doors to the larger regions of the islands through excursions on land and sea. Explore the historic side of town and visit the grounds of the third largest Minoan Palace of Malia, Knossos. The palace covered an area of 7,500 square meters and it is said that the third son of Zeus, ruled here. While visiting the Palace, you can also enjoy the small museum on-site offering some interesting finds and photographs as well as a scale model of what the palace looked like in 1900 BC. If you are looking for more than history, you can always enjoy the sunset, sandy beaches, go on a boat trip, scuba dive and explore the underwater wonders of Greece, shop for souvenirs on Beach Road or go for a stroll around the picturesque village with is narrows streets and traditional architecture.

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