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Crete Island scenery  
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Crete is the largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, boasting a typically hot and sunny Mediterranean climate.  It holds an abundance of fascinating history dating right back to the Minoan Period of 2600 BC, being also the birthplace of Zeus, father of all Greek gods and the Minoan Empire where the legend of the Minotaur has its origins.


Its strategic location has throughout history, caused it to be one of the most important trading nations in the Mediterranean. From trade comes wealth, as can be witnessed by visiting one of the many magnificent archaeological sites for which Crete is famous.


The land is infinitely varied – mountain ranges rise up to 8,000 feet, Europe’s deepest gorge winds for twelve miles through rock walls at times 1,000 feet high, and countless beaches lead to a clear blue sea. Add to these high alpine meadows, fertile valleys full of olive trees and orange groves, you will find old stone farmhouses, monasteries and villages many of which have not changed in centuries.

But the most striking aspect of this land is its people. Shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, they are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent and passionately loyal to Crete, Read ‘Zorba the Greek’ for a marvellous evocation of the people and the place.


Wherever you decide to visit, you will find the people both warm and friendly and you'll certainly be spoilt for choice. Whether your preference is beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery, ancient history or lively nightlife, Crete has it all - the choice is yours.




Resorts  Map of Crete >    
Aghia Marina     Ammoudara  
Aghios Nikolaos   Aghia Marina - Chania   Ammoudara  
"Cretes' longest established resort, and easily its prettiest and most cosmopolitan town"   "One of the main tourist resorts in the region of Chania with a  mile-long silky yellow sands"   "Amoudara is mostly purpose built, with good tourist facilities and a long beach "  
Chania   Elounda   Georgioupols  
Chania   Elounda   Georgioupolis - Chania  

"Cretes' most charming town, beautifully old & Venetian with a pictureresque harbour"

  "A buzzy Cretan village in a lovely setting at the head of the peninsula of Spinalonga"   "Laidback atmosphere, situated on the longest sandy beach in western Crete"  
Hersonissos     Gouves harbour  
Hersonissos   Gerani-Chania   Gouves  
"Busy resort with oodles of nightlife, and an attractive harbour"   "A small quiet village with a tranquil beach, away from the big crowds, and simple low- key nightlife"   "Small laid back resort in a tranquil environment close to Heraklion and a short distance from the airport"  
Malia   Plakas - Elounda   Platanias - Chania  
"Fabulous golden sandy beach, and a fantastic selection of nightlife"  

"Peaceful and uncrowded, set opposite Spinalonga island in the beautiful Mirabello Bay"


"Lively resort with bags of village charm surrounded by hills and mountain scenery."

Sissi   Rethymnon      
"A small fishing village, unspoilt, slow paced, relaxed and friendly"   "Rethymnon is a blend of ancient and modern, dominated by stunning Venetian fortress"      







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