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.
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.
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.