Crete is the perfect combination of natural beauty, history and gastronomy and these attributes will make your vacation a truly unforgettable experience. It is the biggest Greek island and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean. It is of great geopolitical importance because it is the middle path that connects Europe, Asia, and Africa. It spreads out into four counties; Heraklion, Chania, Rethymnon prefecture and the prefecture of Lasithi.
Crete is famous for its Ancient Greek history from the Bronze Era and the sites left, signify the great importance this area played. It was home to the Minoans and very famous legends took place there such as the myth of the Minotaur and the famous escape of Daedalus and Icarus. There are numerous archaeological sites in Crete from the Bronze Era and are open for visits and tours that will satisfy any history lover. The most famous are, the Palace of Knossos, which is renowned for its frescoes, and the Palace of Phaistos, famous for finding the Phaistos Disc, Gortys a mixture of ancient Greece, Roman, Byzantine and Christian history, and of course the Heraklion Archeological Museum in which are exhibited most of the Minoan era findings.
For all the food lovers in the world, one cannot forget the immense fame of the Cretan diet. It is the most representative of the Mediterranean diet and it justifies the reason that the Cretans lay claims on one of the longest life averages. Cretans choose to consume solely only what is produced/yielded by their lands such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, dried seed (lentils, beans, peas) and olives or any of their byproducts seeing they have a high volume of olive trees. It is expected that once you start trying all the delightful and flavorful food the kind people of Crete share with you will attest that the Cretan cuisine is truly a gift from the Cretan people to us.
Furthermore, another reason why Crete is truly unique is that it can cater to any traveling type. It has high mountains for all those who prefer hiking, or an endless coastline, in which visitors can pick a big and crowded beach for their swim or a more secluded and private beach that may be according to their preferences.
Whether one prefers taking a walk in the history lane of Crete, enjoy visiting the nature of Crete or simply appreciate the great food and philoxenia of the Cretans, Crete is one of the most visited islands in Greece and we invite you to find out why…