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20 September 2019

Crete Information

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Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands, the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece. The capital of Crete is Heraklion.
Every visitor who explores Crete can admire the remains of brilliant civilizations, impressive mountain sceneries, beautiful beaches, gorgeous valleys, amazing gorges and taste the famous Cretan cuisine well-known all over the world. The island is so rich of beauties and treasures that you will need a lifetime to discover.
Crete is an island where myths look like history and history is like a myth. From the distant past to the present day, every place on the island has a short or long story to tell.
Crete is the southern island of Europe, the closest to Africa. Due to its geographical position between Africa, Europe, and Asia, Crete became a center of culture as early as Neolithic times.
The island spans 260 km from east to west, 60 km at its largest point, and 12 km at its narrowest part. Crete covers an area of 8,336 km2, with a coastline of 1,046 km.
Crete is a mountainous island, the three biggest mountains crossing from west to east are:
• The White Mountains 2,452 m
• The Ida Range 2,456 m
• The Dikti Mountains 2148 m
These mountains are interspersed with valleys, such as Amari Valleys, fertile plateaus, such as Lassithi plateau, Omalos and Nida, caves, such as Dictaion and Idaion (the birthplace of the ancient Greek god Zeus) and a large number of gorges.
Crete has a population of about 620,000 people.
Crete with its nearby islands forms the Crete Region, one of the 13 regions of Greece. The region is based at Heraklion and is divided into four regional units. From west to east these are: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lassithi.

The economy of the island is based on tourism; however agriculture remains the first economic resource. Viticulture and olive groves are the most important; citrus are also cultivated such as a large variety of vegetables and fruits due to the mild climate. Sheep-farming is also important to the local economy and there are a number of cheese specialties.
Music and dance has a very important place in Cretan lifestyle. The Cretan people, whether in peace or war, never gave up music and dance. It is a way to express their feelings and to remember of their past.
The famous Cretan diet is not just some dishes laid on the table. It is a whole philosophy and represents the secret for a long life.
Come and visit our island and you will be charmed by its beauties and treasures.