Crete

The island of Crete is the largest of Greece and is well known for its countless hidden treasures. The warmth hospitality of people promises you a memorable stay with Cretan delicacies and unforgettable moments.

A truly memorable Mediterranean travelling experience that combines everything, awaits you as you will be discovering its civilization, its pristine beaches and its landscape that will truly inspire you with the traditional villages, the towns, the mountains and the countryside that is characterized of its wild natural beauty.

Crete consists of 4 regions which are Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi. Each one has different beauties and treasures that maybe you will need a lifetime to discover.

The rich history of the island makes it more appealing to its visitor. Due to its strategic position, Crete was the target of many conquerors over the years. Known as the centre of the Minoan civilization the famous palaces of Knossos, Phaestos and Zakros are waiting for you to explore them. Apart from Minoans Empire, the history of Crete continues with Venetian, Ottoman and later with German occupation in World War II.

Wander around the Venetian castles, the town walls and the old town of Chania, meet Fortezza in Rethymnon and Castello del Molo or Koules in Heraklion. Visit traditional villages of Anogeia and Sfakia, swim in the exotic beaches with turquoise waters and the hidden tropical shores from Lasithi to Chania that will offer you carefree moments.

Cretan hospitality is broadly known and main part of it is the food. Locals are always willing to treat you with their specialties like dakos, little pies with cheese commonly known as kalitsounia, snails that are usually cooked fried, lamb with stamnagathi and beverages like raki – the Cretan distilled spirit usually homemade - accompanied with “meze” like olive oils, rusks and fresh tomatoes. Ask them to tell you Mantinades. Mantinades are a 15-syllable rhyming couplet in Cretan dialect about Crete, love and friendship.

Crete captivates and seduces the senses with its impressive landscape, its open-hearted people, its rich history and its famous cuisine.

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