The lowest end of Greece and Europe. The birthplace of civilization all around the world. The island, with a variety of dramatic scenery offers traditional beach holidays, peace and tranquillity and historical adventures and experiences. Something for everyone.
Crete is the biggest island in Greece. It is situated among Aegean and Libyan Sea. It is the crossroad between East and West, Africa and Europe.
Due to this strategic location, Crete was always a bone of contention for the challengers of every era. The geographic location and the contact with different civilizations, attributed to the special culture of this island. Cretans are famous for their hospitality (Xenios – Zeus, the god of hospitality, was born in Crete), their love towards country and preservation of customs.
It is an island that has everything. High mountains (Psiloritis, Lefka Ori, Dikti), beautiful beaches washed by the Cretan and Libyan Sea. Fertile grounds where the famous Cretan citrus fruits are cultivated. The endless olive groves produce the fine Cretan olive oil, while also well-known known is the Cretan wine from the island’s vineyards. Everywhere you look, you will see historic monuments that reveal the island’s history.
Administratively, Crete is divided into four prefectures (Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, Lasithi). All areas are ideal for touring, as Crete is rich in natural beauty and sites of historic significance.
All around Crete you will find luxurious hotel units, apartments and rooms to let, which in combination with the exemplary hospitality of people, makes the Island a warm and welcoming holiday destination. As for entertainment, all you have to know is that music and dancing have a long tradition on the island. In the homeland of lyre and mantinada (type of singing in rhymes), you will have the time of your life drinking raki (cretan grape spirit)!
Walking in Crete
Crete is a walkers paradise. There are only a few places in Europe where you can find the combination of high mountains close to the sea, mild climate with long dry seasons and a large network of ancient paths and shepherds trails. Add to this the friendlinessof the Cretans and the good infrastructure which allows one to walk all day without seeing a soul but still find a village in the evening to eat and spend the night and you have a perfect recipe for a wonderful walking holiday.
Despite being heavily bombed during World War II, Chania’s Old Town is considered the most beautiful urban district on Crete, especially the crumbling Venetian harbour. The borders of the Old Town are the mostly destroyed old Venetian wall (and bulwarks) and this has been the cradle of all the civilizations which were developed in the area. The central part of the old town is named Kasteli and has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It is located on a small hill right next to the seafront and has always been the ideal place for a settlement due to its secure position, its location next to the harbour and its proximity to the fertile valley in the south. Nowadays it is quieter than the neighbouring areas of the west part of the district. The Splantzia quarter (next to the east part of Kasteli) is also largely untouched and very atmospheric. A plan for its future development is now under consideration.
The city of Chania lies at the east end of the Gulf of Chania, a wide embayment between the Akrotiri peninsula in the east and the Spatha peninsula (also called Rodopos) in the west. Kastelli Hill is a prominent landform within the city, which hill was a center of the ancient city of Kydonia. It covers a significant part of the small Plain of Chania and borders with the hilly suburbs of Profitis Ilias, Agios Mattheos and Kounoupidiana towards the east, with the villages of Vamvakopoulo, Nerokourou, Mournies and Perivolia towards the south and with the coastal areas of Chryssi Akti and Agioi Apostoloi towards the west.