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Travel Crete, Greece

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Travel Area: Crete

Map of Crete

About Crete, Greece

Crete was the center of the Ancient Minoan civilization, the oldest Greek and European civilization. It is a mountainous island that also boasts a 1,000 kilometers of soft, sandy beaches along the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Fun Facts

Crete is the largest Island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea.
Crete consists of the Prefectures of Chania, Rethymno, Iraklio (Heraklio), and Lasithi.
Crete is approximately 250 kilometers in length from west to east.
Crete's olive trees produces olive oil for worldwide distribution.

Sightseeing Suggestions

The Palace of Knossos, remnants of the Minoan civilization.
Gortyn with the Temple of Pythian Apollo and the sanctuary of the Egyptian deities Isis and Serapis.
Iraklio (Heraklion), the largest city on the island of Crete.
The many museums of Crete.
Swimming and snorkeling the beautiful beaches of Crete.

Transportation

Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines provide air transportation to Crete.
Cretan ferry boats will take you to the main cities including Piraeus - Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Agios Nikolaos.
Cruise lines routinely include stops to Crete.
The KTEL (Minoan Lines) bus line offers services from city-to-city in Western Crete.
Rental cars are also available.
Chania (Hania) International Airport, Crete (CHQ) map
Heraklion (Iraklion or Iraklio / Nikos Kazantzakis) International Airport, Crete (HER) map
Sitia Public Airport (JSH) map