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About Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the second largest - after Cyprus - in the East Mediterranean. Its population is 650,000 people as of 2005 while the official language is Greek and the majority of the population is Greek orthodox.

With an overwhelming history, great myths and legends connected to its very existence, Crete connects its past with its present through a blessed and dramatic landscape, a series of living traditions and its people's warmth.


Fast Facts

  • Full Name: Crete
  • Area : 8,259 sq km - 3,189 sq miles
  • Population: 650,000
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC (+2)
  • Languages: Greek
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Electricity: 220V 50 Hz

Heraklion

Heraklion, with a population of more than 150.000 residents, is the largest city and capital of the island. A modern access point for thousands of tourists, the city has a developing modern infrastructure and a variety of historical and archaeological sites including the world famous palace of Knossos and the archaeological museum.

Agios Nikolaos

Aghios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete and is the capital of the province of Lasithi. 60klm east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. In the year 2000 the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos which includes part of the surrounding villages counted about 19,000 inhabitants.

Elounda

Elounda is a world renowned tourism resort located 10km to the north of Aghios Nikolaos, having an indented coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear seas, and a tranquil environment.

Malia

Located 35klm east of Heraklion, Malia is the capital town of the homonymous municipality that includes the villages of Mohos, Krasi and Stalida.

Hersonissos

Golden beaches, water sports facilities, high quality resorts, golf courses and an extreme variety of options for entertainment can summarize what Hersonissos is all about. Less than 30klm from Heraklion, the municipality of Hersonissos is spread along the north coast of Crete and far into the mainland.

Rethimnon

Between the town Chania (58 km) and the town of Heraklion (78 km), the visitor of Crete can discover the town Rethimnon, capital of the prefecture of Rethimnon. When one visits the latter immediately notices the abundance of remaining Venetian and Turkish monuments.

Chania

The city of Chania lies on the west part of the island of Crete and has a population of 52000 (1991 census). The capital of the prefecture of Chania, it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of the island.

Sisi

If you enjoy the peacefulness of the Mediterranean, then Sisi is the right place for you. Only 45klm from Heraklion, this picturesque coastal village is popular for the fresh fish served to its many taverns, its hotels, the warm waters of its beaches, its natural port that allows visitors to many romantic night strolls.

Sitia

Sitia is located in the south-eastern part of Europe and its population according to the 2001 demographics reaches approximately 9000 residents. This beautiful coastal town is situated 129klm from Heraklion, the capital of Crete, and 64km from Aghios Nikolaos.

Koutouloufari - Piskopiano

Koutouloufari and Piskopiano are two traditional small villages just a few kilometers from the town of Hersonisos. Built at the foothill of mount Harakas, every visitor will be surprised by the beauty of its buildings and traditional alleys. So do not hesitate to take long walks and enjoy the rustic surroundings.

Mohos

Mohos is one of the island's picturesque mountainous villages found in the wider area of the municipality of Malia, located 46klm from Heraklion. Although, the origins of its name have never been efficiently explained, there are reports of a village called ‘Mogho' in Venetian writings that indicate that the village existed from at least the Venetian occupation of the island.To this day, Mohos has managed to preserve its traditional character in a location covered with vineyards and olive groves that are also the main income source for the area.

Stalis - Stalida

Stalida or Stalis is located 33klm from Heraklion. The village, due to the slow growth of tourism, has managed to preserve its character. It has beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and taverns, resorts to satisfy all needs and hospitable people.

Gouves

On the north coast of Crete, 20klm east of Heraklion, lays the municipality of Gouves with its beautiful beaches, fertile fields and traditional little villages. Its name derives from the word ‘Gouva' that translates to ‘land pit'. The earliest recorded reference of Gouves is found in the Venetian records of the Duce of Handax - naming of Heraklion during the Venetian occupation.

Vrahasi

The beautiful village Vrahasi is surrounded by the imposing mountains of Selena and Stavros and is located 50klm from Heraklion. The village itself is a fine example of a Cretan mountainous village with many traditional houses. Although, its population had diminished the previous decades, today it experiences a steady increase of its population mainly because of expatriates restoring traditional Cretan cottages.

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