Crete (or Kriti in Greek) is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It is the land of Ikarus and Daidalos and the first European civilisation, the Minoan civilization. It is the island where Zeus was born and where he felt in love with Europa. It is the birthplace of King Minos, Dominicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), Vicenzos Cornaros, Eleftherios Venizelos, Odysseas Elytis and many other famous persons.
Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. Tourist attractions in Crete Island include, excellent and endless, beaches, cosmopolitan resorts, bustling seaside resorts as well as quiet fishing villages, delightful towns, medieval harbour towns, Venetian castles and fortresses, majestic mountains, traditional Cretan villages, archeological sites (Knossos, Phaistos, Gortys and many other places), gorges, scented citrus and olive groves, watered plains and valleys, palm tree forests. The excellent climate of the island, the sun and the sea, the beautiful landscape, the tourist resorts, history, traditions, make it one of the hottest spots in Mediterranean.
Hania (or Chania)
The beauty of Cretan landscape reigns supreme in Chania County. Mountains, wooded slopes, cliffs and gorges, dense vegetation, scenic bays and endless sandy beaches. Chania, the capital of the county is beautiful city. It has international airport.
Rethymno Prefecture is a microcosm of all Crete, with the beauty of the landscape and the glory of its nature. Beaches, lush vegetation, plane and oak trees, olive trees, deep gorges and rivers, fertile valleys, picturesque villages.
The prefecture of Heraklion is bounded with the prefectures of Rethymno to the west and Lasithi or Lassithi to the east. Knossos -in Heraklion County- was the center of Minoan civilization. Heraklion City is the largest city and the capital of Crete. It has international airport.
The Prefecture of Lassithi occupies the easternmost part of Crete. Agios Nikolaos, the capital, is built around a picturesque lake (linked to the sea by a narrow canal) at the northwestern side of the Merabello bay.
Crete Ports & Airports
Crete is connected -by sea- to the other parts of Greece, from five ports, at the North of the island: Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.
In Crete there are two international airports, at Chania and Heraklion and one smaller at Sitia in Lassithi Prefecture.