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Crete is one of the 13
regions of Greece and at the same time the southernmost
the European Community. It is the biggest island in Greece
and the second biggest (after Cyprus) of the East Mediterranean.
It lies at the Southern Aegean Sea and at the crossroads
three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. Crete covers an
area of 8.336 sq.kms. The length of the island is 260
km, but the
shore-length is 1.046 km. The biggest width is 60 km from
the Dion cape to the Lithinon cape, while the smallest
is 12 km
and is called "Isthmus of Ierapetra". A high mountain range
crosses the island from West to East, formed by four different
groups of mountains.
To the West the White Mountains ("Pahnes" - 2.452 m), in the
central part of the island the mountain ranges of Idi ("Psiloritis"
- 2.456 m) & Dikti ("Dikti" - 2.148 m) and to the East the
mountain range of Sitia ("Afendis Stavromenos" - 1476 m).
These mountains gifted Crete with fertile plateaus like Lassithi,
Omalos and Nidha, caves like Diktaion and Idaion cave, and
like the famous Gorge of Samaria.
Crete has a long history that goes back to the Neolithic times.
It is however known for the Minoan civilization the flourished
from 2600 to 1100 B.C. The island is full of relics of the Minoan
ages the most famous being the palaces at Knossos and Faistos.
Crete is divided to four prefectures: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion,
Lasithi. The capital of the island is the city of Heraklion.
The climate in Crete is temperate.
The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity
to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snow fall
is practically unknown to the plains, but quite frequent in
the mountains. During summer, average temperatures are in the
high 20's-low 30's (Celsius). Probably the best time to visit
Crete is spring and autumn.
Crete has two of the most important
ports of the East Mediterranean Sea, the port of Heraklion and
the port of Chania (Souda). The island is connected with mainland
Greece and quite a few of the Aegean islands, Europe and the
rest of the world with a large number of passenger ships (ferry-boats)
and freighter ships.
There are also two smaller ports in Rethymno and in Agios Nikolaos.
Information on ferries are presented to http://www.minoan.gr/
There are two international airports
operating in the island in Heraklion and in Chania. The island
is connected with most of the airports in Greece, many European
countries and Cyprus, with regular or charter flights. Companies
that operate regularly on these airports are Olympic Airways,
Aegean, Cronus and Transavia (with direct flights from Amsterdam
The main road in Crete is the national road that follows the
north seashore of the island from East to West. This is a fairly
good road that handles most of the traffic of the island. The
rest of the roads range from smaller asphalt roads to all kinds
of dirt roads.
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