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Crete Beaches Feb 23

All beaches in Crete are listed in the following site. Choose an area of Crete and read all about the beaches in that area: 1. Beaches in Chania / Hania. 2. Beaches in Rethymnon. 3. Beaches in Heraklion / Iraklion. 4. Beaches in Lassithi. 5. Beaches in Hersonissos. 6. Beaches For Naturism in Crete. 

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Beaches of Crete Feb 23

Here you can find some of the most astonishing beaches and coasts of our island. Martsalo – Mesara This is where Apostle Paul has disembarked on his journey to Rome and has preached Christianism for the first time. At the middle of a gorge one can see a church of Saint Mary, nested in a cave, dating from the first Christian years. Hrissi Island (Gaidouronissi) – Ierapetra A destination proposed in all tourist guides and not in vain. Little boats depart daily from Ierapetra to carry visitors some seven miles south, to a small island covered with cedar-trees and surrounded by perfect beaches where the sand is pink, composed of sea-shell fragments. Tsoutsouras – Southern Heraklio Inner tourism from the surrounding villages of Crete, little tavernas on the waves which will undertake the mission of frying the fishes just out of the fish-boat; it’s so nice being in Crete in summer time! Balos – Cape of Gramvousa The most famous landscape of Crete and it is definitely worth it. All the shades of blue and green, a warm, shallow lagoon bursting with sea shells.

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Orthi Ammos – Frangokastelo Early in the morning, a few days per year, Drosoulites, the lost souls of Fragokastelo, appear behind the dunes … Falassarna Crystal clear blue waters, a submerged ancient city, cyclopean walls, a stone throne of unknown time and origin, Crete in all its splendour. 

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About Crete Beaches Feb 23

Beaches in western Crete are strung like washing along the north and south coasts with a mighty string of mountains between. The mountains are so dominant that, as storms and rain batter the north, the south can enjoy warm and peaceful skies. Some northern beaches have turned belly up to the package tour industry, especially along the strip west of Chania, but many more a low key, almost sedate air. The west coast beaches are more remote and have few tourist facilities yet are so beautiful they are a magnet to coach trippers. In the south the mountains plunge vertically into the sea leaving much of the coast uninhabited but with occasional bays host small unassuming resorts. Wherever you are, that mountain backdrop provides awesomely splendid scenery. 

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Crete History Feb 23

The Iraklion Archaeological Museum The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world, unique in beauty and completeness is housed in this museum. The Palace of Knossos The famous Palace of Minos 5km south of Iraklion. The Great Palace covered an area of 20.000 sq. meters and had 1.400 rooms. Every section of the Palace had a specific use. The Palace of Phaistos The archaeological site, the palace, the findings – The Festos Disc. According to mythology, Phaistos was the seat of king Radamanthis, brother of king Minos. It was also the city that gave birth to the great wise man and soothsayer Epimenidis, one of the seven wise men of the ancient world. The Palace of Zakros Like the other Cretan palaces, the palace of Zakros, was first built in about 1900 B.C. …The long term excavations have yielded over 10,000 objects… The archaeological site and the palace of Malia The Palace of Malia, which covered an area of 7,500 sq.m. , is the third- largest of the Minoan Palaces and is considered the most "provincial" from the architectural point of view.

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History of Crete Feb 23

Little is known about the rise of ancient Cretan society, because very few written records remain, and many of them are written in the undeciphered script known as "Linear A". This contrasts with the superb palaces, houses, roads, paintings and sculptures that do remain. Cretan history is surrounded by legends (such as those of King Minos; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedalus and Icarus) that have been passed to us via Greek historian/poets (such as Homer). Because of a lack of written records, estimates of Cretan chronology are based on well-established Aegean and Ancient Near Eastern pottery styles, so that Cretan timelines have been made by seeking Cretan artefacts traded with other civilizations (such as the Egyptians) – a well established occurrence. For the earlier times, radiocarbon dating of organic remains and charcoal offers independent dates. Based on this, it is thought that Crete was inhabited from the 7th millennium BC onwards. The fall of Knossos took place circa 1400s BC. Subsequently Crete was controlled by the Mycenaeans from mainland Greece. 

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Crete Historical Event Feb 23

Crete had one of the world’s earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, named after King Minos, the legendary author of Cretan institutions; in the ruined palace at Knossos invaluable finds have been made. The Cretan kingdom reached its greatest power, prosperity, and civilization c.1600 B.C. Later, for reasons still obscure, its power suddenly collapsed; but Crete flourished again after the Dorian Greeks settled on the island in large numbers and established city-states. Among the most powerful of the cities (110 in number, according to Homer) were Knossos and Cydonia (modern Khaniá). Although important as a trade center, Crete played no significant part in the political history of ancient Greece. It became a pirate haven in the 3d cent. B.C. but was conquered (68 B.C.–67 B.C.) by the Romans under Quintus Metellus.

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Crete Attractions Feb 22

The island of Crete is equipped with more tourist facilities than any other Greek island, which is fair enough because it is the largest. The reason why thousands of foreigners visit Crete each year, however, is not so much for the traditional Greek island experience, as for investigating the remains of the archaic Minoan culture that flourished here thousands of years before Christ. Some parts of the island have been overpowered by tourist resorts and massive hotels, but fortunately Crete does still allow for exploring endless beaches, numerous villages, remote mountains and some natural curiosities like caves and gorges for those who take pains to avoid the ‘madding crowds’. The famed Minoan archaeological sites, particularly the palace of Knossos and Phaistos, are vast and can take a great deal of time and effort to fully explore and appreciate. There are numerous other sites of interest as well, and not all related to the Minoan era. Crete has experienced thousands of years of habitation and has a complicated and diverse heritage, including years of Roman, Venetian and Turkish rule, that have all left their mark.

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Crete Areas & Sights Feb 22

Crete is a colourful jigsaw puzzle of Mythology, History, proud people, mountains, gorges and seashores. The pieces of that puzzle form a magical and unique picture of this large Greek island. In this area you will meet the well known but less advertised Crete, the one hidden in gorges, inaccessible tops, climbable slopes and deep seas that surround Crete. Here you can browse through Sight Categories and find information for more that 500 areas of interest and more that 800 sights.

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Highlights of Crete Feb 22
  • The Minoan civilization, flower of Bronze Age Crete, endures in palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, and Malla.
  • Samaria Gorge, 6 hours all the way down, is Europe’s longest.
  • At Matala, cliffs full of caves overhang the waves of the Libyan Sea.
  • Arab, Venetian, and Ottoman architecture mingle around the harbors of Rethymnon and Chania.
  • Remains of Europe’s last leper colony, Spinalonga, linger off the coast of Agios Nikolaos, Crete’s most sophisticated resort town.
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Map of Crete Feb 21

Crete is a land endowed with a rich historical heritage which spans more than nine millennia since its fertile, secure, and strategically placed land mass has been inhabited since the seventh millennium BC. Cultures on the island have sown the land with ancient palaces, cities, villas, and a plethora of exquisite artifacts which date back to the Minoan era. As a visitor I marveled at the unique cultural heritage of Minoan culture and I created several pages around the experiences and pictures from my visits.

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