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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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