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Crete - Crossroads of civilizations and the miracle of nature
There is nothing to look for and not find in Crete. Unbelievable natural riches, unique cultural monuments from the lengths and backs of history, gourmet treasures and modern infrastructure, but above all the authentic soul of the hospitable Greek.

Crete is a unique and unique place. It is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It is only 300 kilometers from Africa and its total coastline reaches 1,046 kilometers. To the north it is covered by the Cretan Sea, to the south by the Libyan Sea, to the east by the Karpathian Sea and by the west by Myrtoos. Her main cities are Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia. The great island of Crete has been a crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa since ancient times, being a point of contact and feedback for major cultures. The influences he has received appear in the scattered archaeological sites as well as in the culture of its inhabitants.

Crete is the land that gave birth and nurtured the Father of the gods Zeus and the cradle of pre-Hellenic Minoan civilization. Here, every corner has been celebrating brilliant monuments of all historical periods (palatial buildings, prominent ancient cities, carved tombs, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Venetian castles and Ottoman knights).
On this island, the Apostle Titus chased some early Christians. The monasteries of Crete are indissolubly linked to the history of the island as they have played an important role in the nation's critical moments. The land of this place is watered with blood of many heroes in historical battles during its long history, ancient and new.
In Crete, great painters, scholars, poets, such as Dominikos Theotokopoulos, Vincentzos Kornaros and Nikos Kazantzakis, politicians such as Eleftherios Venizelos and singers such as Nikos Xylouris, as well as great musicians, master of lyre, lute, violin and the bulgarians who enlightened life, love and death with music, dance, lyre and mantinades.

What makes Crete stand out is the unique combination of natural wealth, history, culture and tradition. From the imposing palaces of Knossos and Phaistos to the steep ravines and wild beauty in the gorge of Samaria, which is the longest gorge in Europe and from the tranquil and deserted beaches of the Libyan Sea to the bustling and crowded beaches on its northern coast island, Crete invites its visitor to explore it. Contrasts are the norm on this island, both in the environment and in its people. Proud, uncompromising but warm, friendly and very hospitable. Cretan hospitality is famous all over the world, and only a short while can you experience this feeling.
Heraklion - The capital of the sea
Ancient and modern at the same time, charms with the alternation of countless cultural elements that are lost to the beginnings of history, arrive to our day and continue to build a bright future.

Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete and is located in the middle of the island's northern coast. It has a population of about 130,000 and is ranked 4th in the largest cities in Greece. It has the largest port and the largest airport in Crete, the International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis", the third in arrivals, in the country. The port of Heraklion was awarded as the second best in the world, with many daily destinations and many cruise ships.
Heraklion Prefecture's hotels occupy half of Crete's beds, most of its beaches on the north side are organized and crowded in contrast to these southern coasts in the Libyan Sea, which are characterized by their tranquility.
In his nearly 3,000 years of life, Heraklion has demonstrated a turbulent history. An admirable civilization flourished here, in antiquity, the Minoan civilization, with its capital Knossos. The first settlement, called Heraklion, was founded in the 9th century BC. It met earthquakes and disasters but during the Byzantine period it flourished again. He met Arab conquerors and corsairs, Venetian and Turkish dynasties but resisted vigorously and after many struggles and sacrifices he was freed to re-flourish and showcase great people of letters such as Nikos Kazantzakis and Vicensos Kornaros, art and culture, trade and of politics like Venizelos.

Sightseeing of Heraklion

The signs of all these times and influences are reflected in the sights that every visitor of Heraklion can admire, such as monuments, squares, streets, museums, churches etc.

Shopping Centers, Banks, Parks, Hospitals, Universities, Cultural Areas, Theaters and Cinemas, complement the physiognomy of a bourgeois city that caters to every demand and buries life and grace.


Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Historical Museum of Crete
Natural History Museum
Combat Museum of Crete and National Resistance
Museum of Fine Arts of Heraklion
Museum of Saint Catherine

Minoan capitals

It has been here for 9,000 years. They taught culture, beauty, the arts, shipping and commerce. They met earthquakes, disasters, barbarian conquerors, corsairs, Venetians, Ottomans, and Germans, but they stand proudly and show the miracle born in this place all over the world.

KNOSSOS: Very close to Heraklion, there is the ancient Knossos. The Minoan palace is the main visiting area of ​​Knossos, an important city in antiquity, with a continuous life from the Neolithic to the 5th century. According to tradition, there was the seat of wise King Minos. Exciting myths, the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the Daedalus with Icarus, are linked to the palace of Knossos. It was inhabited since the Neolithic era (7000-3000 BC). a major earthquake destroyed the first royal palace, which was rebuilt but was eventually destroyed around 1350 BC. from a big fire. After excavations it came to light and today it is visited, with pieces of it in perfect condition. It was multi-storey and covered an area of ​​20,000 sq.m. Signs of Linear B writing, unknown until now, impressive frescoes with bright colors and original drawings in corridors and rooms, colored mortars, original architectures and constructional constructions (luminescence, polyhedra, composite drainage and water supply network), make this palace, a world miracle. Courtyards, sacred wings, treasures, hypostyle crystals, alabaster throne, mansions, staircases, elevated galleries, stone-paved streets, theater and cemeteries, spread out under the hot sun of Crete thousands of years ago, causing their modern visitors, surprise and awe the achievements of our ancestors.

PHAESTOS: Phaestos dominates the fertile valley of Kato Mesara, surrounded by imposing mountains such as Psiloritis. To the south lies the Libyan Sea. The mild and warm climate of the area affected the development of Phaistos, which was the second most important center of the Minoan civilization after Knossos and the most important and wealthy city of southern Crete. According to mythology in Phaistos, the dynasty of Radamantha, the son of Zeus and his brother Minos, reigned. It has flourished since the mid-3rd millennium BC. arrived to control the rich plain of Mesara and the exit to the sea and the ports of Africa. It became a rich, powerful, multi-human and independent city and its kings founded great palaces. The first was built in 1900 BC. was destroyed by an earthquake and in its place was built a new, more imposing, to which most of the relics belong, today. Both the ruins of the ancient city and some areas of the palace are accessible.
Beaches in Heraklion
Sandy or pebble, windy or windy, shallow or deep, cosmopolitan or remote, the many beaches near Heraklion cover all tastes and offer their crystal clear waters for swimming, water sports and endless fun.