The island of Crete
Crete has many layers of history. It is steeped in ancient Greek mythology, famed as the birthplace of Zeus and home to the Minoans which was a highly developed civilisation some 4000 years ago.
Crete has been appropriately named the cradle of western culture. The palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, and Malia, the seats of the Minoan Kings, denote the pinnacle of this intriguing civilisation. Sites from classical Greece, Byzantium, ancient Rome, Venice and the Ottoman period all the way through to the Second World War. Without a doubt, for those who enjoy history, many interesting holidays could be spent delving into the rich history of Crete.
Crete has such uniquely contrasting landscapes throughout its 300 km length that there is always some vista to thrill the senses. There are vast dramatic snow covered mountains, sandy tree lined beaches, flat fertile plains and fabulous deep gorges. There is an abundance of water, fruit, vegetables, seafood and wine, as well as some of the finest honey and yoghurt in the world. The mild Mediterranean climate is ideal for holidays and as such offers the opportunity to swim in the sea for 8 months of the year.
The rich mountainous countryside lures those who are interested in exploring on foot, whilst the historical aspect of the island entices many to visit the variety of beautiful castles, monasteries and archaeological sites, some of which are 5000 years old. Most importantly, there is always the warm friendliness of the Cretan people who may well invite you to share a drink with them.
Crete may become for you, as it has for so many previous visitors, a special and endearing place to be visited time and time again.