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Crete the autonomous island

Aegean islands ● Agios nikolaos ● Chania ● Crete ● Iraklio ● Rethymno ● 13 July 2016

Crete the autonomous island

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the 5th largest in the Mediterranean. Its capital is Heraklion which is the largest town of the island. Crete is located 160 klm south of the Greek mainland, north of the Libyan Sea and it is the natural southern border of the Aegean Sea. It is part of the regional unit of Greece and it is divided in four departments: Heraklion, Chania , Lasithi and Rethymnon .

Crete is the most southern edge of Europe on the crossroads of three continents and five seas. For centuries it has been a meeting point for different nations, a melting pot of ancient, miscellaneous civilizations. It is a unique blend of elements due to the creative incorporation of varietal cultural elements in a natural scenery of staning beauty.

Its history began 9.000 ago, the first historic reference was made in 7.000 B.C. John Evans discovered Knossos. This was the symbol of a mighty and wealthy kingdom, of a civilization that is considered the most ancient one on the European continent. It flourished between 5.000 - 3.500 B.C.

Eventhough Crete is part of Greece it could be an autonomous island since it has very developed agriculture and due to its warm climate its produces goods which cannot be found in the rest of Greece (avocado, banana, cherry tomato etc.) Also it has no lack of up to date infrastructure and facilities - like many smaller islands of the Aegean Sea - a fact which makes life on this island comfortable and safe.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Rethymnon, Greece Eltina Hotel
Eltina Hotel
39, Machiton Scholis Chorofilakis Str., 74100 Rethymnon, Greece

Hotel Eltina is located in the quiet Perivolia district of Rethymno just 3 minutes walk from the beach and 1.5 km from the center. The distance from the Heraklion International Airport is 80 km, while Chania Airport is at 71 km.

Villa in Rethymnon, Greece Cretan Mansion
9.9 10
Cretan Mansion
Dramia - Georgioupolis, 73007 Rethymnon, Greece

Featuring a private swimming pool, Cretan Mansion is located in the village of Dramia just 15 minutes walk from the beach. Georgioupoli town is at 5 km, while the lively Rethymnon town is at 17 km. Cretan Mansion lies at the foot of the White Mountains at the northeastern corner of the prefecture of Chania. Chania and Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis can be reached within a 40-minute drive.