Crete Island

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Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean sea.

Its capital and largest city is Heraklion, located on the northern shore of the island

Crete is mountainous. Its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east. The island has a number of gorges, such as the Samari√° Gorge, Imbros Gorge, Kourtaliotiko Gorge etc.

A large number of islands, islets, and rocks hug the coast of Crete. Some of them are Gramvousa (Kissamos, Chania) , the Balos lagoon the Elafonisi , Chrysi island, Spinalonga, Gavdos etc.other big cities are Chania, Rethymno, Ierapetra, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

There is a large number of archaeological sites which include the Minoan sites of Knossos, Malia, Phaistos, the site of Gortys, and the diverse archaeology of the island of Koufonisi which includes Minoan, Roman, and World War II ruins.

There are a number of museums throughout Crete. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum displays most of the archaeological finds of the Minoan era, the Historical Museum, the Chania Naval Museum, the archaeological museum of Chania etc.

Crete offers a big range of activities and exploration. Unique beaches, falls, canyons, kayaking, trekking and many more. Crete is also famous for its hospitality. People are more than welcome to share the tasteful Mediterranean cuisine like dakos, fried snails, artichoke hearts and many more, and the traditional drinks like raki. You will find in small villages at the small shops or cafes, or at festivals, people singing and dancing by the traditional music of lyre or lute.