High mountains and deep gorges, archaeological sites alongside traditional villages where life continues in a relaxed and friendly way, clear blue seas bordered by golden sandy beaches. Zeus, the king of Greek gods, was born in a cave on Mount Idi, the highest mountain. He represented hospitality and his spirit lives on today in the hearts of all Cretan people.
Crete is 257km (159 miles) long with a surface area of 8,259sq km (3,138sq. miles) and 1.100 kms of coastline making it the largest Greek island and the fifth largest in the Mediterrranean. It is considered as one of the most prosperous areas in Greece. Its development has been favoured by its geographical location, climate, diverse natural beauty as well as its unique cultural and historical treasures. Crete is renowned for its breath-taking mountain ranges and long sandy beaches running down to aquamarine seas. This particular geography allow the existence of a large number of rare flora and fauna species, such as the sea lily along the coastal zones, sea turtles Caretta Caretta in Rethymnon and Eleonora’s Falcon (falcon Eleonore) in Lassithi. In the valleys and semi-mountainous areas, one can find more than 100 different varieties of flowers and plants, while in the high mountains and deep Cretan gorges the visitor may encounter interesting flora and fauna including the wild goat kri kri, which is found only in Crete.
Relive the myths of Greek legend at Knossos, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, or step back in time with the donkey-press, water mill and organic Taverna of Grecotel’s organic Agreco Farm. Play a memorable round at the dramatic Crete Golf Club, hewn out of the rolling landscape, or indulge the kids with water parks, horse riding and the CretAquarium.