The cradle of European Civilization - the Island of Crete and its genuinely friendly people, welcome you and wish you a wonderful stay! Some will be visiting for the first time, whilst others have now become regulars, but either way, we promise you a truly memorable Mediterranean travelling experience. Whether your visit is for relaxation or to explore and discover the many well known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, you will not be disappointed by the diversity of the landscape – the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities, towns and villages, and stunning countryside. Live the essence and the heartbeat of the Island from dawn till dusk and discover... Your Crete!
Crete is the place where myths look like history and history is like a myth. From the distant past to the present day, every place on the island has a short or long story to tell. Due to its strategic geographical position, Crete, apart from a crossroads of three continents, has been from the beginning of its history the apple of discord for every conqueror. The ancestors of the Cretans are the Minoans. However the island was also colonized by Achaeans, Dorians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Turks. Also, for a long time the pirates of the Mediterranean Sea were infesting its shores. The fortifications that you can find in all modern cities of Crete, as well as the fortresses raised as observatories on the capes and the islets that surround it, witness the island’s endless adventures.
Nature has given its best gifts to the Cretan landscape. Natural monuments, chiseled by the passage of time, are standing here, narrating events of the past centuries. The alternations of the landscape are impressive. The green color of the plains, the gray of the precipitous cliffs and the deep blue of the sea create an unbelievable combination which carries the visitor away into a journey and uplifts the soul. The endemic flora ads its own colors and aromas, within which a rare fauna is living. In Crete, the inhospitable and barren mountain landscape is harmoniously joined with the fertile green plains, the blond sand, the deep blue of the sea and all together with the light blue sunny sky in a unique harmony.
Thousands kilometers of coasts, chiselled by the sea water and the wind, form the borders of its magnitude.
Cretan diet is not just a variety of dishes laid on the table. It comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people. In the Cretan culture food plays a central role. The unique Cretan Diet is a healthy and tasty diet with centuries-old recipes and modern creative versions, which are always cooked, of course, with the same top quality pure products of the blessed Cretan earth. This diet is not just a variety of dishes presented on the table; it embodies a whole philosophy of life, the quality way of life of the Cretan people. The lucky ones that will visit the modern restaurants in the cities or the small taverns and cafes in the country will have wonderful experiences, participating in the life of the local people.
The island of Crete has a very lively entertainment style. The Cretan people, whether in peace or war, never gave up music and dance. This tradition is still alive today, as there are hundreds of music and dance associations. At the same time, modern forms of artistic expression have been developed. Events are organized throughout the year everywhere on the island, with dance, song and theatre. Moreover, there are hundreds of entertainment places with modern music from Greece, Europe and America.
Heraklion is the largest city in Crete, located approximately in the middle of the northern coast of the island. It is the 4th largest city in Greece, and has the largest port in Crete, as well as the largest airport, also known as Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport, having been named by the most famous writer of Crete internationally. The main economic sectors of the city are tourism, agriculture and trade.
The stunning perfecture of Chania is offering you so much more than to just the chance to relax under the Greek sun. With a very rich and extraordinary history and cultural heritage, you may find in Chania a great variety of monuments of exceptional cultural interest worth visiting during your stay.
Rethymno awaits you with clear blue seas and Mount Psiloritis, there are traces of a civilisation that dates back 4,500 years, numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries, enchanting Venetian monuments, the most well-preserved Renaissance city in Greece, with endless beaches, caves, gorges and unique flora and fauna.
Agios Nikolaos is 65 kilometres east of Heraklion. Ιs set on the largest natural bay in Crete, Mirabello or Merabello Bay, named for the beautiful view (mira bella) of the sea from the town. Agios Nikolaos was one of the first towns in Crete to feel the effects of tourist development, and the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos, around which the town centre is built, continues to impress visitors.
Ierapetra is the most populous city in the prefecture of Lasithi. It is also the fourth largest city of Crete and southern Greece. Located 100 kilometers southeast of Heraklion and 36 km south of Agios Nikolaos. Over the last decade Ierapetra is one of the popular tourist destinations of Crete and attracts many visitors because of its award winning beaches.
Sitia or Siteia is a small but charming market town in Lassithi Prefecture, Crete, laid out in a horseshoe shape on the side of a hill in the northeast of the island. Sitia is the seat of Sitia Municipality and one of the most pleasant and attractive towns in Lassithi, retaining its peaceful atmosphere in spite of tourism and development.