The Island

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Crete is one of the 13 prefectures of Greece and the second biggest island of East Mediterranean. It is found at the South end of Aegean Sea, at the cross of three continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa). It is 260 km long but the coast is 1046 km.

Concerning the ground morphology Crete combines the sea and the mountain. It is surrounded by the sea and beautiful sandy or rocky coasts for which the island is well known, however a mountainous area crosses the island from the West to the East. At the West the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) (2.452 m) are found, in the middle the mountain Idi known for the peak Psiloritis (2.456 m), and at the East the mountain Dikti (2.148 m).

The presence of natural elements and their beauty is very vivid at the island. There are hundreds of caves (most unexplored), gorges, plateaus and a big variety of flora (in Europe) and fauna.

The History of Crete starts back at the neolithic age. Crete was the centre of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world, the oldest Greek civilization the Minoan (circa 2600–1400 BC). Up to date there is ongoing research and excavations of antiquities, and some of them are exhibited at the Archeological museum. Close to Villa Kreta you will find, one of the most important archeological regions, the Knossos Palace which is open to visitors throughout the year.

The island is separated in 4 prefectures: Heraklion, Lasithi, Rethimnon and Chania and has about 650.000 residents. Please contact us if you need additional and more specific information.

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    • Villa Kreta

    • Minoos St. 90, 71304, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
    • Phone: +30-2810-254410
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