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Crete

Crete is a magical quilt of amazing sandy and rocky beaches, blue and turquoise seas, lively towns and secluded villages, wonderful cuisine and warm hospitality. The island is the birthplace of the first advanced society on European soil, the Minoans, who ruled over much of the Aegean some 4000 years ago. The island is famous for its mysterious civilization, including the famous Palace of Knossos, the old towns of Hania and Rethymno, where labyrinthine lanes – laid out by the Venetians – are lorded over by mighty fortresses. 

  • Taste aromatic wild herbs, dairy products and local meat, main ingredients of the famous Cretan Cuisine. Drink Raki or tsikoudia (the distilled drink of Crete) along with traditional homemade rusks with feta cheese, tomato and olive oil (dakos).
  • Visit Spinalonga island, that used to be a massive fortress for the venetians and later a leper colony.
  • Go sailing to Dia Island, an uninhabited islet that looks like a giant lizard when viewed from the city of Heraklion. It is an amazing biotope for endemic plants and  also a vital breeding site for seabirds and monk seals. If you are lucky enough, you might see them yourself!