Basic Facts about Crete and the Geography of Crete
Main Cities and Towns in Crete:
South coast: Ierapetra, Mires, Timbaki, Paleochora.
Crete Airports: There are five airports in Crete but only three of them are used for passenger flights: theHeraklion airport, the Chania airport in Akrotiri and the Sitia airport. The airports of Kastelli and Timbaki are military airports.
Crete Harbours: In Crete there are two main harbours: the Heraklion harbour and the Souda Bay harbour. The harbours in Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia are much smaller. Along the south coast there are various fishing ports.
Crete Mountains: Crete is a mountainous island and the island's history, as well as the personality of its inhabitants was greatly affected by these mountains. In the west there are Mt Idi (Psiloritis): 2456m and in the east there is : 2148m. Cretan mountains form a continuous chain from one end of the island to the other and they make Crete look much larger than it really is.(White Mountains): 2453m, in the center there is
Crete Rivers: Rivers in Crete are short and they dry up in the summer months. Rivers which flows year-round are the river at Preveli in southern Rethymnon district and the river at Vrisses in Chania district.
Crete Lakes: the lake of Kournas, a small but beautiful lake with many taverns around it.
Crete Islands: There are several small islands very close to Crete: Gavdos island is the southest border of Europe and it is populated. The islands of Hrissi or Gaidouronissi, Koufonissi, Dia, Paximadia, Gramvoussa are much smaller and not populated. Most of them are popular destinations for one-day cruises from Crete.
The Cyclades island ofor Thira is close to Crete also and there are daily cruises to it too.
In Crete there are 4 Nomoi or Prefectures and many Dimoi (Municipalities). Each Dimos is consisted of various towns and villages.
- Nomoi or Prefectures in Crete -
olive treeis very important in Crete and excellent virgin olive oil is produced here. Other important products include oranges, grapes and vegetables from greenhouses. Honey, cheese and herbs are of excellent quality also. Finally, big numbers of sheep and goats are raised in Crete.: The main sources of wealth in Crete are agriculture and tourism. The cultivation of the
While Egyptians were afraid of the "Big Blue", Minoan ships used to travel and trade all around Mediterranean Sea. The cultural influence of the various nations Cretans came in contact with, gave birth to this civilization that we still admire and which is considered to be the first high-level civilization in Europe.
- Crete - 8,000 years of history (6000 BC - 2000 AD): Neolithic Period - Minoan Crete - The Occupation Period
- The Battle of Crete
- The Greek Flag and the Greek Anthem
Naturismis a common practice on many isolated beaches. The south is also a good place if you want to train yourself in driving in narrow and very winding roads.: The north coast is the main tourist area of Crete and all cities are located there. The southern coast is the ideal place for the tourist who is in search of an isolated beach. Unfortunately as each year passes and their whereabouts become known, such beaches become a little more difficult to find.
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Away from the coastal regions, the interior is a far less well known part of Crete. This is the mountainous area of Crete; the roads may be really bad, the road signs are of little help and it's hard to find an English speaking person. Here is the place to search for small villages without the familiar "Rent a Room" or "Restaurant" signs. It is the place to meet the real Cretans: proud and friendly people, with a great sense of humor, ready to help you in any way they can and offer you a glass of "raki" (the locally produced colorless drink). When you meet them in the road just smile and say "=good evening" or " =hello". If you ask for some information and want to thank them, then "= thank you" is the right Greek word.http://www.explorecrete.com/crete.html=good morning", "