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Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), the earliest "high culture" civilization in Europe, which built the first palaces in Europe.

The island has a number of gorges such as the famous gorge of Samaria, Imbros gorge, Kourtaliotiko gorge, Ha gorge, Platania gorge, the Gorge of the Dead (at Kato Zakros, Sitia) and Richtis Gorge and waterfall at Exo Mouliana in Sitia. The rivers of Crete include the Ieropotamos River, the Koiliaris, the Anapodiaris, the Almiros, and Megas Potamos. There are only two freshwater lakes: Lake Kournas and Lake Agia, which are both in Chania prefecture. Lake Voulismeni at the coast, at Aghios Nikolaos, was formerly a sweetwater lake but is now connected to the sea, in Lasithi.

The economy of Crete is predominantly based on agriculture and is one of the few Greek islands that can support itself independently without a tourism industry. The economy began to change visibly during the 1970s as tourism gained in importance.

The island has three significant airports, Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion, the Daskalogiannis airport at Chania and a smaller one in Sitia. The first two serve international routes, as the main gateways to the island for travellers. The island is served by ferries mostly from Athens by ferry companies such as Minoan Lines and ANEK Lines.

Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. Popular tourist attractions include the archaeological sites of the Minoan civilisation, the Venetian old city and port of Chania, the Venetian castle at Rethymno, the gorge of Samaria, the islands of Chrysi, Elafonisi, Gramvousa, and Spinalonga and the Palm Beach of Vai, which is the largest natural palm forest in Europe.

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Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel Crete Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel

The hotel is situated on its own sandy beach, 2 km from the center of Hersonissos, 25 km from the city of Heraklion. The hotel has 341 rooms and 43 su...
Aquila Rithymno Beach Hotel Crete Aquila Rithymno Beach Hotel

The hotel is located on a sandy beach 500 m long, 7 km east of the city of Rethymno, 68 km from the airport. The hotel complex consists of a main buil...
Aquila Porto Rethymno Hotel Crete Aquila Porto Rethymno Hotel

The hotel is located 50 yards from the sandy beach (crosses the street), in the center of Rethymno, near the old town, 60 km from the airport of Chani...
Astir Beach Hotel Crete Astir Beach Hotel

The hotel is located 50 m from the sandy beach, 10 km from the place of Hersonissos, 15 km from Heraklion airport, 16 km from Malia, 18 km from the ci...
Atlantis Beach Hotel Crete Atlantis Beach Hotel

The hotel is located 50 yards from the sandy beach (crosses the street), in Rethymno, 15 min. walk from the city center, 85 km from the airport. Renov...
Avra Imperial Beach Resort & Spa Hotel Crete Avra Imperial Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

The hotel is located on the sandy-pebble beach in Kolimbari, 23 km from the city of Chania, 35 km from the airport of Chania. The hotel was opened in ...
Creta Maris Beach Resort Hotel Crete Creta Maris Beach Resort Hotel

The hotel is located 150 m from the sandy beach, 3 km from the center of Hersonissos and 26 km from the city of Heraklion. A large hotel complex consi...
Galini Sea View Hotel Crete Galini Sea View Hotel

The hotel is located 300 meters from the sandy beaches of Santa Marina, on the hill (exceeding the street and a bus that goes to the beach), 800 m fro...

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Amnesia club Crete Amnesia club

Club Amnesia was started in 2001, is one of the most popular and most frequented clubs in Hersonissos-in. The Club has great atmosphere.
Aquaworld Aquarium Crete Aquaworld Aquarium

Mission at Aquaworld is quite simply to encourage interest in marine life and reptiles in general, and in those of the local area in particular.
Koules Venetian fortress (Castello del Molo ) Crete Koules Venetian fortress (Castello del Molo )

A Venetian seaside fortress situated at the entrance of the old harbour. It was built by the Venetians, before the construction of the new Venetian fo...
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Restaurant Soraya
Restaurant Soraya
The restaurant is located in the main street of Hersonissos in 50 meters from the Hotel Silva Maris. This is a neat little family restaurant known for its traditional and international specialties. You can enjoy the sea view from the terrac...
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Giali Tzamissi
Giali Tzamissi
The temple Kioutsouk (small) Hassan or Giali Tzamisi (seaside mosque), as it was commonly called, a brilliant sample of Islamic art of the Renaissance was a work of an Armenian architect, who had constructed another similar mosque in 'Spani...
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The archaeological site of Phaistos is located 62 km south of Iraklion in the fertile plain of Messara, on Agios Ioannis hill, at an altitude of 100 m from sea level. You can access Phaistos from Iraklion taking the road to Moires- Timb...
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Kales Fortress
Kales Fortress
The fort, built by the Venetians and Known to Ierapetrans as the "Kales", has been erected on the top of the southernmost mole of the ancient harbour.
Maura Mesanixta club
Maura Mesanixta club
Club with live music, located in the tourist center of Chania!
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