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Explore Crete

Crete, the largest island in Greece, is a combination of crystal clear blue sea, rough but imposing mountains, renowned museums, ancient settlements, impressive caves and precipices that have been known since prehistoric times. In addition, the mild climate, enchanting coasts, modern hotels, charming mainland, picturesque villages, local traditions, warm hospitality and rich local cuisine (composed mainly of meat, virgin olive oil, fruit, vegetables and legumes) scientifically proven to increase life expectancy, is a unique place.

Don’t miss out on:
- Strolling around the old Venetian Harbour of Chania with the fortress and the lighthouse.
- Visit the market of the city and taste the drooling culinary delights of Crete as well as their strong drink, raki.
- Basking at the golden exotic beaches lacing the Libyan Sea all along the Cretan shore, from Falassarna in the west to Vai in the east, where one feels they are on a tropic island while still being in Europe. Vai is also known for its exotic forest of palm trees.

- Diving in the spectacular underwater cave of the Elephants, owing its name to the bones of elephants found there. It is not far from the port of Chania called Souda.
- Participating in agritourism activities in the Vamos peninsula and Milia traditional village in Chania district.
- Taking pedalo rides at Kournas Lake, the only natural lake of Crete and an important wetland too.
- Enjoying Mount Psiloritis, whose Geopark is part of the UNESCO network. Springs, lakes, gorges and caves wait to be explored.

- Visiting Idaion Antro, the cave where mythology puts the bringing-up of Zeus. Not far from there you can visit mountainous villages like Anogeai and get to know original Cretan culinary traditions, such as meat skewered to the ground and grilled against a burning fire.
- Taking part in the carnival activities in the city of Rethymno, strolling or biking through the town to admire Venetian architecture.
- Canyoning at Samaria gorge and exploring an impressive array of flora and fauna exceeding 500 species some of which endemic to the Cretan land.

- Taking a cultural safari around the Minoan antiquities where the palace of Knossos holds the reigning position with its worldwide famous bright colourful architecture.

- Getting familiar with the mysteries and marvels of the seas in Cretaquarium, one of the best places in Europe for an acquaintance with hundreds of marine species.
- Golfing and surrendering to five star accommodation in Elounda; a place hosting some of the most high-end hotel resorts in Europe.

- Visiting the southernmost city of Europe, Ierapetra, whose little volcanic island of Chryssi and its awesome beaches promise to take your breath away.
- Setting foot on the island of the outcasts. Spinalonga, a rock Venetian-fortified piece of land floating in turquoise waters. What is now one of the most popular attractions of Crete, used to keep secrets of separation and fear back in the times when lepers were confined on it.

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