Crete island, Greece

Explore Crete Greece, the guide about real Crete, Greece

Crete (Κρήτη), Greece: Steeped in history and culture, scented by thyme and wild herbs, Crete still has enough paradise to offer with its abundance of myths, legends and history, a breathtaking landscape, an exceptional blend of past and present, and a plentitude of choices. Dramatic mountain ranges are dotted with caves and sliced by deep gorges, and its rugged interior is blanketed in olive groves, wild flowers and aromatic herbs.

Spectacular drives along the rugged south coast of Crete lead to a sun drenched paradise of long sandy beaches and isolated coves.

Crete is the largest island of Greece and the 5th in size in the Mediterranean Sea area, preceded by Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica.

Crete has an area of 8.260 km2 and a coast-line of 1.050 km. The largest length is 265 km and the largest width is 60 km. The narrowest part of Crete of 15 km, gives way from Pachia Amos to Ierapetra, the southernmost town of Europe.

Crete, Greece has approximately 700.000 inhabitants. The last official counting was in the year 2000.

Crete is subdivided in 4 provinces:

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