Rethymnon Prefecture

The prefecture of Rethymnon, Crete

Rethymnon (Ρέθυμνον) represents a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and living traditions.

Map of Rethymnon Prefecture
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Heraklion Prefecture

The prefecture of Heraklion, Crete

At the prefecture of Heraklion there are some of the most important archaeological sites on Crete.

Heraklion Prefecture Map
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Cretan Diet & Recipes

cretan nectar & ambrosia

One of the biggest contributions of Crete to mankind is the Cretan diet, which is believed to be the most important component of the Mediterranean diet.

The longevity of the Cretan people along with the lowest mortality rate is mostly due to their diet, the roots of which are as old as time itself.

Cretan Music & Dances

Traditional Cretan Music & Dances, Crete

The Cretan's close relationship to music and dancing can be traced back to the beginning of the history and myths of the island. In one of the most famous myths, that of the "Kourites" for example, it is described that the Kourites, the guardians of the infant Zeus, danced while beating their shields in order to cover the infant's crying.

Cretan Hospitality

the famous cretan hospitality

At some point it was rumored that Zeus the Great, the master of the ancient pantheon, who was born in the Diktean Cave, and was brought up in the mountain of Idi, had died and had been buried at his place of birth, Crete.

True to Zeus, the poet of Hellenistic times, Kalimahos from Alexandria, dedicates a hymn in which he strongly refutes the unacceptable, in his opinion, story:

Crete's Weather

Crete's healthy Climate

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The climate in Crete is characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. It is a temperate, Mediterranean climate.

There are significant differences between the coastal zone and the mountainous areas, as well as between the western and the eastern part of Crete, when it comes to weather conditions.

Coastal zone: Dry summer, mild winter.

The rainy season starts in late October and lasts until March or even April.

Snowfalls are extremely rare in the coastal zone of Crete, especially so in the eastern part of the island.

The eastern part of Crete (Sitia area) is drier and warmer than the western part (Chania district).

This is obvious from the vegetation. Chania is a lot greener than the desert-like Sitia area.

The same difference applies to the north and the south coast of Crete, with the south coast being drier and warmer.

During July and August Crete gets very hot - mercury can soar to 40°C (100°F) in the shade and the beaches are crowded.

About Crete

Crete – the southernmost island in Europe

A true paradise with its variety of attributes such as traditional villages, exotic lagoons, long sandy beaches, rocky bays and bustling nightlife.

There are grandiose mountain ranges, peaceful locations and crystal waters.

Blessed with clear sunlight most of the year, the climate is one of the best in Europe.

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: