Welcome to Crete
Whether your visit is for relaxation or to explore and discover the many well known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, you will not be disappointed by the diversity of the landscape – the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities, towns and villages, and stunning countryside. Live at a human pace and let yourself be drawn into the island that has been nourishing hearts and minds for thousands of years…
The climate of Crete is generally described as mild Mediterranean with mild changes of weather. Winter starts in the middle of December and its colder months are January and February.
There is sunshine almost the whole year with greater intensity from April to October. The hottest months are July and August, but generally because of the sea breeze, the summer is relatively cool. The presence of clouds decreases as we move from west to east. The rains increase as we move from east to west and from the coastline to the mainland.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete with an area of 8,303 km2 (3,206 sq mi). The largest city is Heraklion, followed by Chania and Rethymno . As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065.
Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry and music). It was once the center of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe.
Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position.