The Crete region

Crete is one of the biggest islands in the Mediterranean; about 8.336 square km. The length of the island is 260 km, but the shore-length stretches to 1.046 km. The biggest width is 60 km from the Dion cape to the Lithinon cape and the smallest is 12 km, named the "isthmus of Ierapetra". Crete is divided in 4 prefectures; Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi. A high mountain range crosses the island from West to East, formed by three different groups of mountains. 

In the West; the White Mountains (2.452 m), in the middle the mountain of Idi with the highest peak of the island; The Psiloritis (2.456 m) The East side has the Dikti mountains that has the “smallest” peak of 2148 meters. These mountains gifted Crete with fertile plateaus like Lasithi, Omalos and Nidha, caves and gorges but also caused differences in climate. It lies at the Southern Aegean Sea and at the crossroads of three continents; Europe, Asia and Africa. This strategic position made the island very popular throughout the ages; one can find traces of various cultures all over the island. Crete is well placed and easily accessible, accepting scheduled flights from many countries throughout Europe via its two international airports. With a warm climate and 300 days of sunshine the island is a fantastic location for holiday stay. 

The island is so varied which means that you can explore a new location area each day. Crete can offer you a different experience and you can learn new things all the time. There is so much to see and do and so much to learn about the culture. 

The Rethymno / Gonia area

The city Rethymnon is today still is at the same place as the ancient city (4-5. Years u. Chr.) It is a city of a overwhelming beauty, in which the modern trend connects itself with the pictorial old part of the town, the many lanes, the venetian harbour and the venetian castellet (Fotrezza).

It is undoubtly worthwhile to pay a visit to the prefecture of Rethymnon. To quote there among others our traditional village of Gonia, Argyroupoli with its waterfalls, the lake and the Preveli palm beach, the Kourtaliotiko Ravine, Anogeia (center of the traditionally Cretan music), the Arkadia Monastery, where in 1866 under the Turkish occupation a Holocaust took place, the beautiful beach of Plakias and many other places of interest as well as endless beaches

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