Crete

Crete

Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. It is located to the south east of mainland Greece. The island has an extensive history and today it remains a place steeped in culture with proud people, productive soil, and time honored traditions.

Beneath a sometimes rugged exterior, Cretans are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet, epitomizing the famous Greek hospitality and friendliness toward strangers. While city dwellers have taken on a more contemporary urban lifestyle, visitors who venture into the countryside and rural villages will experience the traditional way of life.

In villages across Crete, people can be found producing their own wine and raki, preparing fresh bread and artisan cheeses, preserving olives and summer fruits, visiting each other unannounced, and spending lazy afternoons gossiping in the kafeneia. Some men still proudly wear the traditional attire; impressive and handsome in their black pants (vráka), sturdy boots, wide sash, and a black fringed head cover.

Crete is one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations for good reason. The people are unique, the food is excellent, the culture is alive, and there are endless things to do from visiting the Minoan Palace of Knossos, to exploring hidden caves (including the cave where Zeus was born), to hiking the Samaria Gorge, to reclining on a sandy beach beside Europe’s largest natural palm forest at Vai.

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