Crete Aquarium at Gournes. At Gournes, 10 miles east of Heraklion, the most frequently developed coastline is interrupted. There, to the west of the village of Gouves, a former air force base of the US Air Force awaits its rehabilitation and revitalization. So far only the Gouves Animal Shelter and...
The beach at Vai. The beach at Vai – the Vai Finikodaos – famous for its palm trees, contrasts with the surrounding area and rest of Toplou. The sudden appearance of Europe’s only wild-palm forest is indeed an outstanding sight. The palm trees are the local species Phoenix theophrasti (Cretan...
The Naval Museum of Chania. The Naval Museum of Crete was first set up in Chania in 1973 and has already received an award from the Historical-Ethnological Society for its work. It is located at the entrance to the Venetian fortress ‘Firkas’, which dominated the port entrance. The displayed exhibits...
Crete Tip with many photos and videos. True insider information, attractions, sightseeing, tours, hikes and more - first hand tips by a permanent resident of the largest island of Greece !
Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Its salient geographical position, practically in the middle of the eastern Mediterranean, between the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa played a crucial role in its history, from antiquity to the present.
It has an area of 8,241 sq. km (the islands of Gavdos, Dia and Kouphonisi bring the total to 8,407 sq. km). It is long and narrow, its greatest length being 260 km while its width varies from 60 km to 12 km.
It is rimmed by four seas: the Karpathian to the east, the Myrtoos to the west, the Cretan to the north and the Libyan to the south.
Therefore it promises for the holidays over 300 sunny days a year, with average temperatures which are about more than 10 degrees warmer than in UK and 'migraine' weather is an unknown word here.
Swimming season for the numerous sandy beaches is from May to October and there is a wide variety of water sports, magnificent hiking trails, mostly friendly and hospitable locals, interesting archaeological sites and welcoming hotels right on the beach for a relaxing holiday.
One who stays all his holidays at the beach or pool of his hotel complex will indeed recover gorgeous - but misses a lot. Because the island is much more than a beautiful sunny island, it's the spiritual home of Europe ! Here existed a high culture long before the mainland awoke !
The history of the discovery of these early European flowering period is almost as exciting as the era that came to light.
Indeed, here you can walking in the mountains and living close to the sea ! The islands holds ideal combinations ready for all interests. There is nothing more beautiful than to swim after a daylong trip in the mountains or along the coastline - or just to spend the evening in a seaside tavern.
On Crete Tip the island is not presented like 'the usual' on most other travelling and tourist sites, where only the beautiful holiday (dream) world exist, but the reality, which is then not so stained like the glossy photos of the travel portals.
Therefore, to convey the concern of a longtime resident of the island, to create most possible objective and unvarnished reports of sights, excursion and holiday destinations, news, tips and also problems from first-hand of the largest Greek island !
Norman, the Kretaner