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Travel to Crete, Greece

Area: 8336 km²
Length: 260 km
Width: 12-57 km
Lay: Mountainous
Height: up to 2456 m (Mount Ida)
Population: over 600 000 people
Capital: Heraklion
Major port: Heraklion, Chania
Major cities: Chania, Rethymnon, Lassithi

Crete, GreeceCrete is the largest Greek island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. From all Greek islands it is the closest to North Africa. Crete has important for Mediterranean location. It has deeply indented coast-line as they have formed deep bays- Chania, Souda, Mirabello on the north coast and in the south coast is wide opened to the Mediterranean Mesara Bay. The peninsulas are deeply indented into the sea- Rodopos, Akrotiri, Sideros. There is a Mediterranean climate and vegetation- vineyards, olive trees, citruses. Crete is one of the thirteen administrative districts of the Republic of Greece. Crete is divided into 4 smaller prefectures (Nomos). From west to east they are Chania, Retymnon, Heraklion and Lassithi.
Heraklion is the fifth largest city in Greece and capital of Crete. Amoudara Beach is the longest one in Haraklion- 7km. It is located 7 km away from Heraklion, 7 km from Knossos Palace, 4 km from the port and 7 km from the airport. Near the city you can find remains from the neolith era, which are evidence that the city was part of the ancient settlement Knossos. Crete, GreeceOther important cities of Crete are Perama, Vamos, Agios Nikolaos and Yerapetra. Numerous tourists visit destinations like Knossos, Festos, Gortis, the Venetian fortress of Rethymnon, the Church if St. Mark, Sfendoni Cave, the Archaeological Complex Spinalonga, Samaria Gorge and others. Inhabited since ancient times it posses countless historical and geographical landmarks, this is the reason the island is such a famous tourist destination.
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