Title: Crete - Hotels in Crete - Information about Crete - Photos from Crete - Crete Maps - Crete Weather - Guide Crete Descriptive info: .. About Crete.. Crete.. Advertise.. Sitemap.. Contact.. Search about crete.. Welcome to the land of deep heart given hospitality and good wine….. Crete.. Information about Crete.. Photos of Crete.. Hotels in Crete.. Weather in Crete.. Temperature: 21 C.. Clouds: Few clouds.. Wind: 5.. 7 m/sec.. Humidity: 73.. 1%.. Visibility: 10 kilometers.. Crete Areas.. Heraklion.. Chania.. Rethymnon.. Lassithi.. Several Categories.. Battle of Crete.. Cretan cuisine.. Cretan Greek language.. Crete Festivals.. Crete Useful Telephones.. Crete Wallpapers.. Distances in Crete.. Famous Cretans.. Flights to Crete.. Flora and Fauna.. History of Crete.. Music of Crete.. Mythology of Crete.. Sea of Crete.. University' s of Crete.. Videos from Crete.. Advertise with us.. Crete called Candia in the Venetian period and Turkish Girit is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea.. Tourist attractions in Crete include archeological sites at Knossos, Phaistos, Gortys and many other places, the Venetian castle in Rethymno, the Samaria Gorge and many other minor gorges (Agia Irini, Aradena, etc).. Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (ca.. 2600–1400 BCE), the oldest civilization in Europe.. Geography.. Crete is one of the 13 regions into which Greece is divided.. It is the largest island in Greece and the second largest (after Cyprus) of the East Mediterranean.. Crete has an elongated shape 260 km from east to west and 60 km at its widest, although the island is narrower at certain points, such as in the region close to Ierapetra where it has a width of only 12 km.. It covers an area of 8,336 km² and has a coastline of 1046 km.. To the north Crete borders with the Sea of Crete, to the south it is bordered by the Libyan Sea, to the west the Myrtoon Sea, to the east the Karpathion Sea.. Its population is 650,000 people (as of 2005).. The island lies approximately 160 km south of the Greek mainland.. Crete is extremely mountainous and is defined by a high mountain range crossing it from West to East, formed by three different groups of mountains.. These are:.. White Mountains or Lefka Ori (2,452 m high).. Idi range (Psiloritis (35.. 18° N 24.. 82° E) 2,456 m).. Dikti mountains (2,148 m high).. Kedros (1,777 m high).. Thripti (1489 m).. These mountains gifted Crete with fertile plateaus like Lasithi, Omalos and Nidha, caves like Diktaion and Idaion cave, and gorges like the famous Gorge of Samaria.. The protected area of the Samaria Gorge is the home of kri-kri.. Cretan mountains and gorges are refuges of the endangered spieces of Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus).. History.. Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilization, the Minoan.. Referred to often as the cradle of European civilization.. Little is known about the rise of ancient Cretan society, because very few written records remain, and many of them are written in the undeciphered script known as Linear A.. This contrasts with the superb palaces, houses, roads, paintings and sculptures that do remain.. Though early Cretan history is surrounded by legends (such as those of King Minos Theseus and the Minotaur and Daedalus and Icarus) that have been passed to us via Greek historians poets (such as Homer), it is known that the first human settlement in Crete, dating to the aceramic Neolithic, introduced cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs, as well as domesticated cereals and legumes.. In Ancient Roman times, Crete was involved in the Mithridatic Wars as Rome suspected them of backing Mithridates VI of Pontus.. Marcus Antonius Creticus attacked Crete in 71 BCE and was repelled.. Rome sent Quintus Caecilius Metellus with three legions to the island.. After a ferocious three-year campaign Crete was conquered for Rome in 69 BCE, earning this Metellus the agnomen Creticus.. The result was Gortyn being made the capital ... mainly falling within the former.. As such, the climate in Crete is primarily temperate.. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea.. The winter is fairly mild.. Snowfall had been practically unknown to the plains until the truly exceptional cold snap of February 2004, during which the whole island was blanketed with snow.. During summer, average temperatures are in the high 20's-low 30's (Celsius).. The exception can be the south coast, including the Messara plain and Asterousia mountains, which fall in the North African climatic zone and thus enjoys significantly more sunny days and high temperatures during the summer, as well as very mild winters—consequently in southern Crete date palms bear fruit and swallows stay year-long, instead of migrating to Africa.. Economy.. The economy of Crete, which was mainly based on farming, started changing visibly during the 1970s.. While there is still an emphasis on farming and stock breeding, due to the climate and the terrain of the island, there is a drop in manufacturing and a big increase on the services industry (mainly tourism related).. All three sectors of the Cretan economy (agriculture, processing-packaging, services), are directly connected and interdependent.. Crete has an average per capita income which is close to 100% of the Greek average.. Unemployment is at approximately 4%, half of that of Greece.. As in other regions of Greece, olive growing is also a significant industry.. The island has three significant airports, Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion, the Daskalogiannis airport at Chania and a smaller in Sitia.. The first two are international serving as the main gates to the island for thousands of tourists.. Tourism.. Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece.. Fifteen percent of all arrivals in Greece come through the city of Heraklion (port and airport), while charter flights to Heraklion were last year 20% of the total of charter flights in Greece.. In sum more than two million tourists visited Crete last year.. This increase in tourism is reflected on the number of hotel beds, which increased in Crete by 53% from 1986 to 1991 while in the rest of Greece the increase was 25%.. Today the tourism infrastructure in Crete caters to all tastes.. There is accommodation of every possible category, from large luxury hotels with all the facilities (swimming pools, sports and recreation facilities etc.. ), to smaller family owned apartments, to camping facilities.. Visitors can arrive at the island through two international airports in Heraklion and Hania, or by boat to the ports of Heraklion, Hania, Rethimno and Agios Nikolaos.. Expatriate E.. U.. Communities on Crete.. Crete's mild climate is attracting growing interest from Northern Europeans to have a holiday home or residence on the island.. E.. citizens have the right to freely buy property and reside with little formality.. A growing number of real estate companies cater to mainly British expatriates, followed by German, Dutch, Scandinavian and other European nationalities wishing to own a home in the sun.. The British expatriates are concentrated in the western prefectures of Chania and Rethymnon and to a lesser extent in Heraklion and Lassithi.. Some 40 per cent of Britons in late 2006 said they were planning to live outside the United Kingdom or retire abroad due to socio-economic changes in the country.. One in ten Britons do so already.. There are several informative sources of information for intending British expatriate residents in Crete.. Political organization.. The island of Crete is a periphery of Greece, consisting of four prefectures:.. Lasithi.. Rethymno.. Photos from Crete.. More photos.. Print.. |.. Sponsored Links.. Kreta startpagina, links en informatie over kreta.. Copyright about-crete.. gr 2013.. All rights reserved.. This website complies with the WC3 web design standards for.. XHTML.. ,.. CSS.. Powered Provided by.. Effectlab..
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Title: Heraklion Descriptive info: Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of Crete.. Heraklion.. Information about Heraklion.. Photos of Heraklion.. General.. Heraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete, the capital of the region and the economic centre of the island.. The first European civilisation, the Minoan civilisation, flourished on this land 5000 years ago.. The conquering of Constantinopole by the Franks in 1204, left Crete under the sovereignty of the Venetians until 1669.. During this period, Heraklion experienced significant cultural growth and became the capital of the Regno di Candia.. However, all this cultural and spiritual growth came to a sudden end in 1669 with the invasion of Crete by the Turks.. Crete became autonomous in 1897, to be united with Greece in 1913.. The cultural heritage of the city of Heraklion offers a variety of forms of modern entertainment.. Every year, the city, as well as numerous villages in the surrounding area, organize cultural events such as theatrical performances, art exhibitions, musical nights and festivals which attract a lot of people, locals and visitors alike.. For those inclined to modern entertainment and clubbing, the city offers ample opportunities for night life.. Heraklion is a city with one foot rooted in the past, the other stepping into the future.. Currently the population of Heraklion is approximately 150000 people.. It is a very dynamic and cosmopolitan town, particularly during the summer period when thousands of visitors can be seen shopping in the market or visiting the museums and other places of interest.. Today Heraklion is the top choice for tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.. The unique natural beauty favours the development of alternative forms of tourism and provides a combination of mountain and sea sports.. The city is also the commercial and scientific centre of the island.. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the southeast basin of the Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures.. During the last 20 years the city has made remarkable progress in the academic and technological fields.. The dynamic and imaginative combination of natural beauty, climate, strategic position, cultural heritage and scientific background has created an appropriate environment to add value to the broader entrepreneurial activity in the region and stimulate the local economy.. The prefecture of Heraklion is bounded with the prefectures of Rethymno to the west and Lasithi or Lassithi to the east.. The valley of farmlands are situated in the central and the northern parts and within the coastline and valleys.. The mountains dominate the rest of the prefecture including the south.. The main mountains are parts of Ida or Idi Mountains to the west and Asterousia in the south.. The prefecture includes the island of Dia to the north.. History of Heraklion.. Heraklion is the 5th in size city of Greece.. Near the city’s area there are settlements from the Neolithic Period.. Even though there are just a few findings to prove it, it is believed that the city was the port of the ancient city of Knossos.. The Saracens occupied the city on 824 AD and renamed it to El Khandak (Fort of the dike), when they dug the big dike around the city.. The city was re-occupied by the Byzantine Empire on 961 AD after numerous failed efforts.. Two hundred years later the Empire was dismantled by the Crusaders that took over, and Cretan government was given to the Venetians for 1.. 000 silver coins.. During the Venetian occupation arts flourished and Candia, as the city was named by the Venetians, became the center of literature and arts.. Many intellectuals and artists found refuge in Candia after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.. The Venetians started the construction of the city’s fortification on 1462 and they needed more than a century to complete it.. The walls had a total length of over 4 kilometers.. They had a triangular shape and 7 bastions.. The Venetians also built the port and many other buildings of magnificent architecture.. The strategic importance of the fortification was proved during the city’s investment.. The city’s investment by the Turks lasted 21 years and was one of the longest in history.. The final surrender was on 1669 after 100.. 000 Turkish and 30.. 000 Venetian casualties.. During the Turkish occupation the Cretans repined against the compulsory conversion to the Islamic faith.. From 1820 onwards, a continuous guerilla / partisan warfare was done against the Turks.. Heraklion population was increased after 1913, when Crete was unified with motherland Greece.. Due to her strategic location th city became a target for the German invasion forces on 1941.. The German bombardment during the Battle of Crete caused great destruction to the city and after the war she was rebuilt to a great extent.. Initially Crete’s capital was the city of Chania.. The administrative center of Crete was transferred to Heraklion on 1971.. Access.. The Heraklion airport (HER), named after the Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis, is one of the biggest in Greece.. ... (Platia Eleftherias) is the Archeological Museum of Crete.. Every year thousands of visitors come to admire fabulous treasures from the Minoan, historic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman times.. West of Heraklion, there is the Cretan History Museum, where the riches of the Christian, Byzantine, Medieval and earlier times are preserved for all to see.. There are also many objets d’art, examples of Cretan popular culture through the ages.. These include pieces of work by the great painter EL GRECO, who was born and studied painting in Heraklion itself.. In the same Museum we can also find hagiographies from the famous Cretan School of Hagiography.. In addition, visitors have the chance to see a typical Cretan house as well as memorabilia of the great author, Nikos Kazantzakis.. Just a few meters from the Loggia there is an elaborate fountain, called Lions.. It is exquisitely sculpted and decorated with images inspired by the sea and the animal kingdom.. It was constructed during the first decades of the 17th century by Franzisco Morozini, not only to decorate the square but also to provide the city with water.. South of the Lotzia is the Basilica of Saint Marcus which was built in 1239 in the PIAZZA DELLE BIADE (Square of Blades) and used to be the Cathedral of Crete.. The Basilica belonged to the reigning Duke and it was used as the Dukes burial place.. Nowadays it houses the Municipal Art Gallery.. Heraklion is surrounded by enormous medieval walls, which used to protect it from enemies and gave the city its reputation as the best-fortified state in the Mediterranean basin.. It stood up to a siege by the Turks for 25 years but the city was finally seized after its betrayal by a Venetian Engineer who led the invaders through a secret passageway into the city.. The Medieval monastery of Saint Catherine stands in the southwest corner of Lion Square.. This building used to be the Cretan University during the Middle ages, through which many European artists, philosophers, church fathers, poets and authors rose to prominence.. Nowadays the church of Saint Catherine houses a priceless collection of Cretan hagiographies.. A few meters from the church, you will find the Cathedral of Saint Minas, who is the patron saint of the city.. Saint Minas rescued the Christians from slaughter when the Turks had tried to annihilate them in the early 19th century.. The church took thirty years to construct and was inaugurated in 1896 with lavish celebrations.. Next to it we can find the older, smaller church of Saint Minas, embellished with magnificent hagiographies and icons created by great hagiographers.. Tour in the City: The central market and the shops in Heraklion are among the most diverse in Crete.. Visitors can easily find souvenirs, jewellery, furs, food, and clothes for any price.. Famous Cretan products such as oil, wine, raki, honey and herbs are really worth tasting and buying.. The Martinengo battlements rise from the south part of the wall, where the celebrated Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorbas and the Odyssey, was buried.. South of here is the Old Gate called Hanioporta.. Lots of old churches and battlements still decorate Heraklion, which in addition to having a rich cultural heritage is very lively during the day and night.. Festivals.. : Every evening during the summer, the Municipality of Heraklion organizes several arts events in its charming open-air theatres.. The Festival has been honored by the presence of the Bolsoi Ballet, Kirof, the Opera di Vienna, Joan Baez, Theodorakis, Hatzidakis, Markopoulos, Brubek, Moustaki, Roussos, Halloway and Alvinand Berzam.. The Festival begins in June and finishes in September, but during the rest of the year, art exhibitions, shows, recitals and concerts take place.. At Christmas, Easter and in May there are celebrations for Holy Days and also for the Battle of Crete in 1941.. Modern life.. : Arts events still take place, which are examples of a both a flourishing civilization and a creative development.. Night life.. : In Heraklion there are many nightclubs as well as tavernas/restaurants with Cretan and other folk music with dancing.. Hotels.. : In Heraklion there are a great number of hotels ranging from one to five star, various rooms to rent and many travel agents and car rental firms.. Foods.. : There are a great number of restaurants and tavernas, which offer traditional Cretan food as well as international cuisine.. Local raki, ouzo(spirits and fish-taverns are well known for their local delicacies, traditional drinks and low prices.. Airport.. : The Cretan airport is named after Nikos Kazantzakis and is very busy, being the link between Crete and everywhere else in Greece and Europe.. In addition, Heraklion port is the link to Piraeus, Thessaloniki and the Aegean islands.. Municipalities of the county of Heraklion.. Aghia Varvara, Archanes, Arkalochori, Asteroussia, Episkopi, Gazi, Gorgolaini, Gortina, Gouves, Heraklion, Hersonissos, Kastelli, Kofina, Krousonas, Malia, Moires, Nea Alikarnassos, Nikos Kazantzakis, Palianis, Rouvas, Temenos, Thrapsanos, Tilissos, Timpaki, Viannos, Zaros.. 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Title: Chania - Hotels in Chania - Information about Chania - Photos from Chania - Chania Maps - Chania Weather - Chania Crete Descriptive info: Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture.. Chania.. Information about Chania.. Photos of Chania.. Chania prefecture is one of the four prefectures of Crete, Greece.. It covers the westernmost quarter of the island.. The capital is the city of Chania.. Chania borders only prefecture, the Rethymno Prefecture to the east.. The Cretan Sea is bounded to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the west and south.. The prefecture includes the southernmost point and island in Europe, Gavdos.. The city of Chania lays at the east end of the Gulf of Chania which is formed between the Akrotiri peninsula and the Spatha peninsula also called Rodopos.. It covers a significant part of the small Plain of Chania and borders with the hilly suburbs of Profitis Ilias, Agios Matthews and Kounoupidiana towards the east, with the villages of Vamvakopoulo, Nerokourou, Mournies and Perivolia towards the south and with the coastal areas of Chryssi Akti and Agioi Apostoloi towards the west.. The climate of the city is mild and typical mediterranean, with sunny dry summers and mild rainy winters.. During the period April-October fine weather is almost an everyday feature with very few interruptions.. Sunny days are frequent during the winter as well, but windy and rainy weather is the basic feature of that period.. Snow and extreme temperatures are rare near the coast, with very few exceptions like the snowstorm of the 13th of February 2004 when some 30cm of snow were accumulated inside the urban area causing general chaos.. However, especially during February and March, such cold days can be followed by much warmer weather, even by heatwaves when a Saharan dust event occurs, something quite frequent during spring.. Description.. Chania prefecture, often informally termed Western Crete, is a beautiful and in many parts unspoilt part of the island.. Districts include verdant Apokoronas, mountainous Sfakia, and Selino in the far South West corner.. Some other notable towns in the Chania prefecture are: Hora Sfakíon, Kastelli-Kissamos, Paleochora, Maleme, Vrisses, Vamos, Georgioupolis and Kalives.. The natural park of Samaria Gorge, a major tourist attraction and a refuge for the rare Cretan wild goat or kri kri, is in the South of the prefecture of Chania.. The White Mountains or Lefka Ori, through which the Samaria, Aradena, Imbros and other gorges run, are the limestone peaks topped by snow until May that occupy much of Chania prefecture.. They contain more than 40 peaks over 2,000 meters high.. The highest peak in this area is Pahnes, at 2,452 meters above sea level.. Western Crete is popular with tourists for its spring flowers that linger on into early May in the mountains.. Birdwatching is also popular, with the lammergeier and golden eagle especially sought for.. As an island, Crete has many endemic species of plant and animal.. Crete’s only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is in the prefecture close to the border with Rethymno Prefecture, 47 km from Chania.. It is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.. 5 km.. The lake used to be called Korisia after ancient Korion, a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena.. The lake used to be reportedly full of eels but now is better known for its terrapins and tourists.. Tavernas and pedalo rental shops line part of the shore.. Overall, however, the lake retains its beauty, the White Mountains reflected in the mirror-like waters.. The morphology of the landscape and the location of Crete in the center of the Mediterranean have a direct effect on the climate of the prefecture of Chania which is characterized as temperate Mediterranean and particularly dry with sunlight 70% of the year.. Winter is mild and the climate from November to March is characterized as cold, but not frosty with frequent showers.. A white carpet of snow may often be seen covering the peaks of the White Mountain range at the beginning of November that lasts until the end of May but rarely will it be observed in the plains.. The weather in April is sweet and pleasant and few are the times when the sunlight is suddenly replaced by light rain.. In October it rarely rains, the weather is still warm and mild and a dip in the sea is still a pleasant one.. May and September are usually sunny, but not excessively warm.. The summer however is quite hot and arid with June and July being the hottest months of the year and without rainfall.. In the semi mountainous and mountainous regions of the prefecture the temperatures are lower, whereas in the southern coast and in the inland plains it is higher by a few degrees.. Another important characteristic of the region is the fact that the sea temperatures in the southern coast during the winter are almost the same as the sea temperatures in northern Europe in the summer.. Consequently, winter swimming has gained in ... old town a lively and colourful place during the tourist period especially May-September.. The Splantzia quarter behind the inner harbour and the Venetian Arsenals is still largely untouched and very atmospheric.. This atmosphere prevails throughout the old town during the less busy period of the year November-March.. The 1860 Greek Orthodox Cathedral Trimartyri is located in a square facing the entrance to the 1879 Roman Catholic cathedral across Halidhon street.. The Synagogue - Etz Hayyim in the Topanas District, has been restored in recent years after falling into disrepair during the post World War II era.. The 1913 indoor market Agora, a large building based on the market of Marseille, is on the edge of the old town and is popular with tourists and locals alike.. Other interesting sights within the old town are the Kasteli Archeological Area Kanevaro, the Great Shipyard Megalo Neorio/Arsenali, the Fort Firca, the Gate and Bulwark Subbionara, The Gate of the Renier Mansion and the Turkish Minaret of Achmet Aga.. The modern part of the city.. The modern part of Chania is where most locals live and work.. It is less traditional than the old town, but there are still areas of charming beauty or of some historical interest.. The oldest district early 18th century of the modern city is Nea Xora which is located beyond the west end of the old town.. It is a developing area, but also a very picturesque one, with narrow old lanes leading to a small fishing harbour.. During the same era the district of Halepa begun to grow to the east of the city and used to be home for the local aristocracy.. Some of the historical buildings of the area (including old consulates of foreign countries) had been destroyed or abandoned during the later decades of the 20th century, and it was only recently when some interest was shown for the restoration of the remaining ones.. Other historical buildings in the area include Eftherios Venizelos’s House (built 1876-1880), the old French school (now property of the Technical University of Crete), the Church of Agia Magdalini (built 1901-1903), The Palace (built 1882, house of Prince George) and The Church of Evangelistria (built 1908-1923).. Part of the marine area of Halepa is called Tabakaria, where a unique architectural complex of old leather processing houses is situated.. The district of Koum Kapi (the Venetians had first named it Sabionera, which means the Gate of the Sand) situated beyond the walls at the eastern part of the old town, was also one of the first places to be inhabited outside the fortification walls.. Initially, it was home for the Halikoutes, a group of bedouins from North Africa who had actually settled there since the last years of the Turkish occupation.. Nowadays it is a developing area with many trendy cafes, bars and restaurants on its picturesque beach.. Apart from the previously mentioned older districts of the modern part of the town, several new residential areas have been developed during the 20th century, like Agios Ioannis, Koumbes, Lentariana etc.. Some part - but not the biggest- of the city centre is dominated by colourless medium-height block buildings, typical of the urbanization period of Greece (1950-1970).. However, there are still some beautiful neoclassical houses especially at the eastern part of Chania and some of the neighbourhoods surrounding the centre are quite picturesque.. The plan of the central area is very good, there are some nice parks and several sports grounds, the most important being the Venizeleio Stadium of Chania.. Some of the most important sights of the newer urban area are the The Court House (Dikastiria, built late 19th century), The Public Gardens (Kipos, created 1870), The Garden Clock-Tower (Roloi, built 1924-1927), The Episcopal Residence (Despotiko, built early 19th century) and the House of Manousos Koundouros (built 1909).. The central squares of Chania are the Market Square (Agora), the Court House Square (Dikastiria) and the 1866 Square.. The last two decades there is a profound movement of Chania residents towards the suberbs as well as towards areas around the city which used to be rural, mainly the Akrotiri Peninsula.. Transport.. The city has an international airport (code CHQ) on the Akrotiri Peninsula named after Daskalogiannis, a Sfakiot hero who was skinned by the Turks in the 18th century.. There are several flights a day from Athens to Chania, with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airlines.. From April to early November, there are many direct charter flights to Chania from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and other European countries.. Domestic flight schedules.. Souda, some 7 km from Chania, is the city’s port, with daily ferries to Piraeus and a NATO naval base.. ANEK Lines Ferry schedules.. Municipalities of the county of Chania.. Akrotirio, Armenoi, Asi Gonia, Bamos, Chania, East Selino, Eleftherios Venizelos, Fre, Gavdos, Georgioupoli, Innachoir, Kantanos, Keramos ,Kissamos ,Kolymvari ,Krionerida ,Mithimna ,Moussouro ,Nea Kidonia ,Pelekanos ,Platanias ,Sfakia ,Souda ,Therisos ,Voukolioi.. Photos from Chania..
Title: Rethymnon - Hotels in Rethymnon - Information about Rethymnon - Photos from Rethymnon - Rethymnon Maps - Rethymnon Weather Descriptive info: Rethymno, you know, is built on the border between tameness and wilderness.. Rethymnon.. Information about Rethymnon.. Photos of Rethymnon.. Rethymnon , also Rethimno or Rethymnonn, Rethymnon, a city of approximately 40,000 people, is the capital of Rethymnon Prefecture in the island of Crete, Greece.. It was built in antiquity ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe, even though it has never been a competitive Minoan center.. It was, however, strong enough to mint its own coins and maintain a mild urban growth.. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town with two dolphins in a circle.. Rethymnon started growing again when the Venetian conquerors of the island wanted to have an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania acquiring its own bishop and nobility.. Today’s old town is almost entirely built by Venetians.. It is one of the best preserved old towns in Greece.. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, small Venetian harbor and narrow streets.. The Venetian Loggia today houses the information office of the ministry of culture.. The big municipal gardens are ideal for those in search of shade and tranquillity.. Throughout the year various activities are organized which draw a large crowd.. The Wine Festival is held there annually at the beginning of July.. Another festival is held on 7-8th of November, in memory of the destruction of Arkadi Monastery.. It has a Venetian castle called the Fortetza which is the one of the biggest and best standing castles in Greece.. Other monuments include the Neratze mosque St.. Katherine’s Catholic Church, the Great Gate, the Piazza Rimondi Rimmondi square, the Venetian Loggia etc.. Today its main income is tourism, with large Facilities that have been built the past 20 years and Agriculture especially, for its olive oil and Mediterranean products.. It is also the base of the Philosophical School and the University Library of the University of Crete and the School of Social and Political Sciences having 8,000 students every year on its University Campus at Galos and where the Academic Institute of Mediterranean Studies is situated.. Geography and climate.. Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete.. It is situated between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion, abutting the Cretan Sea in the north and the Libyan Sea in the south.. Its capital, which has the same name as the prefecture, is situated 58 km from the town of Chania and 78 km from the town of Heraklion.. The central part of the town of Rethymno is built on the cape of the northern shore of the prefecture.. The developing town stretches along the northern sandy beach, which has a total length of 13 km, whilst a range of low mountains of which the highest peak is Mount Vrysina (858 m), rises up south of the town centre.. The prefecture terrain is mainly mountainous with small but interesting morphological changes such as imposing gorges, a large number of caves, lush valleys and small rivers.. Areas of flat land can be found primarily in the northern coastal region as well as between massifs.. Equally restricted is the number of rivers.. The Geropotamos, or Avlopotamos from the mountainous area of Mylopotamos flows into the sea west of Panormo, and the Megalo Potamos flows into the lagoon at Preveli.. All the other rivers in the northern part of the prefecture are of minor importance and usually carry water during the winter period only.. Thus mountains and mountain ranges dominate the terrestrial morphology of the prefecture.. In the east Mount Ida, or Psiloritis, rises up.. With a height of 2456 m it is the highest peak of the island of Crete, its massif covering approximately 1/5 of the total territory of the prefecture.. The mountain range of Kedros (1777 m) rises southwest of Psiloritis.. Together the two massifs border the beautiful valley of Amari.. On the northeasterly border of the prefecture is Mount Kouloukounas, also called Talaia Mountain (1083 m), and south of the town of Rethymno is Mount Vrysinas (858 m).. Mount Kryoneritis (1312 m) lies south west of the town and is the most easterly peak in Crete’s second large massif, the White Mountains.. Due to the hot summers and the long periods of rainfall, which lasts from autumn almost to April, the climate can be characterised as temperate Mediterranean.. Temperatures range around 14 C in winter and 29 C in summer.. Furthermore, strong northerly and southerly winds play a significant role in this area with respect to meteorological phenomena.. Transportation.. To Rethymno.. You can travel to Rethymno either by choosing one of the many flights, which are scheduled daily to Chania and Heraklio, or alternatively take the boat from Piraeus port directly to Rethymno port.. Service is run on a daily basis.. The distance from the airports of Chania and Heraklio to Rethymno is 50km and 60km respectively.. The flight from Athens is 35 minutes.. The journey by boat from Piraeus to Rethymno lasts 10 hours.. From Rethymno.. For transportation within and beyond the border of the prefecture of Rethymno you may use the public transportation service.. Buses (KTEL) run on a daily basis.. Alternatively you can use a taxi or rent a car or motorbike.. Congress Tourism.. A large number of congresses are held each year in Rethymno.. The modern technology of the congress centres of the large hotels in combination with holidays in a location of particular natural beauty makes Rethymno the ideal destination for a successful congress or symposium.. At the same time public and municipal institutions such as the Music School Odeon and the exhibition hall of EOMMEX (Greek Organisation of Small and Medium Large Manufacturers of Handicraft), the artillery room on the Fortezza, which are all monuments of Venetian architecture, can be used as supplementary space for exhibitions as well as opening and closing ceremonies etc.. Finally, the exceptionally modern facilities of the University of Crete include a large number of rooms, ... St.. , where the blacksmiths and saddlers had their workshops in earlier times.. Following the road straight on we arrive at Ethnikis Antistaseos St.. and, looking to the right, we can see the Great Gate (Porta Guera), the point from which we started our tour.. The following tour starts at Ethnarchou Makariou St.. , at house numbers 5, 7, and 9, where we shall see parts of domed buildings, which represented the quarters of the rampart of Aghia Varvara, that is of the first fortification of the town of Rethymno.. Following the road further down we arrive at the square of Iroon, which has the monument to the Unknown Soldier in its centre.. From here we turn into Arkadiou St.. , one of the most important shopping centres of Rethymno.. The mosque Kara Mousa Pasa is situated at the corner of Arkadiou and Viktoras Ougo (Victor Hugo) St.. We continue down Arkadiou and stop at no.. 48 in order to admire the impressive doorframe of this Venetian mansion.. Further down we arrive at no.. 154, Rethymno’s most imposing Venetian mansion.. It boasts a magnificent facade as well as a distinctive doorframe.. Furthermore, No.. 12 Tsouderon St.. also displays a beautiful doorframe with Doric columns, an arch and triangles with curved sides, which are richly ornamented with motifs taken from nature.. At the crossroads of Tsouderon and Tsagri St.. we turn to the right, pass through the vaulted passage and turn right again into Arkadiou St.. At this point, that is at the intersection of Arkadiou and Chatzigrigoraki St.. , you will find an admirable Neoclassical mansion with three storeys.. We continue down Arkadiou St.. as far as Paleologou St.. , where the famous Venetian Loggia is found on the left hand corner.. From there we turn right into Petychaki St.. , which leads us to the beach promenade of E.. Venizelou.. Following the stone-paved promenade in a westerly direction you will come to the Venetian port.. Construction works started here in 1300, however they were delayed due to problems of sand being washed up.. The wall, which surrounds the port, is also of Venetian origin, whereas some extensions and the lighthouse were built during the Turkish occupation.. Activities.. Mountaineering - Walking.. Crete and particularly the prefecture of Rethymno invites the visitor to not only enjoy the sea and the infrastructure of organised tourist resorts, but also to explore the multifarious beauties of the countryside and the mountains, where he can come into closer contact with the every-day-life of the locals in the villages.. While you enjoy the landscape, which includes harsh and remote areas as well as lush green, cultivated areas, you will also come to know the mountains and gorges and the inhabitants of isolated and often almost deserted villages.. You will be given the opportunity to follow the trail of the history and the civilisation of the area at archaeological sites, historical monasteries, churches and settlements.. Furthermore, the grandeur of nature becomes obvious through the aromatic herbs and wild flowers, which grow prolifically on Crete.. The European Path E4, which starts at the Pyrenees and continues through Europe and Greece, runs through Crete from the village of Kasteli /Kisamos to the village of Zakros.. The adventurous visitor, who is attracted by mountaineering and walking, has the opportunity to follow this path through the Prefecture of Rethymno.. We would like to describe a few of the most distinctive and sensational walking tours below:.. Kallikratis - Argyroupoli: It will take you approximately 5 hours to cover the distance of 16 km.. Argyroupoli - Angouseliana: The distance of 23km can be covered in approximately 8 hours and is easy to walk.. Spili - Gerakari: The total length of this tour, which will lead you across Mount Kedros and therefore includes a few difficulties, is 18,5km, a distance which can be covered in approximately 8 hours.. Refuge of Toumpotos Prinos - Nida Plateau: The Refuge of Toumpotos Prinos can be reached either on foot starting from the village of Fourfouras (4 hours walk approximately) or by car starting from the village of Kouroutes.. The route to the Nida Plateau covers a distance of 14km and is fairly difficult due to the height.. Mountain Bike.. Rethymno provides one of the more interesting opportunities for tourists and locals to enjoy Cretan nature due to the fact that the countryside is only a small distance from the town and can be reached within a very short time.. Beautiful provincial roads leading through lush vegetation with aromatic herbs and wild flowers invite the aficionado of mountain biking to experience this unique landscape.. You can either participate in organised biking tours, where the routes are decided on, or you can rent a bike and choose an individual route of your own preference simply by following the map.. Water sports.. Rethymno is situated between two seas, the Cretan and the Libyan Sea.. This position has played an important role with regard to the development of a strong relationship between the locals and the sea.. Genuine islanders that they are, the people living in coastal villages at least, love the wet element, which has become part of their lives either professionally or as a hobby.. They became familiar with the secrets of the sea, which have been passed on from generation to generation, and have managed to combine entertainment and relaxation in this relationship.. The most obvious was to take advantage of the abundant possibilities of the sea and to develop various activities, which both the locals and the visitors, who also enjoy the sea, to take pleasure in.. Most of the organised beaches of Rethymno offer the opportunity of enjoying sensational activities such as water skiing, wind surfing, sea parachuting and many others.. One can also take part in diving excursions, which various diving centres offer, or take diving lessons and experience the unique underwater world of our seas.. Municipalities of the county of Rethymno.. Anogeia, Arkadi, Foinikas, Geropotamos, Kouloukonas, Kourites, Lampi, Lappas, Nikiforos Fokas, Rethymnon, Sivritos.. Photos from Rethymnon..
Title: Lassithi Descriptive info: Lassithi is one of the four superb prefectures that compose the renowned island of Crete.. Lassithi.. Information about Lassithi.. Photos of Lassithi.. Lassithi is a prefecture of Greece on the island of Crete.. It lies east of the prefecture of Heraklion.. Its capital is Agios Nikolaos, the other major tows are Ierapetra, Sitia and Neapoli.. The mountains includes the Dikte to the west and the Sitia mountains to the east.. To the east of the village of Elounda lies the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and a leper colony.. On the foot of Mount Dikti lies the Lassithi Plateau, famous for its windmills.. Vai is well-known for its datepalm forest.. Lassithi attracts many tourists.. Mass tourism is served by places like Vai, Agios Nikolaos and the island of Chrissi.. More off-beat tourism can be found in villages on the south coast like Myrtos, Makrys Gialos or Makrigialos, Xerokambos and Koutsouras.. The prefecture counts a lot of ancient remains.. Vasiliki, Fournu Korfi, Pyrgos, Zakros and Gournia are ruins of Minoan date, Lato and Itanos were Doric towns.. Weather and climate.. Lassithi, Crete is blessed with one of the best climates in Greece, and indeed Europe.. Lassithi is located at the southernmost point of the continent, yet offers pleasantly warm and dry summers and mild winters.. The fact that Crete, and therefore Lassithi, is an island means that cool and refreshing winds are able to reduce the effects of the hot Mediterranean sun, making it a comfortable holiday destination during both summer and winter.. The climate in the mountains and the seaside are very different.. Snow may fall on the peaks of Mt.. Dikti, while at the same time weather in Elounda, for example, may be fairly temperate.. From January to March, temperatures in Lassithi, Crete range on average from 12°C - 14°C.. Temperatures rise in April and May range from 17°C to 22°C.. Summer is when the weather in Lassithi really warms up.. June, July, August and September temperatures range from the mid to high 20s.. October, November and December remain quite warm, as temperatures range from the mid teens to the low 20s.. The Meltemi wind picks up in July and August, and visitors usually prefer sheltered beaches when the wind is especially strong.. Lassithi sights attractions.. While vacationing in the Lassithi Prefecture, Crete visitors are offered the unique opportunity of touring the exquisite historical and natural sights of the region.. If you are an archaeology aficionado, we recommend starting off with a visit to the very impressive archaeological sights of Ancient Itanos, which is located near the Palm Tree Forest of Vai, Ancient Driros that is situated near the town of Neapolis, and Ancient Praissos located south of Sitia.. In the town of Kato Zakros visitors can explore the splendid Minoan Palace.. Other wonderful ancient sights include the Doric City of Lato in Kritsa, the Post-Minoan settlements of Gournia and Markygialos, the Minoan settlement in Palekastro, the Pre-Minoan cities in Myrtos and Pachia Ammos, and the Ancient Ruins of Olous in Elounda, which are located just beneath the surface of the sea.. There are several impressive sights from the Venetian Era, such as the Kales Fortress in Ierapetra, and the Kazarma Fortress in Sitia.. If you truly want to get a glimpse of genuine Cretan lifestyle, we suggest touring the small traditional villages in the Lassithi mountainside.. For the religious buffs, ecclesiastical art lovers and museum enthusiasts, the prefecture of Lassithi Greece does not disappoint.. Start off by procuring a map of Agios Nikolaos in order to tour the capital city.. Your first stop should be the Byzantine Church of Agios Nikolaos, from which the town took its name.. Afterwards visit the town's superb Archaeological and Folklore Museums.. Next, pop over to Sitia, where you can visit the Toplou Monastery, which is one of the most famous sights in the Lassithi Prefecture, Crete, known for its amazing icons and frescos.. Sitia and Ierapetra also have excellent Archaeological and Folklore Museums.. Some of the finest natural sights in Crete are located in Lassithi.. The most pre-eminent of all is the the Palm Tree Forest of Vai, which is unique in Europe.. For those who consider themselves something of an amateur speleologist, we recommend visiting the Diktao Andro Cave on the Lassithi Plateau and the cave in Milatos, which ... Sitia, Elounda, and Ierapetra, including a very good selection of clubs, bars and cafes, although most seaside settlements also offer a number of entertainment venues.. In Lassithi there are traditional tavernas and restaurants everywhere, from the smallest village to the most popular resort, so visitors will find hundreds of place to eat in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, as well as elsewhere in the prefecture.. As Crete is especially well-known for its cuisine, we recommend trying some of the most popular dishes at Lassithi restaurants, such as potatoes oftes fried with the peel, choclious traditionally-cooked escargot, baked eggplant, dakos vinegar water-soaked barley rusk with chopped tomato and feta cheese, raisin bread, olive bread, fresh seafood, and staka cheese, which is served either by itself or integrated into a dish.. For dessert you may try the kaltsounia sweet cheese pastries and after, clean you palate with a small glass of raki, the traditional alcoholic drink of Crete that will make you hair stand on end!.. Many traditional events are held in Lassithi, Crete, offering visitors a chance to experience local customs and celebrations.. In Agios Nikolaos, during Easter, there is the celebration of the Resurrection and the Burning of Judas in Agios Nikolaos Port.. Other Agios Nikolaos celebrations include the Lato cultural events during the summer and the festival of Agios Nikolaos Church on December 6.. In Elounda, Crete you can participate in the summer cultural events and fish night in July, while in Ierapetra we suggest attending the Kyrveia cultural performances.. Dance nights take place on the Lassithi Mountain Range in the summertime.. Gournia Village holds a celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary on August 15 in the Monastery of Faneromeni.. There is also a Monastery of Faneromeni in Sitia, where they too hold a celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary on August 15.. In July and August you can see the cultural events of Kornareia at the Sitia Port and the Kazarma Fortress, while the Soultanina Celebration is a five-day event that also takes place in Sitia, Lassithi.. For more information about Lassithi events and their dates, ask your hotel or travel agency in Crete.. Ferries flights.. Travelling to the Lassithi Prefecture, Crete is easy and quite convenient throughout the year, as Crete is a wonderful summer and winter holiday destination.. Flights and boat trips to Lassithi are a bit more frequent during the peak tourist summer months.. There are direct flights to Sitia Airport in Crete from Athens Airport and Thessaloniki Airport, as well as Preveza Airport in Epirus and Alexandroupolis Airport in Northern Greece.. Try to book your airplane tickets well in advance in order to secure a flight on the date of your choice, as well as the lowest price possible.. Ferries to Agios Nikolaos Port depart daily from Athens Piraeus Port.. All ferries to Lassithi, Crete are comfortable, spacious and offer cabins for those who want to take a nap on the way.. Agios Nikolaos is also connected by ferry boats to Rhodes, Karpathos, Kasos and Chalki in the Dodecanese, and Milos Island in the Cyclades.. Again, book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during the summer months when the island is busy with tourists.. Boat fares to Lassithi, Crete fluctuate, depending on when you are travelling and the class of the ticket.. The windmills of Lassithi.. It is the most significant group of windmills preserved on Crete.. It occupies the northern entrance to the Lassithi plateau and is the landmark of the whole area.. Today 24 windmills are preserved out of the original 26, 7 of which extend to the south of the road that enters the plateau while the rest are built to the north of it.. All the mills belong to the one-sided type of windmill, that grinds in a standard position, always on the same direction of the wind.. Windmills of this type are preserved on Crete and on Carpathos but the Cretan ones are generally more carefully built and more elegant.. The group of windmills has been declared a work of art since 1986.. The mills belong to individuals and some of them have been restored while others still remain half-ruined.. Two of the twenty-four windmills have been restored by their owners.. Municipalities of the county of Lassithi.. Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Itanos, Lefki, Makrigialos, Neapoli, Oropedio Lassithiou, Siteia.. Photos from Lassithi..