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Crete simply has it all !


Crete is the largest island in Greece,
and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, the visitor can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover!

 

Crete is divided in to four prefectures.

 

Chania
The region of Chania (Haniá), on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains (in Greek: Lefká Óri) and its famous National Park, which occupy the largest part of the region.The Prefecture of Chania provides tourist services and activities of all kinds, satisfying all the choices.
The city of Chania maintains unaltered all of its characteristics, from the time of the Venetian Rule up until today.

 

Rethymno
Rethymno (Réthymno) region: Crete's smallest prefecture located between White Mountains and Mt Psilorítis (also called “Ídi”), is synonymous with gorgeous mountainscapes, marvellous beaches, Cretan lyre melodies, tsikoudiá spirit served with “oftó”, legendary caves, historic monasteries and monuments, traditional mountain villages and luxurious holiday resorts. Feel the essence of Mythical Crete in this mountainous, remote and self-sufficient region of the island of Crete.

 

Heraklion
The largest and most densely populated region on the island of Crete is Heraklion (Iráklion). Nestling picturesquely among two imposing mountain ranges – Ídi (Mt Psiloritis) to the west and Dikti (Lasithiótika mountains) to the east– Iráklion boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a series of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards as well as the best organised tourist infrastructure in Crete. A unique combination of urban scenery and natural wealth makes the region of Iráklion an appealing all-year-round destination.

 

Lasithi
Lasithi (Lassíthi) region. Welcome to the easternmost and least mountainous region of Crete, where the population resides in four semi-urban centers: Áyios Nikólaos, Ierápetra, Sitía and Neápoli. The mythical palm tree forest of Váï, the Gulf of Mirabello, the windmills on the Plateau of Lassíthi (the largest in Crete), beaches lapped by crystalline water, beautiful cities and luxurious hotel resorts all make up a rather fascinating world.


Chinese couples, welcomed with Cretan music, exchange vows at Hania.

Sixteen Chinese couples from Shanghai were married in Koules Fort, among the most historical monuments in the city of Hania, located near the archaeological site of Aptera that overlooks Souda Bay, on the Aegean island of Crete.
 
With the deep blue of the Sea of Crete as a background, the ceremony was simple but very impressive. Cretans wearing local costumes welcomed the couples at the main gate of the fortress under the sounds of the musical instruments of lyre and lute and showered them with flowers and rice in the Greek wedding tradition.
 
The ceremony, that was videotaped to be screened
in China, was attended by Chinese and local authorities and was concluded with gift exchanges.