Crete

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About

One of the larger islands of Greece, it was an independent state up until 1913 when it formally joined Greece. Outside the port-town of Heraklion (Iraklion) there are many beautiful beaches to be enjoyed, along with plenty of fresh seafood.

One of the earliest human civilisations once resided here, among greener landscapes of the time. The Minoans have certainly left some interesting ruins for modern day discovery. Several historic influences remain in the city, including a fair number of Venetian landmarks. Among the most visible if arriving by sea, the Venetian Fortress at the port or the Morosini Fountain in the city's centre.

Getting there

By air

Crete has a number of regional airports for inter-island or regional air traffic. There is an IATA listed airport on the island's east side, Sitia (JSH). The completion of a new airport at Heraklion is set for 2023, the Kastelli International Airport should replace the existing strip for air service.

By land

Depending on the ultimate destination, consider private vehicle hire or rental. Crete is a very large island. Note that rentals require an international driver's licence including appropriate endorsements.

By sea

Two of the more popular cruise ports in Crete (Kriti) include Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete's largest city, and Chania, Crete's second largest.

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