In Crete — the biggest of all the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean — epic, world-famous history is all around you. Crete’s extraordinary landscape became the centre of Minoan civilization, the people responsible for building the ÿrst palaces in Europe.Crete is a cauldron of creativity, both ancient and modern. Here, ancient frescoes, imposing fortresses and fascinating Greek mythology sit side by side with pretty fishing villages, bustling shopping thoroughfares, cosmopolitan cafés and vibrant nightlife. Crete also has its own distinctive Mantinades poetry and Mantinades-based folk music and is known for its many indigenous dances, including the famous Pentozali.To help sightseers make the most of their stay, Daios Cove can arrange tailor-made excursions upon request: to see the archaeological site at Knossos Palace or the spectacular island of Spinalonga, for instance — plus sailing or catamaran trips exploring the northern coastline.
Crete has it all
Crete has so much to offer. The sandy beaches along the coastline are a perfect way to spend a chilled afternoon, enjoying the sun and a swim in their crystal blue waters. And for the adventurous tourists, Crete is the ideal place. The walking path E4 passes from the mountains of Crete, which along with its several gorges offer unique trekking and hiking experiences, making the island a perfect holiday destination throughout the year.
The Cities of Crete
There are four large cities-ports in Crete, Chania, Rethimnon, Heraklion and AgiosNikolaos, where the majority of the inhabitants live. The rest of the population is located in the smaller towns and scattered fishing villages. The four cities are all beautiful, with tourist attractions and shopping centers, and could be your base for excursions around the island.
Crete still retains plenty of local cultural traits, such as its own music and dialect, as well as the wonderful Cretan cuisine. Enjoy your dinner in a traditional tavern by the sea, tasting local delights, such as ntakos salad, ofto meat and apaki, with a glass of raki and a plate of different types of cheese.