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Laying at the point where the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa meet, Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, crossed by imposing mountain-ranges, strewn with awe-inspiring gorges, featuring thousands of caves and above all blessed with probably the mildest climate in Europe. The birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the soul of Crete has remained unaltered, the essence of life consistent, offering unprecedented experiences to visitors who will come in contact with the proud spirit of the locals and be treated to a shot of "tsikoudia" at the village square. From there on to abrupt seashores and isolated small coves, high mountain peaks, tiny chapels, maze-like gorges, humid caves, unforgettable sunsets. the discovery of the "early poetry in one's life".
Crete is home to a rich variety of flora that contain over a hundred species of wild flowers and herbs, unique to the island. Equally as varied as the flora, the Cretan fauna includes the unique Cretan wild goat, the "agrimi" or "kri-kri", found on the Lefka Ori mountain range, as well as a wide variety of mammals, lizards, snakes and an extensive bird-life. The Cretan countryside is full of traces of the civilizations that flourished here. In addition to the Minoan monuments, one can see Hellenistic and Roman ruins, Byzantine churches and monasteries. Venetian castles and garrisons.
Many traditions are preserved in the villages of Crete, such as the Cretan wedding and baptism, both lasting for days with dancing and eating, drinking, all part of the celebration. Grape-gathering, wine-making and tsikoudia-making are autumn activities, where the grapes are crushed at the village distilleries by the locals who, while waiting their turn to run or jump on the grapes, celebrate the event with more food and wine.
For travelers who wish to combine top quality services with the discovery of a different experience, the opportunity for escapades presented in the varied and untamed landscape of the island is unique throughout the year. Wandering in the countryside, fascinating sports, magnificent sights. archaeological monuments, the tasty products of the Cretan land and the culinary secrets of the locals that comprise a complete, healthy and unique diet, will bring oblivion for one's homeland, as it happened to Ulysses thousands of years ago.
Today, Crete has a plethora of projects under construction funded by the Prefectural Business Program. and is creating a new image in every sector.
Crete utilizes the Olympic Games' heritage, the new private business investments, the new forms of tourism (congress), as well as its traditional advantages (mild climate, strong geographical morphology of extreme beauty), and turns into a great place beyond an ideal destination for summer tourism; a magnificent place for hosting all kinds of activities, such as athletic events, preparation of athletes and teams, congresses and meetings, trekking. While leaving Crete, visitors will only have a wish: to return soon and continue exploring this magnificent island which, after a 4,ooo-year-long civilization, seems to still be unexplored.