Greek Island Summer Vacations In 2010 - Crete
If you're wondering where to holiday this year, the beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains and friendly local people make Crete the perfect holiday
destination. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 160 miles long and 35 miles across at its
widest point. Candia (the Italian name for Crete) is divided into four main sections: Chania, Heraklion, Lasithi and Rethymno. Each of these
providences have something unique to offer hoildaymakers.
The Four Providences of Crete
Chania is a modern city with a variety of old venetian homes. Located on the western end of the island, it has waterfront restaurants, museums,
churches, craft shops and a host of cafes to choose from.
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the biggest city on the island. This city houses the International airport and is the economic center of the island
with museums, architectural sites, gorges, landscapes, beaches and small villages. There are unique shops and a Saturday market
Lasithi is the city on the eastern corner of the island, just east of Heraklion. Lasithi is home to a port, resorts, a plateau, windmills, the Cave of Psychro
and sandy beaches. It boasts vineyards, olive trees and citrus trees due to its relatively warm year-round climate.
Rethymno is a city that is divided by the old and new towns. The Venetian fortress overlooks the town. It also features a harbor and waterfront, cafes,
archaeological museums and a historic area.
Getting around Crete
Though taxis are available in Crete, walking and hiking are probably the best way to tour the island. A walking tour allows holidaymakers a wonderful
sightseeing experience. Aside from the sprawling beaches, tourists will see snow-capped mountains, vast seas, small villages, gorges, caves, flora
It's all about the food in Greece. Holidaymakers can look forward to some of the best Greek food in Crete. Restaurants serve authentic Greek food,
which is simple, but