The Cradle Of the Minoan Civilization

In Crete, the southern and the largest of the Greek islands, is always blue sky and bright sun. Unique weather conditions, magnificent landscapes, sandy beaches in combination with the ancient history and Cretan hospitality of locals make Crete an idyllic place for holidays.


Almost 3000 years, the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization remained untouched, and only at the beginning of the XX century, during the excavations, the ruins of the great Minoan palaces in Knossos, Festa, Malia and Zakros were discovered. The magnificence of the ancient buildings testifies to the development and artistic imagination of the creators of the Minoan civilization, now considered to be the sources of all European culture in general.

The island constantly was ruled by different foreign empires. Romans, Byzantines and Venetians were here, and have left traces in impressive fortresses, such as Frangokastello, and elegant buildings in Rethymno and Chania. The Ottomans, who arrived here at the end of the 17th century, began religious persecutions, which motivated the Cretans’ aspiration for independence. In 1913 Eleftherios Venizelos finally turned Crete into the province of independent Greece.

The northern coast of Crete, where located the historical cities – Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos, is well developed with tourism for every taste. Here you can find wide range of accommodation, from luxury upscale resorts to small hotels and apartments. The coastline of the south is less busy with tourism but here is most spectacular natural beauty.


  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archeological Museum
  • Phaestos Minoan Palace
  • Arkadiou Monastery
  • Palace Of Malia
  • Koules Fortress In Heraklion
  • Venetian Harbour In Chania
  • Fortezza Fortress  In Rethymno
  • Venetian Harbour In Rethymno
  • Spinalonga Island
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Frangokastello Fortress
  • Elafonissi Beach
  • Vai Beach
  • Matala
  • Gramvousa Islet

Beautiful Chania Harbour

The Beautiful Chania Harbour