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Iraklio, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, Chania, Chersonissos


Crete is Greece's largest island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. Tourist Crete is also the most important island of Greece with about 1000 km of coastline. The island of Crete impresses with its incredible diversity. Beautiful bathing beaches, unique evidence of lost cultures, remains of Venetian architecture, fertile plains, high mountains and deep valleys make Crete a popular and varied holiday destination. Arrival by plane several times a week from Germany and Austria or via Athens and Rhodes. Ferry connection z. B. between Piraeus, Rhodes and the Cyclades.

Heraklion or Iraklio is the capital of the island of Crete. This is where the ferries from Piraeus arrive, and there are some good restaurants and, like everywhere in Heraklion, too few parking spaces. Airfields are once directly at Iraklion and also north of Chania. From 2018, 3 Condor flights will also land in Sitia weekly. Since Crete is stretched very long, each arrival should plan where he books the hotel. If you have to check in in the morning in Chania, you have to cross the whole island from Agios Nikolaos and you have to get up early. Rethymnon is easily accessible from both airports, the tourist centers around Hersonissos, Stalida and Malia very well from Heraklion Airport.

Crete is divided into four prefectures, which in turn have their own capitals: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and the prefecture of Lasithi with Agios Nikolaos. On the Greek Mediterranean island live about 625,000 inhabitants, of which in Iraklio about 175,000. Crete's highest mountain is the Psiloritis at 2456 m; almost as high are the White Mountains, which take their name in the winter, because they are snow-covered for a long time. Snow means fertility of water and water, from which vegetable and fruit growing areas in the plateaus of Lasithi, Omalos and Nithi thrive.

The limestone sandstone ranges are crossed by deep north-south gorges, of which the gorge of Samaria is the best known. You can walk through it in 7 hours, which is also done by numerous tourists. Many other gorges are largely untouched, preserving the rich botanical heritage of Crete. Near Matala, in a hidden village, there is an herb shop that sells teas such as Cistus Creticus, for which healing powers are said. In the morning, when the moisture rises, the herbs smell intense. Just break the ride through the mountains and sniff

The mild, healthy climate is Crete's greatest treasure. Snow falls only in the mountains, in the lowlands rain falls. In summer it is dry and hot, but at the sea by the light wind always bearable. The southern part of the Libyan Sea is still a little hotter.

In the national park of Samaria still lives the Cretan wild goat, which was once considered a sacred animal. Other wild inhabitants of Crete are marten, badger, weasel, wild cat and a worldwide unique mouse species with spines. The air is populated by lamb vultures and golden eagles as well as numerous wintering migratory birds.

Agios Nikolaos, well-known, cozy and very popular resort in the bay of Mirabello with a beautiful harbor, an inviting promenade with nice cafes, restaurants and a small bay.

Chania, one of the most beautiful places in Crete. Chania has retained much of its charm. Lovingly maintained old houses and an impressive old town with a medieval harbor invite you to stroll and linger.

Hersonissos, emerging resort with a promenade with cafes and taverns. In the evening you can plunge into the nightlife. Good swimming.

Elounda, in the beautiful bay of Mirabello, with well-kept sand / pebble beach and some cozy tavernas, bars and restaurants. Upstream is the former leprosy island Spinalonga, which is a very popular destination and can be reached several times a day by boat.

Mochlos, small, quiet resort with an offshore "Minoan island" and the Club Aldiana with e-biking - Video fishing village Mochlos

Paleochora, ancient city due to the ancient settlement of Kalamidi, located in the southwest of Crete on the sunniest point of the Greek island, was discovered as a tourist destination after Matala in the early 70s.

Rethymnon, one of the largest tourist resorts in Crete, which has preserved its cosiness over the years. Beautiful beaches, the harbor with promenade, the inviting old town and a Venetian fortress make this place attractive for a pleasant holiday.

The Government of Greece has decided to charge a tourist tax (residence tax) for stays from 01.01.2018. This residence tax is payable by each guest directly at the tourist accommodation and depends on the type and category of the tourist accommodation and the length of stay. The amount is between 0,50 EUR and 4,00 EUR per room / apartment and night. Please note that the national category is decisive for the calculation of the residence tax.



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