Walking the south west coast of Crete, Greece


Adventure Holidays to Crete

Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, is located in the eastern Mediterranean. It defines the southernmost tip of Europe and is roughly equidistant between the European mainland, Africa and Asia. Its dramatic landscape includes 650 miles of spectacular coastline and a central spine of imposing mountain ranges rising over 8,000 feet. A patchwork of olive groves and vineyards links picturesque villages dotted throughout the island. It has an attractive Mediterranean climate and a proud, resilient populace.

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The island has a vivid history dating back over 5,000 years from Neolithic times, but is most well known for the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans. A succession of colonial rulers – Dorians, Romans, Arabs, Venetians and Turks – have contributed a diverse cultural legacy visible today in the architecture and artefacts of daily life left scattered throughout the island.

Crete has more endemic plants than can be found on any other island in Europe. Springtime brings a profusion of wild flowers and the scent of herbs. In early autumn the sunshine casts a golden glow over all the land and signals the time for harvesting of the vines. Birdlife is plentiful and magnificent bearded-vultures, called Lammergeiers, and Golden Eagles, are often seen riding the thermal breezes which rise from the sea.

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