Walking the south west coast of Crete, Greece

Crete

Adventure Holidays to Crete

With 650 miles of spectacular coastline, Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands. Its dramatic landscape includes a central spine of imposing mountain ranges rising over 8,000 feet. Elsewhere a patchwork of olive groves and vineyards links the island's picturesque villages. Here there's a vivid history dating back over 5,000 years, but is most well known for the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans. Located at the southern most tip of Europe, 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 and 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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