Get to know Crete

Read about Cretes geography, climate, history, sights and more

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Sights & Adventures for Everyone

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and it is impossible in these few pages to give you more than a glimpse of all that it has to offer its' visitors.
We have gathered some general information about the nature, culture and history of Crete and described a few of the sights and activities that are relatively easy to reach by car from Villa Talea.
Also, we've included some descriptions of nearby beaches, restaurants and tavernas. Finally, we have included descriptions of various different activities such as hiking, boat trips, wine tasting, golf and more. Things which you may consider during you holiday in Crete.

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A few basic Facts about Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island and (apart from the small island Gavdos) the southernmost part of Europe. It is a very popular holiday destination catering for more than two million visitors (more than 22% of all international arrivals in Greece) every year.

Land area:

Crete is 260 km (160 miles) long and between 12 and 56 km (7,5 - 35 miles) wide. The island covers an area of 8.260 sq km (3.190 sq mi).

Population and main cities in Crete:

The population of Crete is 623.666 (2005 census) which is around 5% of the total population of Greece, which is 10.665.989 (2003 census). Approximately 42% live in Crete's main cities. On the north coast Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete (130,914 inhabitants), second is Chania (53,373 inhabitants), and third Rethymnon (27,868 inhabitants). Other major cities on the north coast are Agios Nikolaos (19,462 inhabitants) and Sitia (14,338 inhabitants). On the south coast the largest town is Ierapetra (23,707 inhabitants). (2001 census).


Euro has been the currency of Greece since 2002 - before it was the Drachma.


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