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Crete island news and views

The Greek island of Crete, or Kriti, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean with most of its people living on the north coast. Magnificent mountain ranges form the backbone of this very popular holiday island. Most of eastern Crete is dominated by cheap holiday package complexes while western Crete has a wilder coastline, fewer crowds, and more sedate beach resorts. The mountains split north and south too, with the south much quieter and with fewer holidays resorts.

Knossos site on Crete

The Greek island of Crete is pressing for one of its most important archaeological sites to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Holiday visitors to Crete flock in their thousands to see the unique Crete site at Knossos.

Flowers of Crete

Holiday visitors to Crete are invited to join a residential botanical workshop in a hillside village near Paleochora. The 10-day workshop in western Crete, led by Jenny Neal and Julia Jones, runs from April 23 to May 3.

Flowers of Crete

Anyone who has enjoyed a holiday in Crete will know that the countryside is awash with wild flowers in early spring. Crete boasts some 1,500 species of flowers and orchids with over 150 that are native to Crete.

Hotel Aquila Elounda Crete

Crete is home what is rapidly becoming known as the Greek Riviera. This portion of coast, located on the North Eastern side of the island is home to a growing number of luxury hotels and resorts that are quickly becoming popular with discerning tourists.

Elafonissi is like a piece of paradise

Crete is such a large island that Crete car hire with Argus is a must. Bear in mind that Crete has so many beautiful and interesting sights to see that a single visit will probably not be enough. The following list of must-see sights should be on . . .

Cavo Sidero peninsula on Crete

The Cavo Sidero peninsula is in a spectacular location extending into the Mediterranean from the north east coast of Crete. Now a controversial plan to build a luxury resort complex on the site has been fast-tracked by the Greek government despite protest ...

Cretan Lines runs ferries from Crete

Cretan Lines are hoping the new service catches on with those enjoying a holiday in Crete. This is not the best time to be launching a new Greek Island ferry service and the company is urging local people and holiday visitors to use the . . .

Wildfire outbreaks across Greek Islands

It's that time of year again and wildfires have broken out all over the Greek Islands with the biggest outbreaks on the islands of Rhodes, Hydra, Zakynthos, and Crete near Chania. A state of emergency has been declared on Rhodes . . .

Agricultural August 2012

The Cretan diet has long been recognised for its healthy properties and very best of Crete food products have been on show in Chania this August. Visitors on a Crete island holiday have had a chance to visit the Agricultural August show

Beach party festival at Matala

A popular holiday resort on the island of Crete is to stage a three-day music festival to recall it's 'hippy' past. The beach caves at Matala were a favourite haunt of hippies in the 1960s and 1970s. The three-day festival has triggered a sharp rise in bookings . . .

Fine art prints using a flatbed scanner

Many visitors on Crete holidays will all too aware of the island of Crete's natural beauty and prolific richness of its flowers. Now visitors have a chance to combine a Crete holiday with an art course that marry photography with computer scanning . . .

Flowers of Crete calendar

Those lucky enough to go on a holiday to Crete this year will, no doubt, be cherishing the memories of the wonderful Cretan landscape. Now you and your friends can relive the memories at home with the Flowers of Crete Orchid Calendar 2012 . . .

Stavros beach at Akrotiri, Crete

Visitors to the Crete island holiday resort of Stavros on the Akrotiri peninsula soon learn of its strong links with the hit Greek movie of 'Zorba the Greek'. Much of the movie was filmed on Akrotiri, Crete, both on the holiday beaches . . .

Crete Botanical Park

If beach lovers on a beach holiday in Crete fancy a change of scenery they should take a stroll around the Botanical Park near the village of Skourdalou on the north coast. The 20 hectare park lies just off the national road, about 20km from Chania . . .

Grilled sardines at festival

Holiday visitors to Crete island will find sardines on the menu when the 17th Sardine Festival gets under way in Chania this week Grilled sardines are served up for free on the beach of Nea Chora on Monday, September 5 along with Cretan wine . . .

Melina Mercouri

A theatre on the Greek holiday island of Crete is to pay tribute to the Greek actress Melina Mercouri with a photo exhibition. Visitors on holiday in Crete can visit the free exhibition staged at the Municipal Theatre of Crete in Hania . . .

Crete tree bears five fruit

An amateur Crete gardener claims to have a tree that can grow five kinds of fruit on the same plant. Civil engineer Manolis Iliakis says the tree produces tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, wild amaranth as well as potatoes in his garden near Rethymnon, Crete . . .

Falasarna Crete

Holidaymakers out walking in Crete have been warned to take proper precautions against getting lost on remote island paths. The call comes after two missing tourists were found safe and well in a remote area of Crete after police were called . . .

Malia beach on Crete

Four British tourists have been arrested in Crete for passing fake €50 notes, while two more men have been charged with indecent exposure. Four men, all aged about 21, were found using counterfeit notes while on holiday . . .

Crete museum at Askifou

Visitors to western Crete often head into the mountains that form a majestic backdrop to resorts along coasts, both north and south where Askinou has a private war museum.

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