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.
Holiday visitors to one of Crete's most spectacular beaches are to be asked to pay to see it. Officials have imposed a one euro entry fee for those who want to reach the lagoon of Balos.
Fears for the future of the famous palm forest of Preveli, destroyed by fire in 2010, are greatly exaggerated according to a top Greek countryside expert.
It may already be May but this year's new Flowers of Crete calendar still makes a fine addition to my collection of Greek Island treasures. This year's 2011 calendar is called 'Favourite Flowers of Crete' and a quick glance inside will tell you why . . .
Marilyn Monroe may not have had much to do with the holiday island of Crete but she takes centre stage at an art exhibition that runs throughout the summer season. 'Marilyn in the Arts' exhibition consists of more than 150 art works . . .
As a regular rambler I always look forward to taking a well-earned a holiday in the Greek Islands)when I can roam the hills and take myself off on some of the splendid walking trails.
Just added a section on the Crete hamlet of Anopoli on my Crete beaches) page of Greek Island Holidays. The village is located in Sfakia is in the south-west of Crete.
Since the 1960s, Greece and the Greek Islands have set the scene for any number of international and Hollywood movies that helped put Greece on the holiday map.