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.
A piglet may be a tasty Christmas treat for Sifis but officials are now concerned that the Cretan croc doesn't get a taste for humans during the Epiphany celebrations planned after Christmas.
The latest Crete video campaign is launched under the motto 'Crete — the island inside you' and features six short videos highlighting the attractions of Crete as an international holiday destination.
All efforts to trap the elusive crocodile have failed and the creature has turned into something of a celebrity on Crete who now has his own Facebook page and a bunch of favourite followers.
Fans of Platanias Football Club, near Chania in western Crete, were told to stay clear of the ground despite the team players turning out for a friendly match as the stadium was full of wasp nests.
Nearly 10,000 Cretans from all over the island turned up to a protest rally against the plans to dump Syria's chemical weapons in the Mediterranean Sea so close to the island of Crete.
Environmental groups are troubled by strandings of whales on Crete beaches which they fear may have been caused by NATO naval exercises being held in the Mediterranean.
The astonishing white sands at the remote beach of Elafonisi on the west coast of Crete are ranked fifth best in Europe in a survey of holidaymakers' choice of 'best beaches'.
The Crete resort city of Rethymnon kicks off the holiday season this year with its 100th street carnival over the three weeks leading up to Lent with colourful parades and street parties.
Holiday travel videos promoting the delights of a holiday in Chania in Crete are picking up a clutch of prestigious awards. The tourist video promo was inspired by the classic film Zorba the Greek
Summer walkers just can't seem to get enough of the spectacular in south-west Crete The number walking the 16 kilometre Samaria Gorge jumped 25% in August
Those making a late season can cash in on free events to celebrate World Tourism Day. A host of free events, from museum visits to concerts are planned for the end of September.
Holiday visitors 's airport at Chania face late season disruption as work starts on a multi million euro upgrade. Work started in July on a major upgrade to facilities at Chania and is expected to last until December 2015.
BBC travel writers have voted the remote west Crete beach of Elafonisi as one of the top five 'undiscovered' beaches of Europe. Travel editors included the Crete beach in its list of the most beautiful 'secret hideaways'.
Regular holiday visitors to Crete will know of the Rethymnon Wine Festival which has been a big tourist draw for years. This July however it goes under a new name of the Rethymnon Cretan Diet Festival.
is a popular holiday adventure and there are a growing number of diving centres on this large Greek island. Now the Divers' Club of Crete claims to have discovered the underwater wreck of the former cruise ship Minnewaska III in the waters of Souda Bay.
Wildfires have been extinguished in West Crete but only after high winds fanned flames and threatened the popular Crete holiday resort of Plakias. The first fire broke out on the Mesara Plain in southwest Crete near the beach of Kokkinos Pyrgo
People on have been a little shaken up over the past few days. Tremors have been reported across the holiday island after a large offshore quake was reported in mid June. Holidaymakers have felt daily aftershocks.
Delightful as it is, it's sometimes nice to take a break from the beach when on holiday in west Crete. Holiday visitors around Chania later this month can enjoy the Apokoronas Arts Festival which runs from May 18th to June 1st.
The warm spring weather has not only brought early holidaymakers pouring onto Crete beaches but it has attracted botanists too. Each year around Easter, the island's rare tulips burst into bloom.
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.