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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.

widlfire fire
Crete wildfires

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

Balos beach on Crete
Crete tremors

People on holiday in Crete 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.

apokoranas arts festival
Crete arts festival

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.

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Crete attracts tulip lovers

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.

Knossos site on Crete
Crete heritage bid

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
Crete workshops

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
Crete flower

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 hotels

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
Things to do on Crete

When taking a holiday in Crete, there are places that cry out for a visit. Crete is one of the most popular Greek islands but it is such a large island that Crete car hire with Argus is a must. Bear in mind that Crete has so many . . .

Cavo Sidero peninsula on Crete
Crete holiday complex

Plans to build a luxury resort complex on the Greek holiday island of Crete or Kriti has been fast-tracked by the Greek government. UK-based company Minoan Group wants to build a €300 million holiday complex on the Cavo Sidero peninsula ...

Agricultural August 2012
Healthy Cretan diet

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
Crete beach festival

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
Crete fine art

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
Orchids on 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
Crete culture plan

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
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 . . .

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