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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.

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

Olive tree of Vouves Crete
Cretan olive tree 3,000 year old

Plenty of Greek villages lay claim to ancient olive trees, some dating back thousands of years. But the village of Ano Vouves in West Crete claim to the oldest olive tree in the world.

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.

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.

crete red tulips
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.

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 . . .

elafonissi
Crete's top hideaway

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'.

World Tourism Day
Crete tourism

Those making a late season holiday booking to Crete 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.

Chania airport Crete
Chania airport

Holiday visitors flying into west Crete'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.

crete crocodile
Crete croc gets Christmas treat

Crete's notorious crocodile looks likely to be tucking into a Christmas dinner treat this year thanks to some local fans. Local villagers are determined to serve up a Christmas piglet..

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 . . .

Cretan Diet Festival 2013
Crete festival

Regular holiday visitors to Crete will know of the RethymnonWine 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.

Minnewaska III
Crete scuba divers

Scuba diving in Crete 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.

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.

Falasarna Crete
Crete couple

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 . . .

Large Blue Alkanet
Crete flowers

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 . . .

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