The question often comes up: is independent of Crete, or Greek? The reality can be misleading: with its insular nature and traditions are rooted in Crete a very specific entity, but also making an integral part of Greece. An island certainly, but any other dimension the confetti Aegean, Crete is imposing, like the mountains that divide the east and west peaks that look deep down in the deep blue of the Mediterranean . Cretan landscapes themselves are also at hand! Crete is about 260 km long, 60 km wide on average, with peak heights over 2,400 meters. this does not facilitate a quick visit: Time is needed to discover Crete, short breaks will come away frustrated: you have been warned. The island is divided into four regions, from east to west, Lassithi, Heraklion, Rethymnon and Chania. '' Closing '' Aegean Sea to the north, bathed in Crete Libyan Sea south: both sides which oppose each other. The north where concentrated cities, tourist resorts and activities of the island, south, less accessible, more protected, relying on its coastal villages. In between, traditional mountain villages, hiking trails, natural sites and archaeological remains. History of Crete: culture and traditions Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization, the island demonstrates their achievements through the palace ruins, tombs and sacred sites that can be found in several places of island (including the palace of Knossos). The wild goat is also a species under protection, it is emblematic of Crete. These flourished on this island from 2700 BC. JC, before declining and disappearing towards -1200, theoretically after the terrible eruption of Santorini, a little further north. The Minoans were later replaced by the Mycenaeans of the Greek mainland. The island was occupied over the centuries by the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian, the latter in particular managed to convey their knowledge and raf

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