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Identity card:
  • largest city Heraklion

  • Country Greece

  • Population 621 340 hab. (2012)

  • Language : modern Greek

  • Religion : Orthodox Christians

    Express entries:
    • Visa No, national identity card or valid passport is sufficient for a holiday in Greece.

    • Passport No, national map of sufficient identity to a European national.

      • Currency Euro

      • Payment Cards Credit cards are accepted only by the large chain store and some hotels. For the liquid you will find some ATMs everywhere.

      • Budget stay 1 Week 250/600 euros

      • Restaurants
        Cheap : less than 10 € / person
        Average .: 10-15 € / person
        Premium . more than 25 € / person.

      • accommodation
        Cheap : less than 20 € / night
        Average : 30 -40 € / night
        Premium : more than 80 € / night


        How to get there?

        • By Air: . The Nikos Kazantzakis Heraklion International Airport is the main airport Cretan. To get to Crete you can from Paris, Bordeaux, Brest, Deauville, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Mulhouse and Nantes. There are also many flights to Chania . The main flying Heraklion are: Air Mediterranean, Olympic Airlines, Air Berlin, Arkefly, Condor, easyJet, GermanWings, Jet2, Jetairfly. Expect to pay about 250 euros for a round-trip Paris-Heraklion and 4 flight hours. It is also possible to go through Athens and take a ferry from Piraeus towards Crete. Everything depends on the time of year and the price of air tickets, well study the different options.

        • By Ferry: It is possible to go to Crete by ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens, but also from Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Santorini and Gytheio (Peloponnese) (some connections are made only in summer).

          On site:

        • Car : Crete is a mountainous island, roads are often very winding. Beware of goats on the road and the conduct of certain Greek who consider themselves on an F1 circuit.

        • Bus : The bus is the main means of transport in Crete, the KTEL private bus company serves almost all towns and villages. The buses are reliable, comfortable and punctual.

        • Ferry: ferries serving ports southwest of Crete and the island of Gavdos, a daily shuttle is Paleochora, Sougia, Sfakia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Gavdos.

          • Vaccinations No mandatory vaccine .

          • Useful Numbers : Emergencies: 166. European first aid number: 112

            • Small delinquency : Crete is very safe, do still watch out for pickpockets in the most touristy places in Chania, Heraklion and Rethymnon.

              • Climate : Mediterranean, hot and dry summer, mild winter.

              • Average temperatures 28 & deg; C in summer and 10 & deg; C in winter.

              • Best time to reach If it is to take it easy on the beach, go there between May and September. To make cultural tourism, no matter the time of year you visit Crete. If this is to combine visit and hiking, the best seasons are fall and spring.

                Daily life:
                • Time difference : UTC +2, one hour ahead of France .

                • Electrical Outlets : 220V / 50Hz, taken European

                • Calling code 00 30

                • internet, wifi : If you have your own computer you will have no trouble finding a wifi access from a coffee. Otherwise most of the villages on the coast have at least one internet cafe.

                • Features Banks and post offices are open Monday to Friday and close at 14 hours. The shops are usually closed between 15 am and 17h, nap time.