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Crete spells sun, sea, sand and smiles!

Crete, nestled between the Sea of Crete and the Libyan Sea, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Peloponnese. Crete has four prefectures - Rethimno, Chania, Lasithi and Heraklion. Frequent travelers to Crete say that the beauty of Crete outshines any other island in the world. The combination of sand, sea and sun with outpouring vitality, warmth, hospitality, culture of its people and excellent infrastructures are what makes Crete standout and be recognized worldwide as a premier holiday destination. An added appeal that lures visitors to this enigmatic island is the contrasting landscape from smooth seas, beaches and fertile coastal plains to rugged mountain terrains and from the bustling busy cities to serene hillside homes that never fail to enchant visitors from all walks of life.

There are about 10 areas from where to find a good hotel in Crete. The Heraklion - the largest city where Knossos is located, Agios Nikolaos - the pretty capital of Lasithi, Chania - the largest city in the western region, Chersonissos – a happy little harbor town during winter and party capital of Crete in summer, Elounda - a tiny fishing town on the Elounda Bay, Hora Sfakion – the small southwest capital with white houses and the transport ferry going to Samaria Gorge, Ierapetra in the southernmost part of Europe with beautiful beaches to boast, Malia – the favored tourist hotspot of the younger travellers and Rethymno – where most families gather for annual holidays.

Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization, a sophisticated Bronze Age culture whose achievements were in the form of palaces, tombs and sacred sites. The Byzantine era brought much wealth to the Island during which time the Romans invaded the island. The wealth and beauty of this time are still in evidence today by monuments, mosaics and some artifacts displayed in hotels in Crete. If you travel throughout the cities, you will see remnants of Turkish and Roman architecture and aqueducts still existing since it were built hundreds of years ago.

Tourism is the number one source of Cretan economy that is why government effort to keep Crete environmentally friendly is intensified to maintain such a feat. Notable places of interests are the Samaria National Park – where the daring mountain climbing enthusiasts take the challenge posed by the most impressive gorges of Europe, The ruins of ancient Minoan civilization in Phaistos, Knossos, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, The monastery at Prevelli, The Lasithi Plateau with the "Zeus Cave" where, according to Greek mythology, the god Zeus was hidden away from his father as a child, the palm tree lined beach of Vai and bay with the most scenic secluded sandy beach on the island, the Zakros Gorge - also known as the "valley of the Dead" with the ancient neolithic tombs standing as valley walls and ancient Zakros palace ruins.

There are so many great places to visit. Therefore, the best way for you to enjoy a well-deserved holiday in Crete is to plan ahead. It is always good practice to list down your itinerary way ahead of schedule to give you plenty of time to prepare for a memorable holiday treat. A good idée is to start your planning by booking a nice and comfortable hotel here on ExcelBooking.com.