Crete

Crete is the biggest island in Greece and the second biggest (after Cyprus) of the East Mediterranean.

It lies at the Southern Aegean Sea and at the crossroads of three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. Crete covers an area of 8.336 sq.kms. The length of the island is 260 km, but the shore-length is 1.046 km. The biggest width is 60 km while the smallest is 12 km.

A high mountain range crosses the island from West to East, formed by three different groups of mountains.
To the West the White Mountains (2.453 m), in the middle the mountain of Idi (Psiloritis-2.456 m) and to the East the mountain of Dikti (2.148 m). These mountains gifted Crete with fertile plateaus like Lassithi, Omalos and Nida, caves like Diktaion and Idaion cave, and gorges like the famous Gorge of Samaria.
There are also quite a few valleys and small plains. The largest and most important plain is that of Messara located between Psiloritis and Asterousia mountains at the centre - south of the island.

The population of the island is approximately 630.000 (yr. 2005). Major cities (Munic. Population) : Iraklion (151.000) - Hania (53.000) - Rethymno (31.000)

Religion: Greek Orthodox 99%
Language: Greek - Cretan idiom. English is also widely spoken especialy in the tourist areas.
Monetary Unit: The official currency is the Euro (€) divided into 100 cents.