Of Minoan vases and famous frescoes. Shining and starlit, with it’s black baggy breeches and fringed kerchiefs. Romantic Crete, with its sea, rocks and gleaming plateaus. Crete, land of full-bodied wine and pungent tsipouro. Sleepless Crete, land of endless feasts under star-studded skies. Crete, scented with wild fennel and fresh basil. Dizzying Crete, of the warlike dances.Crete, home of El Greco, Kornaros, Kazantzakis and Prevelakis. Crete, whose door is always wide open to both East and West.The dream of Crete, where a person might soar in flight. Crete, “the island of Miracles”.This island – the largest in Greece – separates the Aegean from the Libyan Sea, marks the boundary between Europe and Africa. Majestic mountains rise in its centre – the White Mountains, Psiloritis, and Dikti. Its plateaus are split by deep gorges and end up in fertile valleys. The scenery is constantly changing. In one place harsh and barren, in another wooded and gentle. Its villages smothered in greenery. Olive trees orange groves, vineyards, and early vegetable market gardens. Old stone farmhouses, monasteries and villages perched on mountain ridges, castles and chapels forgotten on steep slopes. Shores lined with forbidding rocks, often inaccessible, but also lots of endless sandy or pebbly beaches.
Crete is renowned for the variety of its vegetation and the wildlife in its chestnut, oak and cypress forests. Not to mention its palm forests (at Vai and Preveli) and its cedar forests (at Gavdos and Hrissi). Medicinal herbs and fragrant shrubs – laudanum
Crete is one of the best choices for business or pleasure in Greece. The mild climate, all natural beauties, historic monuments, the people’s genuine hospitality and the Cretan traditions but also the cosmopolitan character of the island and up-scale services and hotel accommodation offered, make it the perfect destination for an incentive or a conference.