Info about Crete
Formalities, transport, country information, things to see, useful addresses
Crete and Greece. Useful information
When to visit Crete
With an area of 8,300 km², Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. It is located in the centre of the Mediterranean, equidistant from the three continents of Asia, Europe and Africa. It is 250 km long and 60 km wide at most...
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Language of communication and traditions
If you are not lucky enough to speak Greek, basic English will suffice. French is unfortunately losing ground, as it is all over the world. Forty years ago, French was synonymous with culture and distinction. Today, the Cretans still have a certain sympathy for France and the French. Finally, it should be noted that people here define themselves first as Cretans and then as Greeks. Does this remind you of anything?
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In restaurants, bistros and hotels
As the English, Scandinavians and Germans are the majority of western tourists in Greece (the French only come 3rd or 4th, depending on the year), in some places, Greek restaurant menus are so adapted to the dominant clientele that the language of Molière is not enough to get to know the Cretan diet...
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To see, to visit
Writer's tips - The essentials
As far as the length of stay is concerned, it would be ideal to spend two weeks there, one in the east and the other in the west. Otherwise, in one week you will have to choose between the sites to visit. If I had to choose among my favourite places, I would have mentioned; Loutro, Kato Zakros, Chania, Samaria, Rethymnon...
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Getting there, moving around
By air or by ferry
Your arrival at Heraklion
Location.: Heraklion airport is located in the centre of the island, which is just over 250km long. It takes 1 hour to get to Rethymnon (80km) or Agios Nikolaos (70km), and 2 hours to Chania (160km). The north of the island is served by an expressway, which connects the east with the west. Heraklion's airport, "Nikos Kazantzakis" is 5km from the city centre...
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Rent a car in Greece: Crete (Heraklion, Chania, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos) – Athens – Rhodes – Corfu – Mykonos – Santorini – Thessaloniki – Preveza/Aktion/Lefkada – Patras/Araxos – Kalamata – Paros – Syros – Kos – Naxos – Lesbos – Thassos – Zakynthos/Zante