Preveli BeachCrete, the place where the Minoan culture was born and evoluted. The land where Xenios Zeus was born. Crossroad of sea ways and cultures. From here passed Arabs, Venetians and Turks. With a key role, on the 2nd World War, with the battle of Crete changing the course of the war and hence the history of the world. The island of Domenico Theotokopoulos "El Greco", Nikos Kazantzakis and Eleftherios Venizelos. With extent 8331 Sq.Km,a length approx. 260 km from east in west and width from 12 to 60 km Crete is included in the five larger islands of Mediterranean.

Its geophysical form creates contradictory representations, as it includes forests, seas and immense beautiful beaches, mountains with high altitude and snow, but also rocky and dry soil. With rich history, culture, unique natural environment, particularly soft climate and the world wide known hospitality of its residents constitutes a pole of attraction for a lot of visitors.  The prefectures of Chania, Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi compose the Region Crete that is surrounded from north by Cretan sea, from south by Liviko sea.


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* Greek Statistic Services, inventory 2001


Chania Old TownThe prefecture is found in the western part of the island, with extent 2376 Sq.Km. 1.476 of them, are mountainous regions. With a lot of natural beauties, beaches, mountains, forests, caverns, gorges, olive groves, Orange fields that compose a unique environment. A lot of traditional villages, Churches, monasteries and castles in the hinterland of prefecture. The tourist infrastructure is very big and capable to correspond in the high requirements of tourists from Greece and Europe.  The prefecture is divided in 5 provinces, Apokoronas, Kissamos, Kydonia, Selino and Sfakia. Vamos, Georgioupoli, Kissamos, Falasarna, Elafonisi, Palaiochora, Kandanos, Loutro, Chora Sfakion, Therisos, Omalos with wild  beautiful  national  park of  the Samaria  gorge  and  finally  the  capitol of  the  prefecture beautiful Chania are only some of the parts that someone could visit. Unique monasteries as the ones of Agias Triadas Tzagkarolon, Gouvernetou, Chrysoskalitissas. There are quite a few archaeological sites in the prefecture. Aptera, Falasarna, Polyrrinia, Lissos but also the ancient Chania (Kydonia) are only some of the important monuments of ancient Chania's culture, that are rescued up to these days. Find out more >>


Koule Fort Largest in extent (2641 Sq.Km.) but also in population, prefecture of Crete, constituted from seven provinces: Viannou, Kenouriou, Maleviziou, Monofatsiou, Pediados, Pyrgiotissis and Temenous. Typical Cretan environment with mountains, beaches, down country and caverns. Part of mountain Psiloritis (2456 m.), as well as part of mountain Dikti (2148 m.) at the borders with Lasithi, the mountain Giouchtas and Asterousia. The plain of Mesara dominates in the south-western part of prefecture, one of the largest and out of very few plains in Crete that characterize geophysical the prefecture. In this prefecture  someone can visit the unique  palace  of Knossos, the archaeological site  of Gortynas,  Phaestos,  Agias Triadas  and  Malia.  There are also a lot of monasteries of unique beauty and historical importance as those of Odigitria, Apezana, Koudouma, Kalyviani, Vrontisi, Valsamonero, Paliani, Savvathiana, Epanosifis, Agarathos, Arvi and Kera. So the parts near that sea as well as the mountainous parts of prefecture, were constantly inhabitted since the prohistoric years up to these days.  Most known cities and villages are considered Tympaki, Matala, Mires, Archanes, Arkalochori, Agia Pelagia, Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia and the capital of prefecture cosmopolitan Heraklion. Find out more >>


Palm Forest Vai The Eastern prefecture of island, with extent 1818 separated in four provinces: Ierapetras, Lasithi, Merambellou and Sitia. Classic Cretan landscape also here as well as in the remainder prefectures. Mountains (Dikti, Orno), Gorges (Trypiti), Plateau of Lasithi and unique beaches that unfold in the bigger part of southernly prefecture. The visitor can admire the Monasteries of Toplou, Kapsa, Agios Georgios Selinaris, the antiquities of Zakros, Lato, Cavern Psychro, Itanos. The exotic Palm forest of Vai, mountain Dikti (the highest of the prefecture), the famous islet of Spinaloga with the Venitian castle that was build  in 1579 b.c. and    the  island  of  Koufonisi    with  the  antiquities of  Lefki. There  are many characteristic  beautiful places of this prefecture as, the Lasithi Plateau, Sitia, Palaikastro, Ierapetra, Ziros, Neapoli, Milatos with the historical cavern, Kritsa and the capital Agios Nikolaos which with Eloynda constitutes the most important tourist resorts of Lasithi. Find out more >>


Rethymnon PrefectureThe prefecture of Rethymnon is found between those of Chania and Heraklion. It is the most mountainous prefecture of Crete. Out of 1.496 Sq.Km. the 510 is agricultural ground, the 933 pasture lands, the 36 is only covered by settlements and the 17 they are covered by Mediterranean forests of oak, pine and sfendamos. The water of sea is crystal clear, while on the southern side of the prefecture the beaches are amazing and the content in salt is high. Most beaches of the prefecture are awarded with blue flags from the European Union, proof of cleanness and they way that they are organized. It is constituted by four provinces. Agios Vasilios, Amari, Mylopotamos  and  Rethymnon.  Its  most powerful  geophysicist  point  is  the  mountain of Psiloritis, which is also the highest mountain in Crete. However it has other natural beauties also, such as beaches, gorges, and caverns. Most famous places are: Agia Galini, Plakias, Preveli monastery, Spili, Arkadi monastery, Panormo, the caverns of Zoniana and Melidoni, Anogeia and its capital, Rethymnon. The bigest archaeological sites which a visitor can see are those of ysterominoan cemetery Armenoi, Eleytherna, Monastiraki.  Find out more >>