Crete is the largest island of Greece and the fifth largest island
in the Mediterranean. A mountainous island, it lies south of the
Aegean Sea, a link between Europe, Africa and Asia. This geographical
position, being at the junction of major civilizations and cultural
currents, influenced its history throughout the past 5000 years
Crete has an elongated shape, 260 km long from east to west and
between 15 and 60 km wide. The coastline is over 1000 km long and
consists of both sandy beaches and rocky shores. The high mountains
are a characteristic of the Cretan landscape. They form three mountain
complexes, each with its own personality. Between the
ranges lie semi-mountainous zones which cover the greater part of
the island. There are also a few low lying plains as well as a number
of high plateaux.
Crete has about 600.000 inhabitants, of which over a third live
in the towns of Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon. The rest of the
island is sparsely populated, with large tracts of mountainous areas
frequented only by shepherds.
Crete has become a very popular holiday destination for northern
Europeans. The current number of visitors per year is around 3 millions.
Most of those come by charter to Heraklion or Chania airport.
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