Crete is a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea, the cradle of European civilization.
The hospitable Cretan people are famous for their culture, innovative spirit and nutritional habits. The Cretan diet is highly esteemed as one of the healthiest diets in the world, whereas Crete boasts a vast array of quality products such as olive oil, wine, honey, cheese, rusk, herbs.
Crete is definitely a culinary destination for food lovers, featuring a variety of dining options from traditional taverns to fine dining.
But what makes the Cretan diet unique among other Mediterranean diets is the whole philosophy that comes with it. It is essentially a whole new way of life that encompasses essential social values and habits such as hospitality, family life, fasting and daily exercise. Crete is a heaven for nature lovers and those combining adventure and fun on their vacation.
The island offers a variety of activities and opportunities for exploring nature. Its mild climate attracts visitors before and after the established touristy summer season. Crete’s stunning natural beauty awakens in visitors an imperative need to discover its mountains and UNESCO Global Geoparks, its impressive gorges and the unique Samaria Gorge Biosphere Reserve, its hiking trails and more than 500.000km of the E4. Each route in Crete is unique. One can encounter emerald beaches, scrublands, sand dunes, rocky summits, steep slopes, alpine zones, verdant mountains, deep gorges, dry lands, gurgling rivers, scenic ponds, Mediterranean woods, wetlands, fertile meadows, vineyards and olive groves, while the same contrasts are met below sea surface. Trekking, canyoning, climbing, scuba diving, horse riding, caving, skiing, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, golfing, parasailing, windsurfing, and kite surf are some of the activities that Crete offers. All combined with a great variety of lodging options; from small family hotels or agrotourism cottages to luxurious all-inclusive hotels.
Crete combines the new alongside the old, the ancient with contemporary history, being one of the most popular Greek tourist destinations!