Introudction to Crete - Information about the Island of Crete - Greece

  • Biggest Greek island
  • Fifth biggest island in the Mediterranean
  • About 260 km long, between 12 and 60 km wide
  • Capital of Crete: Iraklion
  • Important airports: Iraklion, Hania
  • Important harbours: Iraklion, Hania, Rethymnon
  • Population of Crete: about 600.000 people
  • Religion: Greek-orthodox
  • Economy in Crete: farming, tourism
  • Highest mountain: Psiloritis (2456m)
  • Plants in Crete: about 170 endemic species and subspecies
  • Celebrations -March
    March 25, Independence Day
    March/April
    Rethymnon - Flower Festival
    April
    Skines - Orange Festival
    Vamos - Snail Festival
    April 23, Ayios Georghios Festival
    May

    May 1, Labour Day festivals
    May 20-27, Chania - Battle of Crete commemoration celebrations
    June
    Karanos - Cherry Festival
    July
    Rethymnon - Wine Festival
    Chania - Festival of Nations
    Hersonissos - Watermelon Festival
    July-August
    Kastelli - Gramvousa Festival
    Sitia - Kornaria Festival
    Ierapetra - Kyrvia Festival
    July-September
    Rethymnon - Renaissance Festival
    Iraklion - Summer Arts Festival August Sitia
    Sultana Festival Iraklion -
    Iraklion Festival August 5/6,
    Archanes - Transfiguration of Christ Festival Aug 25,
    Iraklion - Aghios Titos procession
    Gavalochori - Folklore Festival
    Chania - Sardine Festival
    October
    Aghia Varvara - Cabbage Festival
    Elos - Chestnut Festival
    November
    November 21, Rethymnon & Chania - Panaghias Isodia celebrations
    December
    December 6, Aghios Nikolaos - Aghios Nikolaos festival

-Service

...the ferries to Crete

 


ANEK LINES 

only Heraklion

Busses in Crete

Chania - Rethymnon - Heraklion

Bus connections West Crete incl:
PALEOCHORA | SOUGIA | CHORA SFAKION | FRANGOKASTELLO

Bus connections Rethymnon - incl:
RODAKINO | PLAKIAS | AG.GALINI

Bus connections Eastern Cete:
AG.NIKOLAOS | SITIA | IRAPETRA | ZAKROS | VAI

Exact daily rates

Laiki in Chania - click it for the winter view

 


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The Island of Crete - Introduction to Crete, Greece