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Listed under Islands in Crete, Greece.

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Archaeology and mythology go up against sparking blue seas and soft sandy beaches when it comes to the best of Crete. Knossos and Phaistos calls people from across the seas but then so do photos of the coastline and those quintessential Greek island villages. But being the centre of the ancient Minoan civilization wins out for me. This is the stuff of the Minotaur, Icarus, Theseus and King Minos as recounted by Homer. The remains of this civilization, the ruins and mosaics unearthed are quite grand and what people resounding think of as civilized.

In addition to the history and coastline Crete also has a picturesque interior of rocky mountains and gorges and fertile plains. And temperate weather. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean.

For a selection of the best places to stay in Crete, visit The Hotel Guru.

Written by  Howard Amble.

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Crete is Greece's largest Mediterranean island and, with its beach resorts, rugged interior and historic ruins, makes it also one of its most popular tourist destinations. The island has a permanent population of over 600,000 residents, with several million visiting each year.

The island boasts 5 star hotel resorts and beach fronts, as well as numerous stunning mountain villages, especially on the east coast of the island, while in the north there are many British owned resorts.

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