Interesting facts about Crete


Posted on Nov 13, 2021      29


The beautiful island of Crete is probably the most beautiful and pleasant part of Greece! No one can remain indifferent to Crete, and no wonder that there are few places that are as beautiful in every way. Crete steeped in ancient history, till long ago fighting bloody battles were waged on its shores, and then cities were built and dusted, but now all that’s left are their names and ruins... Everyone can find something to do here - some of them are attracted by the sea, others by the beautiful nature, while others come here to immerse themselves in the history of the ancient world.

Facts about Crete

  • Crete is the largest island of all the Greek islands.
  • The crime situation in Crete is extremely quiet - crimes are extremely rare here.
  • Nowadays, where in Crete can be seen growing bananas, but few people know that the first bananas were grown on this island only at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • All Crete population speaks Greek, but very many people know English too.
  • In Crete, there are several beaches with pink sand, such as Elafonisi.
  • It is in Crete, according to ancient Greek legend, there was the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
  • From 1898 to 1913, there was an autonomy called Cretan State.
  • Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization, the oldest in Europe, which flourished from 2600 to 1400 BC.
  • Tourists sometimes confuse Crete with Cyprus, which is also inhabited mostly by Greeks, but is a separate state.
  • High on the mountains in Crete there is snow, and in winter the snow cover can be up to 5 meters thick there.
  • Over 30 of the Cretan mountains have a height of 2 km or more.

  • Excavations at the Palace of Knossos, near Heraklion, have shown that the first settlements on Crete date back to 7 thousand years BC.
  • Hippocrates once said that the air in Crete worked wonders and cured the sick.
  • The sea near the coasts of Crete, in calm weather, is so clear that in some places you can see the bottom of the sea at a depth of 40 meters.
  • According to the legend, out of respect for Zeus and the place where he was born, Heracles destroyed all the dangerous animals that were in Crete.
  • There were cases when tourists in Crete were frightened by snakes, but you should not be afraid - there are no poisonous snakes on this island.
  • The people of Crete successfully developed the wine making when the inhabitants of Europe walked with stone axes and dressed in the skins of animals.
  • Gavdos, a small island off the southern coast of Crete, is the southernmost point of Europe.
  • There are practically no thunderstorms in Crete. The rarity of this natural phenomenon here is because of the unique geographical location of the island.
  • Sometimes in the streets of local towns you can stumble across some ancient ruins, squeezed between a couple of modern houses and carefully fenced off.

  • Among all the regions of Greece, Crete is one of the most profitable. Especially, a lot of money for the treasury brings agriculture and tourism.
  • Officially, the island of Crete became part of Greece only in 1913.
  • The most popular transportation in Crete is scooter. Very inexpensive Italian models from the company “Vespa” are especially popular.
  • Despite the relatively small size of the island, there are three airports.
  • The traditional dish of Crete, Stifado Salingariko, is made of stewed snails.
  • Scientists believe that the mild climate of Crete is unique, because it is influenced by both the Mediterranean Sea and the hot winds of Africa.
  • In Crete lies Samaria, the longest gorge in Europe, as much as 16 kilometers wide. At its widest point, it is 300 meters wide.
  • Among all the Mediterranean islands, Crete is the fifth largest.
  • The highest point of Crete is the peak of Timios Stavros, which rises to 2,456 meters.
  • For about 300 days a year, the sun shines over this island paradise. Overcast days are rare here.
  • Crete has only two freshwater lakes, but there are no large rivers here.
  • The island is home to just over 5% of the total population of Greece.

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