The Mediterranean island with the many facets of rushing rivers, rugged mountains, high-altitude levels, rare plants, unusual excavations and welcoming hosts – the Greek island of Crete, whose fascination can hardly elude a visitor offers it all and more. If you at the window of in the descent machine sits on the right side and can enjoy the sight of mountains this in the middle of the huge sea, that means “i kriti” in the national language and otherwise simply known as Crete, one is falling at this moment of the magic of this Greek island. The four striking mountains and mountain ranges, is the Thripti mountain, the White Mountains, the IDA massif and the Lassithi mountains are what you can already see when looking out of the plane. It appears long and narrow from the air, and this is also. Crete stretches over a length of 255 km from East to West and is just times 12 km wide at its narrowest point.
The machine sets for landing on and just before placing on the Heraklion airfield sees the fascinating colours of the sea, where the light wind waves plays with man still more clearly. You are finally back in the place, the Europeans like to refer to as the cradle of their continent and the Sun-seekers and hikers alike adore. Crete is one of the most visited destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean and will be arguably the most sought-after tourist site of Greece, apart from Athens. If we are talking about the ranking, then you should also mention that Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Only Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia and Cyprus expire the rank you with larger areas. As plant lovers particularly like enters the spring on this Mediterranean island. After all, there are almost 5700 plant species, which especially in this time of year give away their heady scent and the colourful sights not only on the richness of the insect, but rather almost the way, rocks and cliffs overlooking the astonished hikers to forget. Even though you may believe it, but in our German Home is not even half of this biodiversity.
But not only the many plants, olive groves and citrus plantations, often artfully layered dry stone walls on the side of the road and the warm smile of the host forget his other worries the visitors. The traces of a history shaped by thousands of years, they met on Crete at almost every step, let’s think on the roots of our own culture and art. It does not matter whether Knossos or rather the almost romantic rest of the ancient mountain village, lato in the East of Crete visiting the excavations of the huge investment, the cradle of Europe, you will feel truly near. And pleased with every step of hiking that it dwells on the Sun island. And it is sure that you will come back.