On the borders of Europe and the Orient, facing Africa, Crete is mythical on many levels. In Greek mythology, Minos was born there, fruit of the union of Zeus and the beautiful Europe, who went to relax under a plane tree in Gortyne…

This wild and mountainous island offers sometimes austere landscapes, dotted with rocky peaks boiling under sunlight and warm African winds. Is the south coast of Crete not bathed by the Libyan Sea? This oriental dryness is lessened by the opaque green mantle of olive trees.

In valleys or atop hills, orthodox monasteries and white chapels transcend time on pristine sites. Here, beaches shine in their solitude of pebbles and sand. And have we mentioned some of Europe’s most beautiful abrupt canyons, and the plethora of caves (almost 3000!) ?

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