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The World’s Oldest Living Olive Tree is on Crete

Scientists estimate that the olive tree has been in the village of Ano Vouves in Chania for more than 3000 years.

Chania: A Guide to the Stunningly Beautiful City of Crete

Chania is a breathtaking city on the island Crete, and a perfect vacation spot -- Chania has with something to offer any traveler!

The 10 Best Beaches on Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece and its coastline of 1,046 km, or 650 miles, makes for some extraordinary beaches. With crystal clear waters and sand in a variety of hues, Crete's beaches are unforgettable. The top 10 of...

Gold Wreath Still Adorns 2,500 Year-Old Skull in Crete, Greece

The skull of a crowned athlete with a gold wreath in the shape of a laurel branch still attached to it is perhaps one of the most impressive exhibits in Greece. The flesh disintegrated after 2,500 years, but the wreath...

Airbnb in Crete Offers a Bed Under the Stars

An outdoor “Summer Bed under the Stars” is now available for rent to star-gazing travelers on Airbnb in Crete. Gabriella Damianaki is the woman behind this unusual accommodation, which is located in Paleokastro, Heraklion. The "room," which is actually in...

Saint Yakinthos: Crete’s Own Patron Saint of Love

February 14th is the globally-celebrated day of Saint Valentine, internationally known as the day of lovers. Millions of stores around the world are lavishly decorated in red and vast quantities of roses, chocolates and stuffed animals are sold and...

Nikos Xylouris’ Voice Still Resonates in Crete and Greece

Nikos Xylouris, nicknamed Psaronikos, who passed away on Feb. 8, 1980, is a symbol of Crete. He was one of its greatest singers whose talent made him internationally known. Xylouris was born in Anogeia, a rugged mountain region in the...

Cargo Ship Off Coast of Crete Breaks in Half

A cargo ship carrying metal broke in half after running aground off the coast of Crete on Tuesday, and two of its crew members have been hospitalized with hypothermia. The ship, which is called the Manassa Rose and which flies...

Heraklion: Discover the Capital of Crete

Heraklion, the capital of the Greek island of Crete, is an ancient city that perhaps is under-appreciated for its many attractions.

A Walk through Crete, Birthplace of the Minoans

The only way to truly appreciate the beauty and majesty of the landscape of Crete is to walk through it. There are more walking routes on the island than you can count; some are well-known or signposted, and others...

Samaria Gorge: Hiking on the Island of Crete

Hiking jaw-dropping Samaria gorge is extremely popular, and it is easy to see why as it takes visitors through a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Massive Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S Truman Docks at Souda Bay, Crete

The massive naval aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman docked at Souda Bay, Crete on Thursday and will remain off the coast of the island until January 3. The Harry S Truman, which was named after the thirty-third US president,...

December 8: Naval and Air Disasters Make it a Cursed Day for Crete

The city of Chania in Crete has terrible memories of December 8, as two major disasters occurred in the space of only three years, with a loss of more than 300 lives between them. On December 8, 1966, a ferry...

Crete Celebrates Union with Greece On December 1st

On December 1st, 1913, the island of Crete was officially integrated into the Greek state, after Sultan Mehmet V had finally relinquished all sovereignty over the island exactly one month earlier. Crete's liberation from Ottoman rule was the result of...

Ten Must-Have Souvenirs From the Greek Island of Crete

Visitors to Crete always want to find just the right memories of Crete to take back home. Objects that tell a story of their own, that are characteristic of the land and that - sometimes - cannot be obtained...