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Crete - Kríti - Κρήτη
Crete is the southernmost island of Greece in Europe.
Crete is located in the Mediterranean Sea at 35◦N 24◦E, it is one of the largest Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterreanean.
The island of Crete experiences both Mediterranean and North African climates. An average of 300 days of sunshine a year.
Crete has mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. More on Crete's climate...
Crete's currency is the Greek Euro.
The code is EUR.
The symbol is €.
Weights and Measures
Metric measurements are used. For example, distances are in kilometres and weights in kilograms.
Crete Facts – Language
The official language of Crete is Greek. There is a Cretan dialect called Kritika with sounds, accents, words and phrases differing from modern Greek. Dictionaries and texts are available in this dialect, and it is spoken by Cretans in both Crete and the diaspora.
The capital of Crete is Heraklion, located in the centre north of the island, with a population of over 170,000 it is a bustling port city with an international airport.
Crete is one of the 13 Peripheries of Greece, and in turn has four prefectures. The prefectures, from west to east are:
Crete Facts – Main Towns
Main towns apart from the capitals mentioned above, include
Crete time is equal to GMT/UTC +2
Crete Facts – Getting to and from Crete
Crete is accessible from many cities in Europe by direct flights. Both Chania and Heraklion airports are international and accept many flights per day in summer. Ferries travel to both these ports also, from all over Greece.
Here is a map of Kriti with ports and airports marked..
Crete Facts – Getting around in Crete
Crete is a large island with plenty of countryside, mountains and coastline to explore. A network of national roads makes travelling by car a practical way to expore the island. A wonderful local bus service can take you to even the tiniest village, if you are patient.
Declared Holidays 2016
|January 1st||New Years Day|
|March 14th||Clean Monday|
|March 25th||Independence Day|
|April 29th||Orthodox Good Friday|
|April 30th||Orthodox Holy Saturday|
|May 1st||Orthodox Easter Sunday / May Day|
|May 2nd||Orthodox Easter Monday|
|May 20th to 22nd||Battle of Crete Commemorations|
|June 20th||Holy Spirit Day|
|August 15th||Assumption Day|
|October 28th||Oxi Day|
|December 25th||Christmas Day|
|December 26th||St. Stephens Day|
Useful Telephone NumbersEmergencies
|Aegean Airlines||80111 20000||www.aegeanair.com|
|Athens Airport||21035 30000||www.aia.gr|
|Bus Schedules||2810 245020||www.ktel.org|
|Ferry Schedules||2810 346185||www.ferries.gr|
|Chania Airport||2821 083800||www.hcaa.gr|
|Heraklion Airport||2810 397129||www.hcaa.gr|
|Olympic Airlines||801 801 0101||www.olympicair.com|
|Roadside Assistance (ELPA)||10400||www.elpa.gr|
Store opening hours
8am to 2.30 Monday to Thursday
8am to 2pm on Friday
8am to 2pm Mon Wed Sat
8am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 8.30pm Tues Thurs Fri
Supermarkets tend to keep longer hours.
Crete has excellent hospitals, mainly located on the northern coasts of the island near the four major town centres. See location map below and names and addresses of the hospitals also below.
The Chania General Hospital Agios Giorgos "St. George" (above) is situated in the outskirts of the city of Chania, near Mournies village.
The word for hospital in Greek is nosokomeio νοσοκομείο.
List of Major Hospitals in Crete, Greece
|Chania||Agios Giorgos General Hospital||Mournies, Chania|
|Rethymnon||Rethymnon General Hospital||17 Trantalidou St, Rethymnon|
|Heraklion||Venizelio Hospital||Knossou Ave, Heraklion|
|Heraklion||University General Hospital||Voutes, Heraklion|
|Agios Nikolaos||Agiou Nikolaou General Hospital||Knossou St, Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi|
|Neapolis||Dialinakio General Hospital||Neapolis, Lassithi|
|Ierapetra||Ierapetra General Hospital||Kalimeraki, Ierapetra, Lassithi|
|Sitia||Sitias General Hospital||Sitia, Lassithi|
Crete Facts - Books
Before embarking on a trip to Crete for a holiday or to live here, many of our visitors like to do some reading, whether it is light holiday travel narratives, or more complex Greek history, there are endless topics to explore in relation to Crete.
On our books pages we suggest some good titles...
El Greco was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Renaissance who came to fame in Spain of the sixteenth century.
Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born in Crete in 1541, studied and became a master painter in Heraklion as part of the Cretan School of art, flourishing in Post Byzantine culture.
A Cretan poet, novelist, essayist and playwright is one of Greece's most famous writers.
Kazantzakis Καζαντζάκη wrote many diverse works, including the novels for which he is commonly known.
Kazantzakis was born in 1883 during the Ottoman occupation in city of Heraklion, Crete and died in 1957 in Freiburg, Germany.
Who was Zorba the Greek? Where was the movie filmed? What is
Jennifer Aniston's connection to Crete? All these trivia questions are
answered on our special trivia page...
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