Crete Greece. Need a guide for your holidays?

Holidays in Crete Greece, a guide at the most southern part of Europe is an ideal place for vacations.

The island with the crystal clear sandy beaches, sunny 9 months a year, makes it the perfect place for rest and entertainment.

Visit the museums and the palaces of the oldest civilisation in Europe, play golf, enjoy the Mediterranean food, do walks or just rest at one of the dozens beaches of the island.

Let us guide you to the secrets of this land. The birth land of Zeus, the land of minotaurus, the land of the ancient kings.

History of Crete

 The first human settlements on the island, dating to the aceramic Neolithic times, ancient Knossos was the site of one of these major Neolithic (then later Minoan) sites. Crete was the center of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoan (c. 2700-1420 BC). Early Cretan history is replete with legends such as those of King Minos, Theseus, Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus passed on orally via poets such as Homer. Beginning in 1420 BC, the Minoan civilization was overrun by the Mycenean civilization from mainland Greece. 

 Crete was conquered by Rome in 69 BCE. Gortyn became the capital of the island, and Crete became a Roman province.

 Later Crete became part of the Byzantine Empire, but then was captured by Iberian Muslims who established a piratical emirate on the island. In 960, Nicephorus Phocas reconquered the island, which remained under Byzantine control until 1204, when it fell into the hands of the Venetians at the time of the Fourth Crusade. Venice's rule, lasted more than four centuries.

  Under the rule of Christian Venetians, the city of Candia was reputed to be the best fortified city of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottomans conquered Crete in 1669, after a 21-year siege of the capital, Candia.

 During Ottoman rule, many churches and monasteries were converted to mosques.

 In 1898, Crete, became a complex autonomous Cretan State under Ottoman suzerainty and was garrisoned by an international military force and a High Commissioner (Armostis), chosen by Greece. Finally, Crete was joined with Greece on 1 December 1913.