Even if you have ranged the whole world and have seen everything that is worth seeing, you are bound to fall in love with Greece. You won't be able to stay indifferent to its inexplicably fascinating beauty, to its warm and wonderfully blue sea, to its fresh fragrant air, to its tasty food, and, above all, to its soft and elegant way to make you feel at home. You will never feel as a stranger here. Greece is always glad to see you.
Greece, the country of Zeus and Aphrodite, that gifted the humanity with Philosophy, Science, Arts, Sports and Humanism, still believe that a man is the measure of all things. People here know how precious our flowing life is and can enjoy every moment of it. Greece is often associated with Crete. No wonder that a fabulous island of Minotaur is the first place to visit for all the tourists, arriving to Greece. That's where Greek civilization, praised by Homer, Platoon and Aristotle, originates from.
The capital of Crete and ancient Greece was Knossos. Palace in Knossos, built in approximately 1990 BC, is one of the most famous antiquity of the world civilization. The palace, discovered by the British collector of ancient pieces, Arthur Evance (1851 - 1941), represents a statuesque ensemble of the palace itself, villas, roads, yards, piazzas, halls and galleries. It is called "Place of Minos". To all appearances, this palace is mentioned in myths of Ancient Greece as a labyrinth of Minotaur - a creature with a human body and head of a bull.
Nowadays, the capital of Crete is Herculean - the biggest city of the island. The only entrane to the city, in honor of legendary Heracles, runs through the city gates, as it was surrounded by the graff. The main sightseeing of Herculean is the archeological museum. The greatest collection of highly valuable findings, exposed in chronological order from New Stone Age to Age of Romans, makes it unique.
Crete, situated between Europe, Asia and Africa, is the biggest Greek island and the fifth in size among islands of Mediterranean. Mountains, highlands, cut by deep canyons and valleys of olive fields constitute the typical landscape of Crete. Its citrus groves and endless sand beaches tempt like Sirens. The best way to get acquainted with Crete is traveling by car, which you can easily rent. You won't regret if you take along bicycles, to ride where the car won't go. Crete is always famous for its rich and tasty cuisine, and the farther from the tourists centers, the cheaper. There are few rivers on Crete, but plenty of brooks, running from the hills, and beautiful lakes. Lake Kurunas is one of the most popular. It is flat near the shore and deep and blue in the center. The water is warm and refreshing, you will hardly be able to resist a temptation to bathe there.
Indeed, every Greek island is a piece of paradise. But even the Greeks call Crete "The Island of Wonders". You need only to choose one of its seaside places and visit the island of Gods just once to fall in love with it forever.