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According to a Greek saying, a Cretan's first loyalty is to his island, his second to his country. The insular Cretan mindset-shaped by centuries of bitter resis­tance to relentless invasion-causes the island's people to view even their fel­low Greeks as foreigners. Cretans are nonetheless friendly to the outsiders that continue to vacation on their beloved home, and visitors will enjoy a healthy dose of that old Greek hospitality. Like the long-moustached men in black who sit by the harbour polishing their high boots, the island welcomes you but tends to remain aloof.

Records of Cretan life reach back to 6000 BC, when Neolithic inhabitants dwelled in open settlements and placed terra-cotta statuettes on mountaintops to honour their deities. When settlers arrived from Asia Minor around 3000 BC, Cret­ans forged a civilization that would distinguish Greece , the Mediterranean , and all of Europe . Through the next two millennia, Crete 's Minoans developed unprece­dented technological and artistic abilities, constructing enormous palaces which still astound archaeologists and casual observers alike. Modem excavations have turned up shards of decorated pottery, colourful frescoes, intricate jewelry, cere­monial horns, stone libation vessels, and small sculptures.

Catastrophes--earthquakes, a tidal wave from an enormous volcanic eruption on Santorini, and Mycenaean invasions-plagued Minoan society; three times, the Minoans rebuilt from the ground up. Distinct artistic styles accompanied each rebuilding period. The Early Period's iconography makes it famous: women on thrones appear repeatedly, leading to speculation that early Minoan society may have been matriarchal. The Middle Period brought a political and artistic high point , as the Palace at Knossos dominated a prosperous Aegean marine empire. Later Greeks dated their own origins to the Middle Period, when Zeus was born on Mt. Ida , the mythical Minotaur munched men in the Labyrinth of Knossos, and the Athenian king Theseus wrested power from Crete 's Minoans and handed it to the Achaeans of mainland Greece .

In the 8th century BC, the Dorians occupied the island, carpetbagging with their own ideas about jewelry-making, sculpture, pottery, and language. Conquering Romans later set up camp, only to find the island an unstable aristocratic hangout rife with intercity fighting. Next, Crete fell under rickety Byzantine rule, resulting in the construction of countless Byzantine churches, until the Arabs conquered Crete in AD 827. The Byzantines eventually regained the island but lost it again to Frankish crusaders in 1204. After being sold to Venice , Crete became a commer­cial hub, with fortified ports ringing the island, and developed an early middle class, dominated by Venetian nobles and local merchants.

Cretans look back on this period far more fondly than on the Ottoman occupa­tion that followed. From the late 17th century until Prince George 's liberation of the island in 1898, Crete was Ottoman turf. After the Balkan Wars of 1913, Crete joined the Greek state. During World War II, the island combatted German occupa­tion with strong guerrilla resistance; the period is regarded with pride. Since then, Crete has been spared conquerors and attacks as a part of the Greek nation.

Today, Crete is divided into four main prefectures: Hania, Rethymno, Iraklion , and Lasithi. Transportation networks are based on the prefectures. It's easy to get around within a prefecture, but bus transportation between prefectures can be more complicated, so make your plans with the divisions in mind.


 

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 Villa Anatoli
Villa Anatoli, Stalós
Featuring free WiFi and sea views, Villa Anatoli is a villa, located in Stalós. You can relax by the outdoor pool in the garden and use the barbecue. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Plakias Resorts
Plakias Resorts, Plakias
This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
 Alianthos Villa
Alianthos Villa, Tersanas
Set in Tersanas, Alianthos Villa features a garden with an outdoor pool and magnificent sea views. A tennis court is available on site. Free WiFi is provided. more...
 Boutique Villa Petra Eleni
Boutique Villa Petra Eleni, Fílippos
Located in Maza Village of Chania, the stone-built Villa Petra I features a private pool and a furnished sun terrace amidst its lush gardens. more...
 Luxury Holiday Villas Gouves
Luxury Holiday Villas Gouves, Gouves
Ioulia Villa Gouves is a villa with a seasonal outdoor pool, set in Gouves in the Crete Region. The property is 18 km from Heraklion and free private parking is available. more...
 Villa Xara
Villa Xara, Agia Marina Nea Kydonias
Situated in Agia Marina Nea Kydonias, Villa Xara offers self-catering accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. Guests may go for a swim in the outdoor pool. more...
 Icarus Hotel
Icarus Hotel, Kalamaki
Offering a pool with sun terrace, Ikaros Apartments are located in Kalamaki, just 150 metres from the beach. They feature fully equipped units with views of the garden and the Cretan Sea. more...
 Hotel Off
Hotel Off, Chania Town
Located in Topanas district of Chania Town and housed in a Venetian, 13-century building, Hotel Off offers elegantly decorated accommodation with free WiFi access. more...
 Golden Coast Seaside Apartments
Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno Town
Just steps from the sandy beach of Rethymno, Golden Coast Apartments offers air-conditioned studios with a fully equipped kitchenette and TV. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. more...
 Villa Anemoni
Villa Anemoni, Gerani
Featuring an outdoor pool, Villa Anemoni is a detached villa located in Gerani in the region of Crete. The property features views of the sea and is 24 miles from Chania Town. more...
 Stefan's Penthouse
Stefan's Penthouse, Chania Town
Located 616 yards from Chania Old Venetian Harbor, Stefan's Penthouse offers accommodations in Chania Town. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments
Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments, Malia
Within steps from a sandy Blue Flag beach, this seafront complex boasts an outdoor swimming pool and snack bar. The stylish accommodation provides a side or full sea view from their balcony. more...
 ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas
ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas, Achlades
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas is located in Akhladhés, just 24 miles from Heraklio Town. The property is air-conditioned and is fitted with a spa bath. more...
 Plakias Bay Hotel
Plakias Bay Hotel, Plakias
Surrounded by a blossomed garden, just a short walk from the sandy Plakias Beach in Rethymno, the family-run Plakias Bay Hotel features a traditional restaurant and a terrace with unobstructed views more...
 La Vita Classica
La Vita Classica, Chania Town
La Vita Classica offers accommodations in Chania Town, just 620 yards from Chania Old Venetian Harbor. Free private parking is available on site. more...




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