Greece has more than 6,000 islands and islets, scattered across the eastern Mediterranean sea. Most are in the Aegean Sea (south and east of mainland Greece), and a few are in the Ionian Sea (west of the mainland). Some are popular tourist destinations, others still remain largely undiscovered by tourists, and many are completely uninhabited. This geographic morphology is an integral part of the country’s distinct culture and a unique phenomenon for the European continent.
Crete is Greece’s biggest island and home to the Minoans — the earliest advanced European civilization. Minoan ruins, scenic coastlines, gorgeous mountains, enticing sandy beaches, picturesque villages, and dramatic caves and gorges are many characteristic of the island. Another important element is its traditional food culture with unique ingredients, like mountain herbs and greens, local cheeses, fresh fish, wine, and the famous Cretan olive oil. Crete is not only an island blessed with rare natural beauty but for many, a culinary destination!
I want to share a few photos from the island of Crete with you all. Sometimes, photos can describe better the beauty and the colors of a country than any words. Would you agree?
The Island of Crete