Crete’s hero is Hercules!
Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece by its historic sights and legends.
Crete is the largest and the most popular island of Greece. It takes up its place in the Mediterranean Sea. It is very easy to approach the island on boat. Crete is surrounded by other smaller islands which belongs to Greece, too.
Beside Cyprus, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, the island of Crete is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
It has an extremely long historical story. It was inhabited in the early centuries before Christ.
In the later Neolithic and Bronze Age period, under the Minoans, Crete had a highly developed, literate civilization. It has been ruled by various ancient Greek entities. That’s why there are a lot of places to visit on the island. Popular tourist attractions include the archaeological sites of the Minoan civilisation and the Venetian old city.
According to several researches, the Palm Beach of Vai is the biggest natural palm forest in all over Europe. It can be a good idea to visit this botanic sight, when the weather is not so hot in the summer.
Nowadays, the island’s tourism infrastructure caters to all tastes, including a very wide range of accommodation. The island’s facilities take in large luxury hotels with their complete facilities, swimming pools, sports and recreation, smaller family-owned apartments, camping facilities and others.
How to travel on the island?
Crete has an extensive bus system with regular services across the north of the island and from north to south. There are two regional bus stations in Heraclion, which is a famous town there.
What about flora and fauna? Who is Hercules?
Crete is isolated from mainland Europe, Asia, and Africa, and this is reflected in the diversity of the fauna and flora. As a result, the fauna and flora of Crete have many clues to the evolution of species.
Common wildflowers include: chamomile, daisy, gladiolus, hyacinth, iris, poppy, cyclamen and tulip, among others. There are more than 200 different species of wild orchid on the island.
There are no animals that are dangerous to humans on the island of Crete in contrast to other parts of Greece. Indeed, the ancient Greeks attributed the lack of large mammals such as bears, wolves, jackals, and poisonous snakes, to the labour of Hercules.
Hercules wanted to honor the birthplace of Zeus by removing all “harmful” and “poisonous” animals from Crete. Later, Cretans believed that the island was cleared of dangerous creatures by the Apostle Paul, who lived on the island of Crete for two years, with his exorcisms and blessings.
Whereas Hercules’s story, travelling to Crete might be the best place to visit with your family. The young children, who like watching Walt Disney Pictures’ movies, feel like spending a week in this island, too.