Greek boat, responding to muffled gentle slapping of waves on board, gliding toward the shore. And the beach this fabulous country appeared ancient heroes. We returned to Crete with a tour of the island of Spinalonga, where the admired of the ancient Venetian fortress. Cretan shore … That's the way it should stick to it, rather than fly on an airplane, I thought. Crete is definitely a really fabulous island with a rich history, beautiful weather and perfect conditions for recreation. And the first tourist to the island of Crete can be regarded as Zeus. Turning the bull, he kidnapped a beautiful and brought it to Europe is here.
Divine calculation was accurate. Even finicky princess so struck by the beauty of exciting Islands, in the end she had conceived a love of the formidable leader of the Greek gods are not somotrya on the tradition of the muzzle is not never. So the rest of Crete, as they say, Zeus commanded. Now comfortable hotels built on almost the entire coast. In Crete, there is no industry, except maybe a small little factory for processing fruit. Cretans enjoy all year round the cleanest air and most transparent sea. By area, the island quite small – about three hundred kilometers in length and much smaller in width. However, it is washed immediately four seas: Aegean, Ionian, Cretan and Libyan.
Each of them involves some kind of a beautiful legend. But despite its relatively small size (especially for us who are accustomed to Russian gigantism), Crete is the largest Greek island with a rich and ancient history. Long before our era there developed a of the oldest civilizations of mankind – the Minoan. In those days it was born in Crete, history, culture and religion of the ancient Greeks. The Minoan civilization was killed by a terrible eruption, so that the memory of her remained only in ancient legends. But in the early twentieth century, archaeologist Arthur Evans, who conducted excavations at Knossos, has opened around the world remains of this ancient culture. Of course, in the summer heat better than spending time at the beach than in Nepal. Still, coming to the island, it would be a sin not to go on an excursion to see at least some of its legendary attractions. For example, the palace of Knossos, built four more goals ago. There were so many rooms that over time his name – Labyrinth – became a household word. And, as they say the ancient Greek legend, the Athenian hero here Theseus killed the monster Minotaur. Except Visit the ancient Knossos Phaistos, where the hill is spectacular palace in the capital island of the times of Roman rule Gortyn. History buffs will find white water rafting, and on this legendary island actually a lot of interesting places. But even one who is indifferent to the mysteries of history, in Crete will not be bored. Almost every city is ancient, but still active male and female monasteries, ancient fortresses. Anyway, every Cretan town so unique that any walk on it becomes unforgettable.