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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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Plakias
This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
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Kato Daratso
Located within a short walk from the sandy beaches of Chryssi Akti and Agioi Apostoloi, Forum Suites is surrounded by lush gardens with 2 swimming pools, a playground and a mini market. more...
 Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete     
Elounda
Set on Elounda coast, the 5-star Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete combines luxurious accommodation with award-winning cuisine and a state-of-the-art spa. more...
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Spiliá
Nestled in a green plain amongst citrus orchards and olives groves, Spilia Village combines traditional stone-built rooms with modern facilities including gym, free sauna and hamam. more...
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Agios Nikolaos
Featuring a stunning location next to the water?s edge, Minos Beach Art Hotel features an art gallery and an excellent health and beauty center, along with complimentary breakfast and parking. more...
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Kókkinon Khoríon
St. George's Retreat Village is a complex of 9 stone-built apartments surrounded by fruit gardens. It is situated on a mountain slope overlooking Souda Bay and the Aegean Sea. more...
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Chania Town
Located in Chania Town, Elia Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a balcony. It features a snack bar. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. more...
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Rethymno Town
The Macaris Suites & Spa has sea-view suites which are just over 1 mile from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel includes free public Wi-Fi. more...
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Kíssamos
Molos Bay Hotel is just a few steps from the beach of Mavros Molos. Its rooms and restaurant offer astonishing views to the sea. It features a freeform pool with free sun loungers and umbrellas. more...
 Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel     
Chania Town
Just steps away from the scenic Venetian Harbour, Elia Zampeliou Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Chania Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site snack bar. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...
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Agios Nikolaos
Amongst lush surroundings 2 km from Agios Nikolaos, Pleiades is a complex of individually designed villas. Each features a private pool, fireplace, free Wi-Fi and views over Mirabello Bay. more...
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Loutro
Just 16 ft from the nearest beach, Madares is centrally in the seaside Loutro village. It offers units with a private balcony, most overlooking the Libyan Sea, and a restaurant. more...
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Kíssamos
With an outdoor pool and a terrace, the contemporary Nautilus Bay Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Kissamos on the sandy beach of Plaka. more...
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Kato Daratso
Offering a stunning view in summertime and a warm atmosphere in wintertime, Elizabeth Suites are only 4 km from Chania, and 8 km from the Souda bay and port. more...
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Plataniás
Set right on the beach of Platanias, Effi Apartments offers self-catering units with garden or Cretan Sea views and free Wi-Fi access. more...

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