Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital and the largest city is Heraklion. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065.Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry and music). It was once the center of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe. Crete has very rich and fascinating past. Not only in the famous Knossos Palace, but almost in every corner, you can feel centuries of Crete’s history. The island is one of the most significant archeological destinations in the world.Cretans are very friendly and welcome you with open arms and open hearts. There are many destinations famous for beaches, others for mountains. In Crete you get both. If you’re tired of sun, you can go hiking or chill in one of the stunning island gorges. If you don’t know how oranges, lemons, fennel or rosemary grow, Crete is an immense Botanical Park -Garden and the right place to visit. Its land’s formation and the region’s microclimate are perfect home for fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world. Crete’s cuisine is one of the best in the world. Fresh and aromatic, a heaven for vegetarians. Add in Crete’s fantastic olive oil (always extra virgin, cold pressed!) and a sip of local wine, you will dream of staying in Crete forever. In Crete not only can you taste, but also learn where your food is coming from.