largest island has the dubious distinction of playing host
to a quarter of all visitors to Greece.
Crete nurtured the very first civilization on European soil,
the Minoan, an advanced, graceful, peaceful and inventive
which flourished from 2800 to 1450 BCE. The palace of Knossos,
just outside Crete's largest city, Herakleion, is the
most magnificent of Crete's Minoan sites. The other large
towns, Chania and Rethymno, are packed with
beautiful Venetian buildings. Four mountain ranges lend the
island a dramatic grandeur. The White Mountains in the west
are vast enough to hold the Gorge of Samaria, the longest in
Europe. Most of the places listed here are located in Central
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