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Crete - once the centre of the Minoan civilization - is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.

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May is the best time to travel to Crete as the island isn't crowded and nature is at its best. At this time of year you'll find a luscious green Crete, full of wild flowers.

Visit the island again in October and you'll notice the difference; it's dry everywhere! The summer sun, that so many visitors come to Crete for, has taking its toll on the nature.

The weather in May is perfect for hiking and other outdoors activities as the average temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius.

You don't even need to have a room booked before the main season. Just arrive on the island, rent a car and explore an uncrowded Crete.

Locate the town you want to spend a few days in and ask around - to find a really nice room.

Asking questions is a perfect way for you to find any kind of information you need. Just be polite and greet people heartily. Learn how to say "kalimera" (good-morning).

Everybody likes to hear a couple of words in their native language from foreign visitors. Finally, use your instinct and imagination. Buy a good map and choose the places that inspire you. Fill your car with petrol and enjoy.

Meta-Travel Members By Explore Crete.

An Introduction to Crete:
Crete is one of the 13 regions of Greece and the southernmost district of the European Community. It is the largest island in Greece and the second largest (after Cyprus) in the East Mediterranean.

Crete Tournet:
Background information for those planning a holiday in Crete.

Crete Hotels and Rooms.

Crete Travel:
After returning to Crete many times, Roger and Lina finally decided to live in Crete, in 1999, and bring the delights of the island to the world - through the Internet.

Explore Crete:
Experience the real Crete with this multi-contributor guide - covering archaeology, ecology, beaches, sightseeing, photos, books, reviews, hiking, scuba diving and local recipes.

KTEL Hania - Rethymnon:
Fast and reliable bus service used by tourists and locals alike.

Sougia Info:
The small village of Sougia, in the south-west of Crete, has managed to remain unaffected by the growth of tourism in Crete. It is still a peaceful haven, with a long beach, plenty of good accommodation and great places to eat, all at prices below those found in most of the island.

The Gorge of Samaria:
The gorge of Samaria is the second most popular tourist attraction in Crete (after the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. More than a quarter million people walk through the gorge every year from beginning of May to the end of October.

West Crete:
A guide for independent travellers to Crete who want more than just lying in the sun at an anonymous resort they saw in the brochure.

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