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Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, was one of the first civilizations in Europe. The Minoan culture dates back to 2700 BC. The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea surround its sandy beaches and rugged coastline. But this diverse island is also known for its mountains, gorges, rivers and lake. From skiing on water to skiing in powder, deep sea fishing to hiking and mountain biking, your options for outdoor adventures are endless. www.explorecrete.com

"Come and discover this fascinating Greek island. If it captures your heart, don't worry. Come back next year and Crete will welcome you once more with its smiling Cretan sun, the sounds of the Cretan lyre, the scents of orange blossom and jasmine, a slice of cool red watermelon and a glass of iced raki."

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"A complete guide of the island of Crete. Find info for each prefecture as well as a complete list of hotels and studios for your accommodation with full description and rates for all budgets and tastes, from a four star hotel to a simple studio with cooking facilities. In just two steps you will be at your destination."

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"Crete is a paradise for walkers. High mountains and deep gorges, old mule paths and lonely tracks that offer unforgettable impressions for nature's lovers! We offer individual and organized walks to suit the needs and desires of each group and combined programs of walking tours with other activities."

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"Welcome to Crete! The island of Minoan Civilization, who at the Bronze Age was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Come with us into a journey through time, see the beautiful 'today' in Crete with the beautiful villages and coasts, and feel the mighty 'past' through the 2 great Palaces of King Minoa and his glorious age."

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"Diving along steep walls and magnificent rock formations covered with plants and soft corals in the most beautiful colours! The holes and caverns offer shelter to octopuses, moray eels, cuttlefish, lobsters, langoustes, triton snails, groupers and many other wonderful aquatic live." -- crete.dive2gether. com