The island of Crete is the largest Greek island with an area of 8336 sq.km. and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It is located in the southernmost part of Greece and has a population of about 600,000 people. The area is divided into 4 districts, which are called nomes. The largest city is Heraklion, which is also the capital of the island.
The island of Crete is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The archaeological sites of the Minoan civilization, the old city and port of Chania, the Venetian castle in Rethymno, the palm beach of Vai, which is the only one of its kind with a natural palm forest, are of great interest to tourists.