Crete: from myth to reality
“Ah, Greece! My soul’s dream!” that is how Russian poet Sergey Yesenin confessed his love for Greece. Greece is love at first sight; it’s conquering, unforgettable, unique.
Many of those who visit Hellenic land for leisure or business reasons get closer acquainted with this blessed country and decide to buy property in Greece.
Crete is an island with a 5-thousand-year history, a place of unique centuries-old sights and monuments filled with myths. It is a land of deep traditions, kept by the Cretans and anxiously transmitted to new generations. The friendly sun illuminates this piece of Greece for more than 300 days a year; the island attracts us with its marvelous sea views and numerous beaches, and impresses with the mountains’ outlines. Here you will visit charming villages and maybe even stay as a local resident, in case you decide to buy property in Crete.
The largest and most southern island of Greece
Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island is washed by the Aegean (Cretan), Ionian and Libyan seas.
Once there were important trade sea routes connecting Europe, Asia Minor, and Africa. The location features turned out to be the decisive conditions for the development of the Minoan civilization (2800 – 1150 BC), which gave a start to the culture of ancient Greece as well as the future European culture.
Today, the population of Crete is over 620 thousand people. The island is large enough to choose a place under the sun and own housing, to buy a house or villa in Greece.
The area of the island is 8 300 km2, the length is 260 km. The width in different parts of Crete ranges from 12 to 60 km, and the coastline makes up for more than 1 000 km.
There are 35 small islands located near the coast, including the inhabited Gavdos. Islands such as Pondiconision, Imeri-Gramvousa, Spinalonga, Diya, Koufonisi, Chrissi and others are very popular among tourists; in order to get there, you can take a boat trip or order a tour. In any season, you can rent a house in Crete and explore both the island and the marine surroundings.
History and mythology of Crete
In the centuries-old history of Crete, legends and reality, ancient gods and Minoan civilization are closely intertwined.
Cretan civilization got its name from the mythical king Minos – the son of the Zeus and Phoenician princess Europe. The almighty Zeus, who assumed the appearance of a white bull, brought the kidnapped Europe to the land of Crete. This is where Minos established the state which gave the name to the whole era. This is where Athena was sending sacrificial victims to the mythical monster Minotaur. And this is where Daedalus, the servant of Minos, built the famous Labyrinth of the Minotaur.
Minoan civilization was distinguished by stable trading traditions and developed religious customs. The Minoans drove a lot of trade routes to different states, including ancient Egypt, Sicily, Asia Minor, Phoenicia, Syria. Crafts flourished: beautiful ceramics, wall paintings, frescoes, and amazing buildings were created. Fragments of some palaces such as Knossos, Malia, Zakros, Fest, have survived to this day.
Cretan regions and capital
The summer season in Crete lasts from 6 to 8 months depending on the area of the island. From east to west, the island is divided into four geographical regions: Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania and Lasithi, with subregions.
Each region is distinguished by specific climatic features, natural conditions, beaches, attractions and local architecture. That is why property prices in Crete depend on the region.
The Cretan capital – the city of Heraklion (over 140 thousand inhabitants), is located in the central part of the island. Such location is convenient from an administrative point of view, and for transport accessibility to the other regions.
In Crete you can find a prestigious residential complex. Greece is always in the top preferences when choosing a dream home!
Transport connection to Crete
Due to the transport accessibility, it is always the right decision to buy a villa, house, apartment in Crete. There are all year round daily flights to the island from Athens and Thessaloniki, and in the summer season there are direct flights from major cities of Russia, Central Europe, Scandinavian countries as well as some other destinations.
Cretan international airports:
- Heraklion (Nikos Kazantzakis);
- Chania (Ioannis Daskalogiannis);
- Sitia (Vycendzos Kornaros, charter flights).
A new major international airport is being built in Castelli.
There are several important seaports on the island: Heraklion, Souda (Chania), Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Rethymno on the north coast, and Ierapetra in the southern part of the island. There are numerous marinas along the seacoast that host various types of yachts. This is a convenient factor for those who are interested in renting a villa in Crete.
Higher Education and Healthcare in Crete
A large island with stable transport connection to the Greek mainland as well as other countries is a tempting option for those who are looking for a place for studying. There are three major universities in Crete. Studying in Greece can take place in:
- University of Crete (branches in Heraklion and Rethymno) is ranked among the best universities in Europe in 2019. Faculties: philosophy, social sciences, pedagogy, natural sciences and technology, medicine;
- Technological Institute of Crete (branches: Heraklion, Ierapetra, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos). Faculties: business and economics, medicine, technological, applied sciences, agriculture, dietetics, tourism, trade and administration;
- Polytechnic University of Crete (Chania). Faculties: technology and management, electrical and computer engineering, architecture, etc.
There are state hospitals in Heraklion, Hersonissos, Agios Nikolaos, Sitie, Rethymno, and Chania. The General University Hospital of Crete is recognized as one of the best in Greece (Panepistimiako Nosokomio Kritis).
Buy a house in Crete and live like Greek
Here, on the island of the ancient gods, we offer you to buy or rent real estate in Greece, enjoy the beauty of the island and experience the Cretan flavor!
Crete is an island of investments, great opportunities with high potential, due to its long summer season, a combination of favorable seaside climate, mountain air, diverse nature, crystal clear sea and beaches marked with EU Blue Flags, local agriculture, ecological agronomy, and development prospects for a business.
It is important to choose a reliable real estate company designed to take care of everything, from finding a property in Greece to solving legal issues.
CRETEDOM will provide comprehensive assistance in purchasing property in Crete or buying/renting commercial premises in order to start your own business!