Crete is the largest Greek island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating it from the Libyan Sea and North Africa. The small island of Gavdos just off Crete is the southernmost border of the European Union. Crete’s biggest cities are Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra. The island has the earliest recorded civilization in Europe and its magnificent coastline is a stunning 1,046 km (650 miles) long. The east and west of the island is divided by a high mountain range formed by three groups of mountains: the White Mountains 2,452 m (8,045 ft), the Idi Range 2,456 m (8,058 ft), and the Dikti Mountains 2,148 m (7,047 ft). The island has three airports, two of which serve international routes. Alternatively, the island can be reached by ferry from Athens and other islands as well. Crete is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, catering to all tastes and preferences, and with a very wide range of accommodation: from luxury hotels with top facilities to camping beneath the stars on idyllic beaches. You will discover that Cretan cuisine is also irresistible with an array of fresh local products and vegetables, grown and produced on the island.