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Set in the south side of the Aegean Sea, the beautiful island of Crete is a unique destination where warm greetings of smiles and genuine hospitality welcome every tourist visiting the stunning island. Crete offers endless possibilities to discover cultural treasures as well as countless sites to visit.

Crete is considered one of the most popular touristic destinations in Greece with unique architectural, archaeological and natural heritage combined with an exceptional touristic infrastructure. Due to its strategic geographical position, Crete is a cultural crossroad with great historic importance characterized as the home of Minoan civilization.

The island is divided into four prefectures: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion andLassithi. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history.

The incredible landscape provides exquisite architectural examples of Venetian and Ottoman rule in the old towns and ports of the main cities. Some of the most important cultural destinations worth visiting at the city of Rethymno are the imposing walls and battlements of the “Fortezza” (Venetian Fortress), the Historical and Folklore Museum, the picturesque Old Town, the Rimondi Fountain, the Venetian harbor, the Gate Guora and many other monuments and attractions. Heraklion, one of the most historic cities in Mediterranean presents the Venetian walls, the Loggia, the central market, the great fortress of Koules, the Archeological museum, as well as Knossos, Phaistos and Archanes archeological sites.

The Cretans are famous for their nutritional habits and the Cretan diet is one of the most nutritious ensuring good health and longevity. The consumption of Cretan products is greater on local olive oil, pulses, fresh vegetables, honey, wine, fresh fruits and cheese.

Enjoy the sounds of the Cretan lyre, a glass of authentic Cretan distilled spirit traditionally known as Raki or Tsikoudia or a glass of wine by the specialists in wine-making.

Crete is the largest island of the country and the 5th biggest Mediterranean Island which lies in the southern frontier of Europe. To the north the island meets the Cretan Sea, to the south the Libyan Sea, to the west the Myrtoon Sea and to the east the Karpathion Sea. It has an exquisite thousand-kilometer-long coast line dotted with numerous coves, bays, and peninsulas with endless sandy beaches as well as numerous sites of interest waiting to be discovered by the adventurous explorers of holiday treasures.

The stunning Cretan landscape includes spectacular beaches, historical monasteries, beautiful gorges, picturesque fishing villages, ponds and rivers as well as dozens wilderness paths and exceptional natural settlements.

Accommodation is crucial in such a wonderful place like Crete to fully enjoy your stay. Aquila Rithymna Beach, Aquila Porto Rethymna and Aquila Elounda Villageare three of the top hotels in Crete that have been honored with the prestigious Gold Travelife Award. As your probably know Travelife is an international sustainability certification scheme. It is a non profit organization that supports an efficient and cost-effective introduction of sustainability principles regarding tourism.Aquila Group is also proud to have received one more distinction for its environmental consciousness and ethics. The Green Key Award which requires the implementation of numerous ecological criteria which all the hotels of the group successfully established at their premises.

TheAtlantis hotel is open all year round offering to its guests several choices of cultural activities, entertainment alternatives and leisure facilities.Experience the stunning and newly renovated downtown meeting facilities at Aquila Atlantis Hotel, exceptionally equipped for any type of conference, convention or event.

Aquila Hotels & Resorts have the reputation of turning moments into precious memories for both leisure and business travelers.

Whether you visit Crete for relaxation or to explore and discover the many well-known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, you will not be disappointed by its diversity.

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