The Wonder of Crete

Blessed with nature’s best, Crete is very much a nation of its own when it comes to its history, geography, economy and traditions. The Cretan people are aware of their legacy and continue to rise up to the challenge of delivering first class quality in its products and services.

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BC), the first civilization in Europe and the first European country to have a palace with a kingdom which was located at Knossos.

The island of Crete enjoys an extremely rich topography. A high mountain range crosses from west to east, leaving in its trail an incredible wealth of valleys, caves and gorges, including the world-famous gorge of Samaria around which the original Olivéma olive groves are located. Further natural gems include major rivers and freshwater and sweet-water lakes, all of which provide the perfectly rich and natural backdrop for the island’s olive tree cultivation.