Crete, the largest and most mountainous of the Greek
islands, is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean
with an area of 8,336 square kilometers (3,219 square miles) and a population of about 650.000.
Crete lies at the point where the continents of Europe,
Asia and Africa meet and is divided in four prefectures:
Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, Lassithi.
The Mountains dominate your view from all angles – to
the West the Lefka Ori or White Mountains contain more
than 52 summits over 2,000 meters high, with Pachnes
(2453m) the highest of the range. Mountain Idi or Psiloritis
Range in the center of the island, contains the highest
summit of Crete, Timios Stavros at 2,456 meters above
sea level. In the east the Dikti Mountain range with
Spathi (2148m) the highest summit of the range as well
as the mountains of Sitia at the eastern end of the island,
form a continuous chain from one end of Crete to the