Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is located approximately 100 km south of the Greek mainland. The island is 254 km long and at its narrowest point just by 12 km wide. The island is very mountainous, the highest elevation is in Ida Mountains and measures 2456 meters. The Lefka Ori "White Mountains" in the region Chania measure 2454 m and are covered with snow during the winter months. Because of these mountain ranges, there are some deep ravines, like the Samaria Gorge, and extremely fertile plateaus, some of which are used intensively for agriculture. In summer, the glorious long sandy beaches on Crete's coastline are inviting for a nice swim. The north, around the towns of Chania, Rehtymnon, Heraklion and Agios Nicholaos are touristy very well developed. The South, the extreme west and east and the mountain villages are still quite rural.
With 300 days of sunshine Crete is with Cyprus, one of the sunniest island in the Mediterranean. The summer is hot and dry and temperatures on the north coast rise in July / August to 30-35 degrees. The south of the island usually has slightly higher temperatures than the north. The season begins in Crete, because the charter flight plans, mid-April and ends on the end of October. But flights are bookable all year round. The winter and the low season offer pleasant temperatures and are ideal for walkers and those seeking relaxation. The larger towns on the north coast are recommended in the winter months because even then you will find there is a pleasant bustle.