It has an area of 8,300 square kilometres, a coastline of 1,040 kilometres, and a population of over 500,000. It is divided administratively in four prefectures: Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion and Lasithi[?]. It has two significant airports, Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion, and Daskalogiannis[?] at Chania.
Tourist attractions: archeological site at Knossos, archeological site at Festos[?] (Phaistós), the Venetian castle Fortetsa in Rethimno, the Samaria Gorge and many other minor gorges (Agia Irini, Aradena, etc).
Crete was the location of Minoan civilization (3000-1400 BC) one of the first civilizations in Europe.