Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete. The capital and the largest city is Heraklion.
The Palm forest of Vai in Crete, in the Prefecture of Lasithi. At the eastern edge of Crete seafront, namely Cretan shores of the Karpathian sea, just north of the village of Palekastro and at a distance of about 20 km from Sitia.
Chrissi, an island 7km long with a maximum width of 2 km, is located 8 nautical miles south of the most southern town in Europe, Ierapetra Crete. The shores of Chrissi surrounded by the Mediterranean's Libyan sea.
Heraklion is the 4th largest city in Greece, and has the largest harbour in Crete, as well as the largest airport. Heraklion airport is also known as Nikos kazantzakis international airport, having taken the name of the most famous author of Crete abroad.
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion.