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The island of Crete

Crete is an enigma. It has been described as the most Greek of all the Greek islands and the Cretans certainly have an intensity that is rare elsewhere. Like the terrain they are rugged, self contained and individual. Cretans are bold and unafraid. Despite the rugged and even violent nature of the Cretans there is a hospitality that amazes. It is that individuality which seems to make them more Greek than others, hence the enigma.

It is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean and because of its size, is very diverse in terrain and in culture but there is something cohesive and individual about it that is quite specifically Cretan despite the diversity.

Her very remoteness from the mainland isolated the Cretans. This isolation, which many of the Greek islands enjoyed until recent years, meant that there are very specific traits associated with each area of the country, nowhere more than Crete however...

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