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imagCrete, the largest of the Greek islands, lies to the southeast of the Greek mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 260 km long with a width that ranges from 12 to 60 km.
Crete’s unique geographical position – between Europe, Asia and Africa has shaped its history from antiquity to modern times.
Crete has a modern, rapidly growing economy based on tourism and agriculture, the Cretan people, especially those in small towns and villages still maintain time-honored customs and traditions, including Cretan music played on the Cretan lyra, Cretan dances like the pendozalis, and Cretan food.

The city of Heraklio, is the largest city in Crete and one of the largest cities in Greece. It is situated on the northern coast of the island and accounts for most of the economic activity of Crete. It has a large, busy port and an international airport that receives about 15 percent of the total tourist traffic of Greece. The airport is named after Nikos Kazantzakis, the Cretan writer, poet and philosopher who was born in Heraklio.

Many Venetian monuments still remain in Heraklion, such as the Venetian walls which surround the old part of the city, the port fortress (Koules), the Venetian Loggia, and the Fountain with Lions built by the Venetian governor Morozini in 1628. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklio has exhibits ranging from Neolithic findings (5000 BC) to Roman remains (4th century AD) and is one of the best in the world; there is also a Historical and Ethnographic Museum. Located on the outskirts of Heraklio (5 km from the city centre) is the Minoan palace of Knossos. The famous Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, who became known as El Greco, was born in the nearby village of Fodele.

The city is host to cultural activities with a local, European and international dimension and appeal: art exhibitions, theatre, literary events, international conferences, and scientific meetings. In July and August, the Summer Festival takes place at Kazantzakis Theatre, which is situated in the park near the New Gate. The Festival includes ballet and theatrical performances, as well as classical, traditional, and modern music concerts.

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