Crete is the largest and most popular of the Greek islands, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 13 administrative regions of Greece. The capital, and the largest city of Crete, is Heraklion. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural features (such as its own poetry and music). Crete was once the centre of the Minoan civilization (2700–1420 BC), which is currently considered as the earliest civilization known in Europe.
Today the island’s tourism infrastructure caters to all tastes, and includes a very wide range of accommodation. There are luxury hotels with their facilities such as swimming pools, sports and recreation; smaller family-owned apartments; camping facilities; and others. Visitors reach the island via two international airports in Heraklion, Chania and a smaller airport in Sitia (international charter and domestic flights), or by boat to the main ports of Heraklion and Chania.