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The island of Crete is the largest and most populated of the Greek islands, known for its history as home to the earliest recorded civilization in Europe, inspiring local music, and soulful poetry. The beaches of Crete are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world and claim responsibility for the high tourist volume in the country. Travelers to Crete will find that whether they are traveling in a family, as a couple, or with friends that there is something to entertain everyone in this exotic locale.
The Herakleion Archaeological Museum
The Herakleion Archaeological Museum is easily one of the largest museums in Europe and accepted as the premier authority in Minoan culture, the oldest recorded civilization in Europe. Artifacts span from 7000 BC to Roman times in the third century and have been collected from all over the region. In all, there are twenty-seven rooms dedicated to illustrating Minoan culture chronologically. Visitors will be able to see the progression in the culture from early drawings to sophisticated pre-industrial technology. Tickets are about $10 for adults but discounts are given for children and students. Visit their website for more details: http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh10.jsp.
Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete
This attraction is not only a return to nature but also an immersion into traditional Greek culinary practices. The gardens themselves are stunning—a collection of Mediterranean fruit trees, citrus gardens, vineyards, and local medicinal herbs growing freely. Roaming through the area, visitors will find all manner of wildlife and fauna, from wild birds to farm animals to exotic local creatures found only in Greece. There is also Butterfly World for those that love to see nature’s most delicate natural beauties in their natural habitat. Once you’re done exploring, head to the on-site restaurant and have the chefs whip you up a local dish made with ingredients growing in the gardens. If the food doesn’t take your breath away the view of the serene landscape will.
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