Crete

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Crete

Crete is the biggest island in Greece and the fifth largest of the Mediterranean Sea covering a land of about 8,000 square km. Its particularly favorable climate makes Cretan land a very fertile one with rich flora and fauna.

Noteably, Crete hosts one of the largest number of different plants in the world as well as one of the largest number of different birds in Europe.

 

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To a journey

A Journey

through time

Apart from its natural wealth, Crete is an island with long history and important cultural heritage and attracts numerous tourists each year. Archaeological findings reveal that Crete was inhabited already since the Neolithic era while the archaeological monuments of Knossos and Phaistos are very impressive and contain significant historical findings.

Crete’s geographical location in the crossroad of three continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa) resulted in the mix of various cultures. This fact along with the long naval tradition of the Cretans led to the development of a distinct culture.

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean

Diet

One basic characteristic of Cretans’ identity is their nutrition habits, the value of which has been recognized globally. Cretan nutrition has the basic characteristics of the Mediterranean nutrition and mainly consists of olive oil, bread, large quantities of fruits and vegetables, and a moderate amount of dairy products and wine. Many Cretan products such as the Cretan olive oil, the wine, the bread biscuits and the honey are either Products with Designation of Origin Protection or Products with Geographical Indication.

Already from the 1960’s the research of the Seven Countries had revealed the beneficiary properties of the Cretan nutrition in health, by finding very low rates of death from cardio diseases in Cretan men. In addition, the Lyon nutrition (diet), the results of which were extraordinary on health improvement and the decrease of deaths from cardio problems, has its roots on Cretan nutrition. Recent studies (2011) showed that the Mediterranean nutrition contributes greatly in decreasing blood pressure, diabetes, and triglycerides, while in 2010 UNESCO recognized the important contribution of this diet in the world.