Crete is an ancient land of myths – of the labyrinth, its fearsome Minotaur, and Icarus, who flew too close to the sun in his attempt to escape. Inhabited since Neolithic times, it was the center of Europe’s oldest civilization, the Minoan, and over the centuries every major power has passed through and left its mark – Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Arabia, and later Venice and the Ottoman Empire. Chania was at one time a city-state itself, competing with others on the island for primacy. The surrounding countryside features many small and charming villages, green fields of olive and citrus trees, and a rugged wilderness of gorges and caves.
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