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Crete, the island of miracles

Crete, land of Daidalos and Ikaros, is the largest island of Greece, separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea and marking the boundary between Europe and Africa. On Crete, the scenery is constantly changing.
Majestic mountains rise in its centre –the Lefka Ori, Psiloritis, Dikti– full of legends and history, while its plateaus are split by deep gorges, ending up in lush valleys.
This island’s fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development of one of the most important civilizations on earth, the Minoan (2800-1150 B.C.).
With its clear, warm sea, boundless beaches lined with tamarisks and mild starry nights, Crete is an idyllic place for vacation but for living as well, in bustling Iraklio, cosmopolitan Aghios Nikolaos, picturesque Rethymno or enchanting Chania.

Greece: Island of Ikaria

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The island of Ikaria is named after the famous myth of Ikaros, who drowned in the surrounding sea when he tried to fly as far as the gods and got burnt by the sun. This island of the Eastern Aegean Sea sports wild beauty, breathtaking panoramas, therapeutic hot springs, quaint villages, truly unspoiled seas as well as superior tourist accommodation. A rarity amongst the islands, Ikaria has remained true to herself and to the ways of her people- the friendly and humorous Ikarians. Tourism on Ikaria reflects a balance between nature, freedom, time and development.   For the successive year, the Icarus Festival for Dialogue between Cultures is taking place on the island. This year the festival is dedicated to violin playing.