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The inhabited very large island of Crete (local name Kriti - Κρήτη) is located in the country of Greece, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 94.3 km. The surface-area of the island is 8258.8 km2 and is therefore 21.7 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Aegean Sea and the total coastal length is about 988.6 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 260 km by 60 km (maximum width). The island is West - East oriented. The highest point is 2456 meter and is named Idi 2456 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 35.23 (35°13'50.1096), 24.85 (24°50'42.5436).


The population is 621340 and the population density is thus on 74.5 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Heraklion (located in the North of the island). Other places on the island are: Chania (NW), Agios Nikolaos (NO). The island is located in the South-southeast of the country Greece. It is located in the administrative unit Region Crete (local administrative level-name Periféreia - περιοχή ), in the Regional units: 1) Chania 2) Rethymno 3) Heraklion 4) Lassithi (local administrative level-name Nomos - Πειραιάς).
Note: The information described below is partly subject to change. The island is directly accessible from Western Europe by plane. An international airport is present on the island. The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 3166 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. There are ferry connections with car to other (neighboring) island (s). There are also (seasonal) ferry connections for pedestrians (-cyclists) with other (neighboring) island(s). Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.



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