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Journeys : October November 2009
Crete may have been the site of the world's first and most famous labyrinth, where mere mortals were trapped in an inescapable maze of lanes, thoroughfares and passageways. Today, its road system provides no such ter rors -- motorists can comfortably drive to experience all that this, the largest of the Greek Islands, has to offer. The capital Iraklion is the hub for most air and ferry ar rivals on the island. A car hired here allows for comfortable circuits of the island to encounter Crete's history, scenery, beaches and lifestyle. For example, an effortless seventy kilometre drive south from Iraklion leads you to the coastal town of Matala, where a popular and attractive beach is overlooked by a series of impressive sandstone caves, once a Roman cemetery. This town is a good base from which to visit the nearby Minoan r uins of Phaestos and Agia Triada. Minoan civilisation is regarded as one of Europe's oldest civilisations, if not the oldest. Phaestos, less than ten kilometres from Matala, is an impressive r uin with a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. Another of Crete's major drawcards for tourists is the Samarian Gorge. A trek through this eighteen kilometre gorge has almost become a rite of passage for both young and old tourists alike. Unfortunately Amazing place Ian Cole avoids getting lost in Crete Iraklion Matala Destinations October / November 09 20
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