Video: Crete as you've never seen it

Agia Galini - Crete

Cute Creta from joerg daiber on Vimeo.

Crete is Greece's largest (and arguably most fascinating) island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Visitors particularly love it because of its remarkable history, which is evident across the island, from the mountain village of Krista with its beautiful Byzantine church, to the former leper colony of Spinalonga.

Top sites for any visitor include the Samiaran Gorge on the west coast and Knossos, an excavated Minoan town that is considered Europe's oldest city.

The clever little tilt-shift video above gives a quirky look at some of the island's best bits. If it inspires you, check out our slideshow below for even more reasons to go Greek in 2014...

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Video: Crete as you've never seen it
After 13 years of development, the museum will open its doors to the public at the former site of the legendary Athenian brewery Fix in the spring.
Beginning in May, BA will serve the islands of Mykonos and Santorini with direct flights from London Heathrow.
If you want to recreate the famous syrtaki dance scene of the Oscar-winning film (originally released in 1964), head to Stavros beach outside Chania, Crete.
You can see evidence of the previous British (and earlier French) administration all over the main towns of Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia and the other islands off the western coast of Greece.
Greece’s biggest and most famous student town is given the appropriate title for 2014. Aristotle University has more than 80,000 students, more than any other academic institution in the country.
Recently chosen as one of the top three museums in the world, the Acropolis Museum features nearly 4,000 objects on display, while the Parthenon hall has the same orientation with the world-famous temple on the Acropolis hill.
The long-awaited sequel 300: Rise of an Empire premieres in March, while two movies are currently in development inspired by the adventures of mythical hero Hercules, both due to hit our screens later in 2014.
Hailed as 'unforgettable, dream games', they left Athens with significantly improved infrastructure, including a new airport, metro network, ring road and a pedestrianised archaeological promenade that changed the look of the city centre.
The first diving parks to operate in Greece will be open by summer 2014. The country is investing in developing diving tourism and the two parks will be the first underwater archaeological sites open to visitors. The parks will be located near the historic coastal town of Pylos in the southwestern Peloponnese, which is home to a number of ancient shipwrecks.
The Aristotle’s Walk, the first of eight historically-based trails in the peninsula of Chalkidiki in northern Greece, begins at the Natura 2000 network at Aristotle’s Grove and concludes at ancient Stageira in Olympiada, the philosopher’s birthplace. The 22km trail follows the path of the Aristotelian Mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. The next seven trails will be launched later in 2014, with Xerxes' Walk the second route to be introduced.
A new method of travelling, by seaplane flights, will be introduced to Greece next year, with the first dedicated waterway, on the island of Skyros, due for completion in the first quarter of 2014. Greek company Hellenic Seaplanes, which has already received the green light from the island’s port authority, is carrying out the necessary procedures to obtain a license for the construction of a waterway at Linaria port. The waterway will seek to connect the southernmost of the Sporades islands with a number of destinations across the country, including the soon-to-be announced central seaplane base in Athens.


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