This island just got it all! Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and the most popular! If you take a closer look on this beauty in the Mediterranean Sea you will understand why. Not only the astonishing landscapes but also the friendly and warm-hearted Cretans make this island a unique and beloved little spot in Greece and of course in Europe. Thousands of tourists visit the island over the spring, summer and autumn months. They enjoy amazing beaches, the most beautiful and clear sea, sightseeing and the Palace of Knossos. Just like every place in Greece Crete is very historical and tourists can be enchanted by its history and myths and of course by the food! Greek food is known to be delicious and the Cretan cuisine is just as tasty, but did you know that the Cretan diet is one of the healthiest in the world? Using fresh green ingredients and wild herbs that grow all over the island the quality of this diet lies in the basic foundation not in complicated sauces. So the Cretan cuisine is quiet special in Greece.
And don´t forget the olive oil and it´s rich flavor and delightful smell. When you wander through picturesque streets the aroma will amplify your holiday feeling and your appetite! And where there is food there will be Ouzo. If you visit Crete you have to try the dry anise-flavored aperitif that is typical for Greece and for sure famous and enjoyed worldwide. If you go out for lunch or dinner you might be surprised because the waiters usually serve a free traditional and often homemade desert after your meal. It is another little trait of the Greek mentality. The people of Greece just love sharing their food and ´feeding´ their guests. If you have the chance to visit a Greek family you will understand 😉 …afterwards you probably won´t be able to eat for at least a day.
But back to the olives: Greek olives are one of the most flavorful in the world. Cretans use the wood of olive trees to craft cutlery, bowls, accessories and much more.
Furthermore Crete has a lot of nature to offer: Many mountains twist and turn their majestic shapes all around the island and in addition the island is surrounded by such a blue sea you will hardly encounter anywhere else. You will see many goats climbing the mountains next to the highways and donkeys carrying the loads of their owners.
If you take a boat trip around the island it´s very likely that you will spot some dolphins as well. Crete just has the charm of the old days combined with such a warm hearted mentality that you will feel at home right away. Inevitably globalisation and the growth of tourism on the island changed Crete. But Cretans stick to their folk traditions and cultural heritage. For example Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity not just at weddings sometimes people start dancing after dinner in restaurants when the music and mood is right.
In your free time you can enjoy hikes, the Palace of Knossos, beautiful beaches with many water activities (snorkeling, jet ski etc.), shopping and restaurants.
If you like warm weather, beautiful sea, beaches, good food, nature, mythology, a lovely mentality and traditions; you can do your internship in Greece and Crete is the island for you!