Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary’s gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
The largest and most southerly of the Aegean Islands is the island of Crete. It was home, for many centuries, to the Minoan civilization. Some archaeologists suggest that this civilization was eradicated by a huge tidal wave which resulted from the eruption of a volcano on the island of Santorini, several hundred miles to the north. Crete is most famous for the archaeological excavation of Knossos, the seat of the Minoans. Be sure to include Crete in your Greek adventure for at least the following reasons:
1. Knossos was a Bronze Age city and home to an incredibly sophisticated and resourceful culture, known as the Minoans. The city was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900 and for many years thereafter.
2. Evans was criticized for recreating some of the structures, even coloring them as they would have looked during the heyday of the Minoans.
3. Barrels which once contained stores of olive oil have also been reassembled to give visitors concrete images of some of the elements of this rather advanced society.
4. The city of Heraklion is the typical entry point for visitors to this fascinating island.