Prefecture of Heraklion is the largest one of the four perfectures of Crete . It is situated between the perfectures of Rethymnon and Lasithi. It covers an area of 2,641 square klm kai its population reaches 250,000 citizens.The capital of the prefecture is the city of Heraklion, the largest city of Crete with the biggest harbour.
The town of Chania is the second biggest on the island and it was its capital when Crete was intepented state 1898-1913.
It’s a charming town especially the old Venetian Town circled by walls around the old harbor is very lively at the evenings with a lot of lights, bars, cafe restaurants. The narrow winding streets are lined with old Venetian buildings some with coat of arms still visible and souvenir shops. The towns has it’s own sandy beach west of the old harbor but longer and beautiful beaches can be found out of the town.
The prefecture of Lassithi occupies the eastern part of the island and it is divided into 8 municipalities: Agios Nikolaos (capital), Ierapetra, Sitia, Neapoli, Makri Gialos, Lefki, Lassithi (Plateau of Lassithi) and Itanos. The region covers an area of 1,820 square kilometres.
Its population is approximately 75,000 citizens and the principal occupations are farming, stock-breading and tourism. The main products of the Prefecture are cereals, olive oil, olives, carobs and currants, potatoes, oranges and mandarins.
Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete. It is situated between Chania to the west and Heraklio to the east. The prefecture of Lasithi is situated at the eastern-most part of the island. Crete is covered with a dense network of roads with the National Road being its main artery, which follows the northern coastal line from west to east
The town of Rethymno on the island of Crete represents a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and living traditions.