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General Information About Crete

Crete, the island of surprises and contrasts. High mountains and deep gorges, archaeological sites alongside traditional villages where life continues in a relaxed and friendly way, clear blue seas bordered by golden sandy beaches. Zeus, the king of Greek gods, was born in a cave on Mount idi, the highest mountain. He represented hospitality and his spirit lives on today in the hearts of all Cretan people.

Crete is the largest Greek island. It covers 8,336 sq m with 1.100 kms of coastline. It is considered as one of the most prosperous areas in Greece. Its development has been favored by its geographical location, climate, diverse natural beauty as well as its unique cultural and historical treasures. Crete is renowned for its breath-taking mountain ranges and long sandy beaches running down to emerald-blue seas. This particular geography allow the existence of a large number of rare flora and fauna species, such as the sea lily along the coastal zones, sea turtles caretta caretta in Rethynnon and Eleonoras Falcon falcon Eleonore in Lassithi. In the valleys and semimountainous areas, one can find more than 100 different varieties of flowers and plants, while in the high mountains and deep Cretan gorges the visitor may encounter interesting flora and fauna including the wild goat kri kri, which is found only in Crete.

Crete enjoys perhaps one of the best subtropical Mediterranean climates with over 300 days and more than 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. The light rainy season is normally confined to the period between November and March. Mild temperatures prevail year round.

The population of Crete currently is approximately 600.000 people. The majority of inhabitants live in the four main towns of the island, Hania, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and Heraklion, the capital. The remainder of the population is spread in smaller towns and scattered fishing and mountain villages.
Main Religion : Greek Orthodox
Language : Greek is the official language, but English and German are widely spoken.
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Sea, Sun and Moonlight Ride on Crete
Tour Code: IT-GR-SRCR01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,385.00
Dates: June to September

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Tack: English - Wintec
Horses: Arab, Berber, Thoroughbreds, Warmblo...
Pace: moderate with occasional steep terrain...

Airport: Heraklion International Airport
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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