Τετάρτη, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2015

Welcome to Crete Car Hire
Crete Car Rental
Crete car rental best discount and offers by Athenscars car rental for crete   Reserve a car ONLINE at athenscars.gr new website.   *Welcome to Crete car hire. Our Car hire website provides you with useful information concerning car hire in Crete. The economy car rental in Crete. Heraklion car hire and Chania car hire. Find out the lowest rates of car hire in Crete. The economy car rental rates and car rental offers, car hire all over Crete. Excellent car rental offers for Crete! Nevertheless you arrive in Heraklion or any other Crete destimation, we will be able to serve you! Trust the experienced rental car company, the oldest of Crete. Eventhough tax rapidly increased up in Greece, we kept low competitive rates for you.
  Rent a car Crete, Car hire Crete, Holidays in Crete.
  crete car hire reservation   Hiring a car in Crete demands a very trustful and reliable car hire company. You can hire a car at any location of Crete . We deliver cars to your hotel in Crete, Heraklion airport car hire , Chania airport car hire, Heraklion port car hire, Chania port car hire, as well as in Rethymnon and Agios Nikolaos cities. Car Hire Crete : To Hire a Car is better solution than to travel by bus or any other means of transportation in Crete.  " Must you decide on to take every day journey right here whilst on your holidays in Crete then be specific to go to the nearby white sandy seaside. The seaside is ideal for scuba diving and the tourist resort also consists of a nightclub around the seafront. When selecting a holiday place, Crete is certainly one of Europe's best. hire a car and enjoy it's beauties! " Spend memorable vacations on one of world's most quiet place! Thousands of times awarded with Blue Flag for its beaches.
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We Hired a Car in Crete of Greece,July 2009.After checking around for special car hire offers, i decided to make a reservation at Car Hire in Crete -Athenscars....
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Explore crete by car:Crete car rental Guide
Explore crete by Athenscars car rental for crete Driving in Crete is easy and enjoyable.There is only one way connecting  East Crete with West Crete. Athenscars is offering ,to all customers ,a road map of Crete island ,Greece that shows the most important places to visit.The best car rental offers on Crete. Rent a car in Crete and visit the beautiful south coast sea sides and beaches.Crete car hire rates are attractive and discounted during all summer months for Crete car hire.Hiring a car in Crete is a guide to paradise...
AthensCars is the best car hire provider for Crete island. Based on Crete, Heraklion airport and Chania airport, delivers cars to every location including all resorts, ports, offering quality car rental crete services, value for money deals and large Car hire Crete in Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Sitia, Ierapetra, providing car hire solutions since 1973. The leading Crete car hire specialist with free delivery to the airport, all ports and hotels in Crete.

You are in the correct car rental website.Crete is ideal for vacation trips and holiday leisure. It is true the magnificent sightseeing tours, with the hire cars, attract more and more tourists every year. Discover the most far places of Crete in a hire car of AthensCars
Think positive and hire a new car from AthensCars in Crete island. You win a lot more than time and money, you rent a car from the specialists.

Start searching for the best rate by typing the necessary information in the booking form system.  Select the correct hire car for Crete, that suits your needs, to drive to all far destinations! Type the necessary information the reservation requires and press the BOOK button. You will receive an email confirmation and the reservation will be considered as Final.You do not need to provide a credit card deposit to reserve a car from Car hire Crete.

We Pride Ourselves to offer lowest car hire pices and Great Service-Excellent Service- Great Rates from the Crete Specialists! Nevertheless the car type you choose to hire in Crete, we will be on time to the arranged place!
Crete car hire - athenscars is a specialist in making cheap car hire in Crete.It is located close to the Heraklion airport, in the centre of Crete island. 
Crete car hire - athenscars has been established as one of the most reliable and trusted car hire agencies in Crete of Greece with large car rental Crete fleet and great coincern on good deals.
We recognise that for some of our customers, compromise just isn’t an option. That’s why we created the Prestige range of cars that will exceed even the most discerning of expectations.
Featuring vehicles from prestigious names like Mercedes,VW,Subaru,  gives you the chance to love the road in the finest possible environment. Sleek lines, sumptuous interiors and thrilling shows of power mean you can enjoy the perfect driving experience without the slightest hint of compromises or the smallest of corners being cut.
And whatever the occasion, whether business or pleasure, we guarantee a car from the Compact/Luxury will make your day an extraordinary one.
We offer the cheapest car hire in Crete deals with free delivery to Heraklion airport, Chania airport, all ports, all over Crete.
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Mietwagen Heraklion | Günstige Leihwagen auf Kreta | Preisvergleich für günstige Leihwagen | Niedrigste Preise in Kreta | Ohne versteckte Kosten-Hier buchen! | Mit unseren Mietwagen entdecken Sie die Kreta.
Sie suchen einen billigen Mietwagen in Kreta? Günstige Mietwagen in Kreta finden Sie bei athenscars im Preisvergleich. Nutzen Sie unseren Mietwagen-Preisvergleich zur Auswahl des für Sie günstigsten Mietwagen auf Kreta. unsere Autovermietung bietet online super-günstige, neue und vollkaskoversicherte Mietwagen auf ganz Kreta. Vollkaskoversicherung auch absolut ohne selbst beteiligung. Mietwagen Heraklion auf Kreta: Entdecken Sie mit Ihrem günstigen Leihwagen die größte Stadt der Insel Kreta - Heraklion.  Hier Mietwagen-Preisvergleich für Ihren Mietwagen auf Kreta starten und zu günstigen all-inclusive Preisen bei kreta mietwagen buchen. Kreta Reisen, Griechenlandspezialist mit Schwerpunkt Kreta. Reservieren Sie schnell und bequem ein Mietfahrzeug zu attraktiven Internet Konditionen. Mietwagen Kreta gegründet in Heraklion, bieten Qualität Autovermietung Kreta, Sonderangebote und grosse Flotte neueste Modelle an. Vermieten Sie Ihr Mietfahrzeug für Kreta am Flughafen Heraklion oder Flughafen Chania, Leihwagen am Hafen von Rethymnon auf Kreta, und Auslieferung zu Ihrem Hotel auf ...
Mietwagen Kreta: Sie möchten einen Mietwagen Kreta, der billig ist? Bei Kretarent können Sie ihn sofort buchen, Ihren Mietwagen – billig Kreta.
Wir begrüßen Sie auf Kreta, eine der schönsten Inseln von Griechenland!

Willkommen bei athenscars. Auto mieten auf Kreta | Athenscars
ist eine seriöse Kreta Autovermietung mit 39 Jahren Erfahrung. Wir bieten Ihnen autovermietung in Kreta Heraklion, Chania, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos, Agia Pelagia, Hersonisos, Koutouloufari, Gouves, Malia, Ammoudara, Elounda, , Platanias, Agioi Apostoloi, Kreta Flughäfen und Häfen.Mit athenscars finden Sie Mietwagen preiswert und schnell. Bei athenscars holen wir Ihr Auto und legen Sie es am Flughafen "meeting point", schnell und bequem immer mit einem Lächeln!
Wir haben Tausende zufriedene Kunden, eines der ältesten Autovermietungen in Kreta | Kreta mietwagen seit 1973.

Erkennen autovermietung Firma : Unsere autovermietung Büro bietet Mietwagen Kreta für die ganze Insel an. Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno oder Agios Nikolaos.
Unser ausgezeichnetes Preis. Wir versorgen Sie mit qualitativ hochwertigen 24stunden Service, auf ganz Kreta. Lieferung nach / von jedem Hafen, den Flughafen und Hotel auf der Insel ohne Gebühr. Unbegrenzte Kilometer, 24 Stunden Pannenhilfe, neuen Pkw-Modelle und ausgezeichneter Service! frei Sicherheit Sitzte für Kinder, Auto-GPS-Navigator und Land Karten der Kretischen Insel.
Wir sind einer der zuverlässigsten billig und kostengünstig mieten und allgemein anerkannt Mietwagen Kreta unternehmen in der Branche.Eines der ältesten Mietwagen in Heraklion auf Kreta firma.
Buchen Sie Ihr Leihauto für die Urlaubs- oder Ferientage bei einer preiswerten Autovermietung Kreta.Chania, Rethymnon, Sitia, AthensCars | Kreta Mietwagen
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We offer the cheapest car hire in Crete deals with free delivery to Heraklion airport, Chania airport, all ports, all over Crete.
günstige autovermietung kreta
Mietwagen Heraklion | Günstige Leihwagen auf Kreta | Preisvergleich für günstige Leihwagen | Niedrigste Preise in Kreta | Ohne versteckte Kosten-Hier buchen! | Mit unseren Mietwagen entdecken Sie die Kreta.
Sie suchen einen billigen Mietwagen in Kreta? Günstige Mietwagen in Kreta finden Sie bei athenscars im Preisvergleich. Nutzen Sie unseren Mietwagen-Preisvergleich zur Auswahl des für Sie günstigsten Mietwagen auf Kreta. unsere Autovermietung bietet online super-günstige, neue und vollkaskoversicherte Mietwagen auf ganz Kreta. Vollkaskoversicherung auch absolut ohne selbst beteiligung. Mietwagen Heraklion auf Kreta: Entdecken Sie mit Ihrem günstigen Leihwagen die größte Stadt der Insel Kreta - Heraklion. Hier Mietwagen-Preisvergleich für Ihren Mietwagen auf Kreta starten und zu günstigen all-inclusive Preisen bei kreta mietwagen buchen. Kreta Reisen, Griechenlandspezialist mit Schwerpunkt Kreta. Reservieren Sie schnell und bequem ein Mietfahrzeug zu attraktiven Internet Konditionen. Mietwagen Kreta gegründet in Heraklion, bieten Qualität Autovermietung Kreta, Sonderangebote und grosse Flotte neueste Modelle an. Vermieten Sie Ihr Mietfahrzeug für Kreta am Flughafen Heraklion oder Flughafen Chania, Leihwagen am Hafen von Rethymnon auf Kreta, und Auslieferung zu Ihrem Hotel auf ...
Mietwagen Kreta: Sie möchten einen Mietwagen Kreta, der billig ist? Bei Kretarent können Sie ihn sofort buchen, Ihren Mietwagen – billig Kreta.
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Crete island is connected with a road network from the East to the West side.
The main road is playing the "role" of the national road, is easy to drive on.  When driving along main roads, especially, the main east west highway keep to the right side. local drivers are driving faster than should. Other drivers will expect you to use what you may think is the hard shoulder so that they can pass you, there is one main line to the most of the part of the main road. Drivers on Crete are unusually courteous.  You will probably want to avoid bringing a car into the old city areas of Chania and Heraklion, where the streets are very narrow and parking impossible. Check that any map you have is up to date and also beware- if the map says "its a track" it probably is !  Gas is not very expensive and, because of this, cars are small.   In rural areas drivers need to be extra cautious, especially when approaching bends - always expect to encounter sheep or goats or even some small rockfalls. Also its best assume that locals prefer to overtake on blind bends, indicators are rarely used and Give Way signs are often ignored.
 The local companies are less expensive than the international firms.   If you are doing airport pickup and drop-off, be sure to rent from a company that has an airport counter or like our agency that is in the airport Parking area with many vehicles to choose from.
An International driving permit is legally necessary for non-EU citizens. USA and Canadian and Australian visitors donot have to show an International permit to drive.
 Road connecting Chania - Paleochora:
The first 45km are on the National road Chania Kastelli, exit from Travronitis and drive South. The road is old with some new parts, especially bridges, the speed limit is 50-70km/hour. The time  you will need is 1hour 20minutes to drive the 77km distance.
 Road connecting Chania - Katelli Kissamou:
Drive on the E75 national road and within 40minutes you will be in Kastelli Kissamou=42km far from Chania city. The road is good with 70-90km/hour speed limit.
 Road connecting Chania - Omalos mountain - Samaria Gorge:
The road is old, the driving uphill is difficult and the driver has to drive careful all the 42km distance. The Samaria Gorge entrance, is in the end of the road. 
 Road connecting Chania Rethymnon:
Drive on E75 and in 55minutes you will have driven the 65km distance. The road is old but with not many curves.
 Road connecting Chania - Sfakia - Chora Sfakion:
Drive on E75 east, turn from Vrisses conjuction to the south and drive the 75km distance from Chania city. The road is old, narrow with decades curves and naughty local drivers drive fast! There are numerous small wholes in the road. 
  Road connecting Rethymnon - Southern part -Plakias - Agia galini:
The road is very very old, there are numerous curves and narrow parts. the distance between Retymnon-Plakias is 41km only to drive, the time you will need =1hour aprox.
 Road connecting rethymnon - Arkadi Monastery-Psiloritis mountain:
Thereare 3different directions that drivers can use to drive to Arkadi:
a)Rethymnon E75 exit Adele to Arkadi.
b)Rethymnon E75 exit Adele to Arkadi.
c)Rethymnon Hromonastiri-through local road-Adele Arkadi.
The direction from Monastery Arkadi to Psiloritis mountain is small village traditional villages and an amazing sightseeing tour up to Livadia-Zoniana-Axos-Anogeia village!
 Road connecting Rethymnon with Fragma Potamon and Amari region of southern Psiloritisvillages mountain is old and very beautiful!
 Road connecting Rethymnon to Heraklion:
Drive the E75 road to the east, the road is very very old and slippery! The distance is 70km and there are decades curves!
 Road connecting Heraklion - Psiloritis mountain:
Drive through Heraklion city to Gazi village -direction to Tylissos village and drive up to Gonies- Anogeia=40km distance
 Road connecting Heraklion Matala-Festos-Lendas-kali Limenes:
Drive the old road Heraklion - Agia Varvara - Gortys - Moires - Matala=70km distance in 1hour and 30minutes, the road is slippery and with many curves, the speed limit is 50km in most of the direction.
 Road connecting Heraklion Archanes - Peza - Pirgos - Moni - Koudouma:
  Drive the E75 and exit on the Industrial are conjuction to drive the new road to Archanes, after go on the network to Pirgos andMoni Koudouma, the road is new for the first 30km, after there are many curves and points the speed is decreased to 40km/hour. Distance:75km
 Peza village is the connection to drive to Arkalochori and Viannos region of Crete.
 Road Connecting Heraklion - Lassithi plateau:
Drive the E75 road and follow the signs from Mochos drive up to Lassithi plateau and Dikteon Andron cave, the distance is 70km and the time you will need is minimum 1hour and 10minutes. the road until the exit to Mochos is new, the road from Mochos to Lassithi is old with many curves and dangerous turns.
 Road connecting Heraklion -Hersonisos - Stalis - Malia - Sissi - Agios Nikolaos:
drive the E75 to the East, the road has some new paarts , the speed limit is 90km/hours on these oparts, all the other older parts of E75 has 70km/hour speed limit or less! The road is sfae on the new parts only and until the tunnel of Neapolis!
 Road connecting Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai :
Drive the E75, this is the older part and the only one not repaired. There are 4-5new parts and someone caan say it is the most daangerous road, especially when it is raining, of Crete! The distance Ag.Nikolaos-Vai is 100km .
 Road connecting Agios Nikolaos - Ierapetra :
Drive the E75 and exit when you meet the village Pachia Ammos direction to south, the distance is 36km and 35minutes to drive.
Ieratpetra is connected with Makri Gialos through a south east road =25km.
Makri Gialos is connected with Sitia, through a local road=38km distance.
 Crete is the largest island of the Meditteranean Greek part. it has thousands of roads to drive. Estimate each 70km need minimum 1hour to drive!

Δευτέρα, 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Crete Car hire 10 Golden Rules

Crete Car hire 10 Golden Rules

1.Drive carefully through the narrow old city roads.

2.Donot exceed the speed limit of 50km in the cities of Crete and 80km on the high ways.

3.Donot drink and drive,the law in Crete is very strict even if you will be caught with a glass of wine.

4.Donot drive the car on non asphalt roads.Donot drive the hire car on Cretan mountainous roads,there is possibility of car damage underneath.

5.Park your rental car in Crete's parking spaces or inside the hotel parkings.

6.Use the road maps of Crete we supply in order you will make the driving between places easier.

7.Check the hire car before you depart to be sure the tire pressure is correct,lights and fuel level.

8.Donot give the rental car to other hotel residents to drive,insurance covers only the named drivers on the contract.

9.In case of accident,make a phone call on our telephone service station,00302810821424 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 00302810821424 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

10.Enjoy driving,sun and hospitality of Cretan people.We are at any time available for you.

Crete - Insurance - Car Hire - athenscars

Our Insurance Policy/coverages

1.C.D.W. Collision damage waiver insurance with No Excess

2.F.C.D.W.Full Collision damage Waiver Insurance:By Renting a car from Athenscars The client has F.C.D.W insurance in order he will be covered from any damage caused to the vehicle during the car hire period without excess-risk 100%....read more for our car insurance coverages annd policy

2a. When the age of driver is young, lower than 24 years old, may occure a damage risk according to the seleceted car type.In this case, full insurance will not be 100% no risk.

3.Third Party insurance:T.P. client is covered for damages caused to third part.

4.Personal Insurance:P.I insurance is covering the passengers in the hire car.

5.Theft insurance:The cars are always insured against thieves 100%, but not the clients personal belongings.

6.Loss of car keys:The client is not covered in case of loss or stolen car keys, the cost of car keys is covered from the client.

7.Wheels and under side of car insurance: The client is covered by this insurance when driving the vehicle on asphalt road directions only, in any other case, this insurance is not valid .ANY ACCIDENT NOT REFERRED THE TIME IT HAPPENED IS NOT COVERED FROM THE INSURANCE.

8.Glass insurance:The client is fully covered for damages caused on Glass parts of the car 100%.

9.Accident-What is necessary to do when happens:The client has to contact athenscars telephone numbers which are written on the Rental agreement and the Reservation sheet.Information will be given after from the local staff.The car must not be moved from the place of accident until the insurance comes or the local Police of the area.A written statement of what happened must be filled in from the client. An accident has to be reported the time it happened-and not hours or days later.For negligent or drunk driving, or driving under influence of drugs or on unauthorized roads/coated/dusty/land roads,stone roads, driving to prohibited areas/ obvious acts of disregards to the vehicle, the renter will be responsible for the full amount of charges.read more about our car Rental Terms/Policy

Athenscars - Crete - Car Rental Terms

Car Rental Terms & Conditions in Crete:


1.Age of Driver:Drivers age must be minimum ,
21years old to hire cars of A-B Group size:1.0L-1.1L-1.15L
23years old to hire cars of C-D-E Group size:1.2L-1.3L-1.4L
26years old to rent cars of F-F1 Group size:1.5L-1.6L-1.8L-2.0L-2.4L

in order we cover an accident caused to the vehicle, read more about our Insurance Policy
2.When is a reservation completed:The reservation is completed when you receive a receipt email confirming the car type you booked, the car hire rate, the place of pick up and all pick up details from Athenscars With a Reference Reservation NUMBER.If you will not receive such an email-contact us please.

3. Offers:The offers we advertise are current offers-If you are not sure of exact dates of you holidays-Choose an offer of athenscars reserve the car and specify/change the exact dates-time some days before arriving in the destination place.

4.Cancellation policy:The client can cancel the Reservation of car rental without extra charge .
5.Payment Method: A reservations is completed and a car is booked with two ways, with No Deposit of money (payment will be done on car pick up) or the client can reserve a car by using a credit card.The rest amount of money can be paid either with cash or Credit card-Visa-Mastercard-American Express with an extra surcharge that is sometimes up to 3%-5% according to credit card type.

6.Refuelling Charge:The car hire provider-athenscars.gr-will deliver the vehicle with an exact amount of fuel.The return of the car must be with the same amount of fuel.If you have chosen the Full tank service and paid for a Full tank-the retun of car can be with empty tank.

7.Late Night arrival-EARLY morning arrival:If you flight arrives late night hours because of scheduled arrival time or delayed flight arrival-the car hire provider athenscars.gr will be there to wait for you in the arrivals area.There is an extra charge for the airport /port pick up 22.30-07.00=20euro extra.

8.Destroy of the interior of the car is not covered from any Insurance, the client has to keep the interior of the car clean.

9.Baby seat-Booster seats are provided to all Clients-We want you notify us of child/baby age and weight in order correct seat will be placed in the vehicle.

10.A reservation is valid when a client reserves a car and gives all necessary information to become a vaild member of athenscars.gr website car hire in Crete-Greece, it is guaranteed that personal information is not given to third party but are kept , such as address-tel.number and email. if this information is not supplied-reservation will not be valid.

11.Pick up in a hotel:Athenscars.gr is delivering cars to hotels within city limits without extra costs. City limits is considered for a hotel located close to Heraklion or Chania city, any distance exceeding 15km from the city centers i mentioned is charged of extra due to km distance and is never referred in the final cost as Crete has many far places. email us and ask the cost please.

12.Athenscars s.a. is having the wright to cancel a reservation that is made the last 24hours, due to the time needed-minimum 24hours to be a reservation completed, this is done when the reservation arrives to us. To avoid a misunderstanding, we kindly ask you to phone a mobile tel.number service and ask if your reservation is valid, tel.0030 6936790870 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0030 6936790870 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. THERE MAY BE A SYSTEM FAILURE THE TIME YOU RESERVE A CAR, FOR THIS SPECIFIC REASON WE REPLY VERY FAST.

13.ONE WAY RENTALS: Athenscars accepts one way rental reservations, we donot advertise costs for this as each place has different cost to drive and collect the vehicle the last day. For this reason, we kindly ask you to contact us and ask the cost for the one way rental you reserved a vehicle from us please. send a simple email referring your reservation nr. All cars are available for one way Rentals. usual One way rentals are Chania-Heraklion and opposite.In some cases we do very low cost for this or even no cost.

14.Port pick up: athenscars delivers cars to ports, there must be an arrangement for this, as times ferries arrive from Athens are early morning hours. It is necessary to provide the ferry's name or the shipping company you booked with.

15.a) If you reserved a car and the reservation didnot come to your email address-email us and we will send it by forwarding this email reservation to you-if you wrote a wrong email while reserving the car and the reservation will not come to your email address - email us and we will correct the email address and send it to you corrected.

b) If you would like to Reserve a second vehicle(for friends or family members), do not reserve a car with the same information as your own first reservation, write the name of the driver of the second vehicle please, if not the system will reject the reservation and we will be not able to supply the second booked car(because the reservation details will be the same as your first reservation). In this case we have not a responsibility-many customers reserve a vehicle twice or three times in order they be sure the rreservation is ddone successfully(we donot receive credit card payments as a deposit and they consider is better reserving the same vehicle twice-this is the reason we asked you refer another name on the second reservation you may proceed please).

Read more about our Insurance Policy, F.C.D.W. etc

Κυριακή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

CreteCarHire

Minoan Era-Europe's oldest civilization among the centuries.Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilization ; the Minoan, often referred to as the 'cradle' of European civilization. Little is known about the rise of ancient Cretan society, as very limited written records remain, and many are written in the undeciphered script known as Linear A. This contrasts with the superb palaces, houses, roads, paintings and sculptures that do remain. Though early Cretan history is replete with legends such as those of King Minos; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedalus and Icarus passed on via Greek historians and poets such as Homer, it is known that the first human settlement in Crete, dating to the aceramic Neolithic, introduced cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs, as well as domesticated cereals and legumes.Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman EraCrete continued to be part of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine empire, a quiet cultural backwater, until it fell into the hands of Arabs (see Al-Hakam I) in 824, who established an emirate on the island. In 960 Nicephorus Phocas reconquered Crete for the Byzantines, who held it until 1204, when it fell into the hands of the Venetians at the time of the Fourth Crusade. The Venetians retained the island until 1669, when the Ottoman Turks took possession.In the partition of the Byzantine empire after the capture of Constantinople by the armies of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, Crete was eventually acquired by Venice, which held it for more than four centuries. During Venice's rule, the Greek population of Crete, most famously El Greco, were exposed to Renaissance culture. During the 17th century, Venice was pushed from Crete by the Ottoman Empire, with most of the island lost after the siege of Candia (1648-1669) ; this made up possibly the longest recorded siege in history.Modern Greek StateThe Greek War of Independence began in 1821 and Cretan participation was extensive ; an uprising by Christians met with a fierce response from the Ottoman authorities and the execution of several bishops, regarded as ringleaders. Between 1821 and 1828, the island was the scene of repeated hostilities.Shortly after Crete had been left outside the modern Greek state by the London Protocol of 1830, it was yielded to Egypt by the Ottoman sultan. Egyptian rule lasted for ten years, until 1840, when it was returned to the Ottoman Empire on July 3, 1840 by the Treaty of London.Several uprisings between 1833 and 1897 were unsuccessful, while in 1898 Crete became autonomous and remained so until 1913, when it joined Greece officially on December 1, 1913.Contemporary estimates vary, but on the eve of the Greek War of Independence a minority not more than 40% of the population in the island may have been Muslim. Some amongst these were crypto-Christians who converted back to Christianity; many others fled Crete because of the unrest. By 1900, 11% of the population was Muslim -- in the island's historical context they came often to be known as Turks regardless of language, culture, and ancestry. Those remaining were forced to leave in 1924 in the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey.In World War II, the island of Crete provided the setting for the Battle of Crete (May 1941), wherein German invaders, especially paratroops, drove out a British Commonwealth force commanded by General Sir Bernard Freyberg.MACEDONIA (Mακεδονία)Ancient Macedonia (500 bC to 146 bC)Macedonia is known to have been inhabited since Paleolitic times. Its recorded history began with the emergence of the ancient kingdom of Macedon centred somewhere between the northern part of Greek Macedonia and the Bitola district in the south of the present-day Republic of Macedonia. By 500 BC, the early Macedonian kingdom had become subject to the Persian Empire but played no significant part in the wars between the Persians and the Greeks.King Alexander I of Macedon (died 450 BC) was the first Macedonian king to play a significant role in Greek politics, promoting the adoption of the Attic dialect and culture. The Hellenic character of Macedon grew over the next century until, under the rule of Philip II of Macedon, Macedon extended its power in the 4th century BC over the rest of northern Greece. Philip's son Alexander the Great created an even bigger empire, not only conquering the rest of Greece but also seizing control of the Persian Empire, Egypt and lands as far east as the fringes of India.Much of the impetus towards the creation of this common identity was provided by Alexander the Great. Alexander's conquests produced a lasting extension of Greek culture and thought across the ancient Near East, but his empire broke up on his death. His generals divided the empire between them, founding their own states and dynasties - notably Antigonus I, Antipater, Lysimachus, Perdiccas, Ptolemy I, and Seleucus I. Macedon itself was taken by Cassander, who ruled it until his death in 297 BC. Antigonus II took control in 277 BC following a period of civil strife. During his long reign, which lasted until 239 BC, he successfully restored Macedonian prosperity despite losing many of the subjugated Greek city-states. His successor Antigonus III (reigned 229 BC-221 BC) re-established Macedonian power across the region.Macedon sovereignty was brought to an end at the hands of the rising power of Rome in the2nd century BC. Philip V of Macedon took his kingdom to war against the Romans in two wars during his reign(221 BC-179 BC). The First Macedonian War (215 BC-205 BC) was fairly successful for the Macedonians but Philip was decisively defeated in the Second Macedonian War in (200 BC-197 BC). Although he survived war with Rome, his successor Perseus of Macedon (reigned 179 BC-168 BC) did not; having taken Macedon into the Third Macedonian War in (171 BC-168 BC), he lost his kingdom when he was defeated. Macedonia was initially divided into four republics subject to Rome before finally being annexed in 146 BC as a Roman Province.Quite a number of traces of these Doric cities have survived down to the present day: at Prinia, some 40 km from Herakleion, traces have been found on a low hill of one of the most important Archaic sanctuaries of the 7th century B.C.Gortyna, approximately 45 km from Herakleio , was from time to time the most important and powerful city in Crete. Traces of all the periods in the history of the island have been found here. Of particular interest are the inscriptions giving the Laws of Gortyn, which include legislation in family law and the law of inheritance.fter the destruction of the palaces and the collapse of the Minoan culture, Crete was conquered by the Dorians, who sailed across from mainland Greece.The Doric cities of Crete had the same system of government as Sparta, that is, they a senate consisting of the nobility of the city.The towns were protected by walls and each had its own acropolis.The cities could be kept united under the leadership of Knossos, but only when this was necessary for the purposes of repelling some new invader.Crete is an island of significant ancient history and a very popular tourist destination; its attractions include the Minoan sites of Knossos and Phaistos, the Venetian castle at Rethymnon, and the Samaria Gorge, as well as many other natural sites, monuments, and beaches.Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization, the oldest form of Greek and hence European civilization.Today Crete consists of four prefecture, Chania, Heraklion, Rethymnon and Lassithi. 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