Emergency Hospitals, Pharmacies, Doctors: 14944
Fire Brigade: 199
Emergency Intervention of the Port Authority: 108
Εuropean Emergency Number: 112
The European Emergency Number was created to serve the citizens on a 24 hour basis in case they need help, no matter in which country of the European Union they need it. The call is answered immediately by a specialized professional, with whom you can communicate in one of the basic European languages. The call from a fixed phone, a mobile phone, a telephone box or a public telephone appliance is without charge. The European Emergency Number also operates in Greece and serves the visitors of our country. The number operates within the range of any mobile telephony network, even if your own network does not function in a specific area, provided there is coverage by another network.
For more information visit the website of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection: www.gscp.gr
1. New Year’s Day: January 1st
2. Epiphany: January 6th
3. Ash Monday: 48 days before Easter
4. Independence Day and Annunciation: March 25th Easter: Good Friday to Easter Monday
5. Resurrection: Easter Day
6. Workers’ Day (May Day): May 1st
7. Whitsun: Is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
8. The Assumption: the 15th of August
9. October 28th
10. Christmas: December 25th -26th
The morphology of the Cretan earth is described as intensely mountainous, with an imposing mountain range that crosses the island from the west to the east. The mountains defining the morphology of the island are the “Lefka Ori” with a maximum altitude of 2.452 meters, the Psiloritis, with a maximum altitude of 2.456 meters and Mount Dikti, with a maximum altitude of 2.148 meters. To realise how intensively mountainous Crete is, it is enough to observe the Lefka Ori, the most extensive mountain range, with more than 50 summits of more than 2.000 meters altitude.
The large and impressive plateaus, like Omalos, Askyfos, Niatos, Nida and Lasithi, the numerous gorges, the swallow-holes, like that of Omalos, the cliffs and numerous caves, like the cave precipice of Gourgouthakas (the largest in Greece, and, having depth of about 1.200 meters, one of the deepest in Europe) complete the mountainous and wild profile of the geomorphology of the island. In the Lefka Ori alone, more than 1.500 caves have been recorded, as well as the three deepest precipices of Greece. In Crete there are more than 5.000 recorded caves.
More specifically, as regards gorges, Crete could be well characterised as the land of the gorges. The formation of gorges is very important, from geological and environmental view, and is the result of the combined effects of the water, the limestone rocks that are prevalent on the island and the tectonic movements of the area, as the plate of Africa is sinking deeply under the European plate, causing intense pressures to the Hellenic Arrow. The vicinity of Crete to the convergence point of the tectonic plates has caused, over the geological years, important elevations of the soil, the most characteristic being the 9 – meter elevation after an 8 Richter scale degrees earthquake in 365 A.D.
The gorges of Crete, basically orientated from the north to the south, cause awe and amazement. They have very special soil, biodiversity and local microclimatic conditions. The most famous of them, the gorge of Samaria, is about 16 kilometers in length and is one of the largest gorges of Europe. It is an internationally recognized place of environmental and cultural importance. Apart from the gorge of Samaria, there are many more impressive gorges one can visit and cross in Crete: The gorges of “Imbros”, “Aradaina” and ”Agia Irini” in the regional unit of Chania, the “Kourtaliotiko” in the regional unit of Rethymno, the “Agiofarango” and the gorge of “Karteros” in the regional unitof Heraklion, the gorge of “Cha” and the “Gorge of the Dead” (or gorge of “Zakros”) in the regional unit of Lasithi.
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Post Offices: Monday-Friday 7:30 – 14:00
Banks: Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 14:30 and Friday 8:00 – 13:30
Shops are open on Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 – 15:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 – 14:00 and 17:30 – 21:00, Saturday: 9:00 – 15:00. In touristic areas during the summer months shops have free working hours.
Although pharmacies have free working hours they are usually open from 08:00 to 14:00 on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday,Thursday and Friday they are also open in the afternoon from 17:30 to 21:00. There are also emergency pharmacies which are open 24 hours and at weekends. You can find the lists of them on the doors of all pharmacies.
For more information visit the website of the Hellenic Tourism Organization:
The circular M.F. 3111.10/1/93/20-05-93 of the Direction of the Port Police of the Ministry of Shipping explains that the above mentioned prohibition does not include remote areas.
Amateur – athletic fishing is governed by the provisions of Presidential Decree (131A), as well as by Regulation (EC) 1967/2006. Hobby fishermen must have individual fishing permits issued by the Port Authority. From this obligation are exempt the amateur fishermen that fish from the land (article 232 General Port Regulation).
French Consulate: +30 28210 91191
German Consulate: +30 28210 68876
Consular Agency Italy: +30 28210 27315
Consulate Finland: +30 2810 346202
Swedish Consulate: +30 28210 60605
Danish Consulate: +30 2810 243714