Crete in pictures


Living on the island of Crete, one sees the island as most tourists never see it -- in autumn, winter and spring. The mountains are covered in snow, the parched earth of summer is covered with greenery soon after the first autumn rains, and when the clouds blow away and the sun shines, the sky and the sea turn a deep blue. These are without doubt the most beautiful days on the island of Crete. I hope, with these photos, to give you some idea of what Crete is like "out of season".

The site is divided into the four prefectures that make up Crete. As the site expands new pages will be added within each prefecture. I plan to keep adding to these photos so come back and check if there is anything new.

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The Prefecture of Rethymno The Prefecture of Chania
The Prefecture of Heraklion The Prefecture of Lasithi


For the first
time in living memory the whole of Crete was covered in snow on Friday
13 February 2004. The following day I took some photos but the only
road that was open was the main road between Heraklion and Chania
so all the photos had to be taken from that road.


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My other sites

Minoan Crete now contains around 500 photos of 60 Minoan archaeological sites in Crete together with a description of each site, site plans and a number of video clips.

Realm of the Maya. In 2008 I spent two weeks in Central America visiting some of the major archaeological sites of the Maya as well as seeing the sights and people of Guatemala. Here are some of the pictures I took.

Karpathos in Pictures contains 34 photos taken in 1988, mainly in the mountain village of Olympos where women still wear traditional costume in their everyday work, and life is lived in a way that no longer exists in other parts of Greece and is probably destined to die out soon on Karpathos itself.

The Parthenon Marbles is a site I created together with my class of Advanced English students in Rethymno, Crete. It gives the history of the Parthenon Marbles, the positions of the British and Greek governments, the British Museum, and contains lots of photos of the Marbles.

Rhodes and Symi in Pictures. In 1988 I spent a week on Rhodes and Symi. Here are some of the pictures I took.

Ian's Home Page contains pages on subjects of interest to me and, I hope, to others. Topics include: the environment, human rights, Crete, music, beer, the campaign against landmines, and the charity, Sightsavers International.