Crete is located on the crossroads of three continents. It is the largest of the Greek islands, and fifth in size among the islands of the Mediterranean, after Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus.
Its maximum length is 260 km from the Gramvousa point in the northwest up to the Sideros point in the southeast, while its width varies from 60 km (from Stavros point to Lithino Cape) to 12 km at the lerapetra straits (gulf of Mirabello to lerapetra bay). Its area is 8,261 sq. km and, together with the islets of Gavdos and Dia, 8,303 sq. km.
The climate is generally gentle and healthy with mild winters and hot summers in the coastal areas. The weather in April is sweet and pleasant and few times the sunlight is suddenly replaced by light rain. In October it rarely rains and the weather is still warm. May and September are generally sunny, but not extremely warm. The summer however is quite hot with June and July being the hottest months of the year and without rainfall. In the mountainous areas the temperature is lower.