Crete is located at 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 Gramvousa in the northwest up to Sideros in the southeast, while its width varies from 60 km (from Stavros to Cape Lithinon) to 12 km at the lerapetra Straits (from the Gulf of Mirabello to lerapetra Bay). Its surface area is 8,261 sq. km and, together with the islets of Gavdos and Dia, reaches a total of 8,303 sq. km.
The climate is generally mild and healthy with clement winters and hot summers in the coastal areas. The weather in April is lovely and pleasant, though, occasionally, sunshine can suddenly give way to a gentle drizzle. In October it rarely rains and the weather is still warm. May and September are generally sunny, but not too warm. The summer, however, is quite hot with June and July being the hottest months of the year, with no rainfalls. In mountain areas the temperature is lower.