Flora and fauna of Crete

Crete, the largest Greek island, is known for its historical importance and its beautiful beaches. However, it is also home to an amazing biodiversity that makes it stand out.
The island’s flora is diverse and fascinating, from Mediterranean vegetation to endemic species. The vineyards, olive groves and orange groves give the island a special charm. The flora of Crete is represented by a variety of flowers: blue and red bells, hydrangeas, daffodils and orchids. It is worth noting that Crete is home to many endemic plants found only on the island, such as the Cretan tulip, the Cretan oak and the Cretan snakehead, attracting nature lovers from all over the world.

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

In terms of fauna, Crete is famous for the diversity of its fauna, with rare bird species such as the Cretan heron and the Cretan kite. The conservation of the Cretan wild goat, known as the kri-kri-kri, is a symbol of the island’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage. In addition, the underwater world of Crete is a diver’s paradise, with dolphins, sea turtles and a variety of fish living in the waters.

Goat on the edge of a cliff

Goat on the edge of a cliff

For those considering investing in property in Crete, the island’s natural treasures are also an important consideration. Villas, houses and apartments set in picturesque landscapes of olive groves, mountain slopes or on the coast offer a unique combination of comfort and harmony with the environment.