What Is the Largest Island in Greece?


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The largest island in Greece is Crete. It stretches about 160 miles from east to west and covers approximately 3,235 square miles. Crete is also the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

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As of 2005, the population of Crete was approximately 630,000, making it the most populous Greek island as well. Heraklion is the largest city on the island and its capital. Crete and its surrounding islands make up one of the 13 regions of Greece. Agriculture and tourism are its economic mainstays. The island of Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization, one of the world's earliest-known civilizations.

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