Geography of Crete
Crete is located on the crossroads of three continents - Europe to the North, Asia to the east and Africa to the south, approximately 100 km from the southernmost point of Peloponnesus, 175 km from the shores of Asia Minor, and 800 km from Africa. 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.