Mediterranean Sea Life & Reptiles
Links to Other Sites
The links I provide on this page are those that I feel are important as regards Aquaworld's work, or those that I personally recommend to those visiting Crete.
Marinelife & Other Natural History Links
Gaynor, Michaelis and the rest of the team at "The Haven" in Malia do the most wonderful work in assisting cats, dogs and any other animal in trouble. They deserve all our praise - and some help!
Hailing from Holland, Jelger and Maaike are on a mission to capture as many birds and reptiles as possible - capture them in their camera lens, that is! Their digital images are of amazingly high quality due to their painstaking efforts. Well done to both of you!
This institute carries out much important research in a wide diversity of areas concerning the marine environment. It is also responsible for the construction of the largest aquarium in Greece, in Gournes, Crete, which is on-going at the time of writing.
FishBase is a quite amazing collection - photos (which you are free to use), descriptions and info by the tonne - if you need to search for a common name, a scientific one or just potter around in a fantastic "joining together" of fish information - this is the place!
A fascinating site "Dedicated to help record and promote the wildlife of Crete" and best described in their own words: "At present an informal group, open to anyone (anywhere) with an interest in wildlife at whatever level. We will try to help beginners and welcome input from more experienced sources. The main aim of the group is to help record and promote Crete wildlife. This fledgling website is a start."
"Crete is an island full of flowers, many of which are endemic and many of which can now be found in gardens throughout the world. Most famous of all these flowers are the wild, terrestrial orchids which can be found throughout the spring months, growing everywhere in an amazing abundance. Whether you favour daisies, lilies, anemones or crocus, Crete has plenty to offer." Learn more about these flowers and organise trips to see them on this site.
Another wonderful site for people who simply care about nature - Cretan plants and flowers this time! Again, I believe their own words best describe their efforts: "FLORACRETICA is non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation currently in the process of incorporation as a charitable trust in Greece. Our members are not all scientists or even botanists; the majority are just interested in the plant life here and come from all sorts of backgrounds. Our logo is the rare and endangered Androcymbium rechingeri, the Minoan Lily." A must for botanists of all shapes and sizes!
Want info on how to make salt water for aquarium that bests suits aquarium plants & fishes? Visit Ardb.com - a forum to get useful info regarding fish water aquariums!
General Interest Links
The Cretico team, a group of young people who specialize in Cretan holidays through holiday homes.
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Lou Duro - a New Yorker who has resided in Crete for many years and who is a great poet, story-teller and friend. I recommend you read his coming of age novel set in 1950's New York - "Be Bop A Lula" - and his books of poetry, "the sadness of happy times" and "if you ever loved a married man" (co-author). They are all available at Amazon. You can also follow his blog or join him on Facebook.
Discover Crete - All about the island of Crete - Greece - Summer holidays
Zorbas Beach apartments Gournes, Crete, Greece is the perfect place to go if you would like an unforgettable holiday on Crete. Accommodation and apartments in Crete, excursions and travel information about Gournes Crete Greece.
"Explore Crete" is the most interesting web guide to Crete that I've seen to date. Stacks of information and growing daily. Well worth a visit if you're planning a holiday here!
More than 2.500 photos with detailed descriptions of all the lovely places on the island, big link directory, messageboard, panorama photos and even shots from space ...
A site I hadn't come across before, but which seems to be well on the way to becoming a significant guide to Crete. Plenty of useful information, well laid out in an easy-to-follow style and with large numbers of high-quality images. The site includes a comprehensive guide to Cretan wildlife and descriptions of/links to numerous conservation projects. Well worth a visit!
"MyTravelGuide" also offers a mine of information regarding your holiday in Crete. The link above takes you to the Hersonissos page, but you can browse around for details about many other destinations on the island, too.
"Crete by Greeka.com" is another site which seeks to offer an alternative view of holidaying on Crete, or in Greece in general. The site operators tell me that the images of Hersonissos will be updated and improved shortly.
Stigmes is an online magazine devoted entirely to Crete. Certainly worthy of a look if you're planning a holiday here!
Interkriti offers a very sophisticated, commercial guide to Crete and has a search facility to allow you to explore many links.
Living in Crete takes a rather different stance - that of a compendium of information for those non-Greeks who might wish to settle in Crete. As such, a treasure-trove of information!
Bob Bayes helps out at Aquaworld on a daily basis, but isn't just an aquarium lover. He is also a highly talented and qualified gardener who writes regular features on Mediterranean gardening in the Ko-Go Khronicles. So, if you need help with your garden design or maintenance here in Crete - he's the guy for you!
Crete for Life is a charitable organization based in Greece whose aim is to host children in need who are victims of war, chemical and natural disasters. By means of therapeuthic holidays on the island of Crete, this charity hopes to help restore their health and their spirit - a worthwhile cause in anyone's language!
Barbaros Yachting offers Crewed Yacht Rental, Cabin Charters and Bareboat Charters in Turkey & Greece. Sail as a group, couple or as a single along the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts.
Brits in Crete
Online comprehensive travel directory of world quality travel and tourism related websites. Search or submit travel resources here, complete resources for travellers.
We provide weather reports for Crete
Informative website written in English, Dutch & Greek. Mainly about the south-eastern town of Mirtos but with information and photographs from further afield.
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