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Aerial Tour of Crete

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Crete 2019


Here's a magnificent aerial tour of the Greek island of Crete, compliments of The video features some amazing footage from along the coastline of the island, the Mediterranean's fifth largest. In addition to Crete's stunning beaches (including Balos Beach), the video features bird's eye views of some of the island's other hallmarks, such as its hilltop forts and shipwrecks. Other spots featured include the tiny island of Elafonisi, the capital city Heraklion, and more. This video won DVOW in July, 2019.

Drone Views of Crete

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Crete by Drone!


Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the 100 largest islands in the world.  The island is home to numerous ancient ruins and stunning white sand beaches.  Contributor and pilot Mitch Pappas used his drone to create this brief but altogether memorable aerial tour of the island which has been occupied for several millenia.  Crete was the home of the Minoan Civilization, generally considered Europe's first indigenous proto-empire.

Around Crete by Drone

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Crete - The Rural Beauty


Check out these amazing aerial views of the fabled Greek island of Crete, compliments of AirVuz contributor fakefaketv.  The video features footage from the following spots on the fifth-largest island of the Mediterranean by land area: the harbor city of Chania, on the island's northwestern coast; the lagoon and beach of Balos, a half-hour northwest of Chania; the island of Elafonisi, off Crete's southwestern coast; the mountain masif of Psiloritis; the southern coast village of  Matala; and the western mountain villages of Elos and Topolia.

Crete Drone Tour

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Shades of Crete

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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is ancient, majestic, and mysterious. The most populated island in Greece and the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean by land area, it is known for its fine-sand beaches and white mountains like Mount Ida. According to Greek mythology, Mount Ida is the birthplace of Zeus, God of Thunder, while Heraklion, Crete’s capital, is home to the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Drone pilot Wilman gives us an aerial tour of the island he recently visited in this fabulous, 4K video.

Crete from Above

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Amazing Crete

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This aerial film of Crete documents cinematographer Giorgos Dadanas’s journey to the island in August of 2018. Greece’s largest island is known for its terrain, archaeological sites and museum, and traditional architecture. The island, which is home to some of the oldest ruins in Europe, is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica.  It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, with over 2 million tourists visiting per year.  

Crete's Island of Lepers

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Island of Lepers: Spinalonga, Greece


Contributor Grigorelis created this memorable drone video of a little-known Greek island called Spinalonga.  Located just a few meters/ft from the island of Crete, Spinalonga wasn't originally a separate island.  It was created by the Venetians, who controlled Crete for a time and "disconnected" Spinalong from the thin peninsula which had connected it to the Crete mainland, building a large fortress upon it.  In the 20th century, Spinalonga served as a leper colony, the last such instance to remain active in Europe.

Crete's Notorious Prison-Fortress

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Drone Shots Episode 9: Itzedin Fortress (Chania)


Contributor Taleporos created this aerial view of a famous  Ottoman fortress on the Greek island of Crete.  Izzedin was built on Souda Bay in 1872, during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.  It moved to prison use during Crete's brief period as an independent country in the early 20th century, and it continued to be used as a prison once Crete became part of Greece in 1908.  During the decades when the country was ruled by a series of military juntas, it became notorious as a detention center for political prisoners. 

Village of Heraklion

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Dionisi 2018


Contributor Alexandros Ktistakis created this drone video of a beautiful village on the interior of the Greek island of Crete.  Dionisi is located in the administrative region of Heraklion, one of the four into which the island is divided.  The village is located in the southern third of the region, which is the second from the easternmost of the four.  The village lies within the Asterousia Mountains, a range which covers parts of southern Crete.  The range's highest peak is just over 1.2k meters (around 4k ft.).

Chania, Kavros, and Rethymno

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Creta 2016

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Contributor and drone pilot Marco Miele created this beautiful aerial video of the island of Crete, the largest island of Greece and the third largest in the Mediterranean.  The video features footage of Kavros beach (a town on the northern side of the island), the city and port of Chania (an old Venetian port city, which lies on the island's northwestern coast), the natural lake of Kavros, and Rethymno (another Venetian city on the northern coast of the island).

Heraklion: Crete's Largest City

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Heraklion from abοve


Heraklion is the largest city on the Greek island of Crete, as well as the administrative capital of the region.  It is situated roughly in the middle of the island's northern coast.  With a population of just under 150,000, Heraklion is home to about one in four Cretans.  Famously, the city underwent a 20+ year seige by the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th century, which is believed to be the longest in history.  In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this ancient city on Greece's largest island.

The Tiny Island of Elafonissi

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Elafonissi - riediting with Filmora

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The Greek island of Crete has a number of small islands surrounding it, which are part of the Crete administrative region.  One of these islands is called Elafonisi, which lies off the western tip of the main island.  The waters separating the two islands are extremely shallow such that it's often possible to walk between them.  The uninhabited Elafonisi was recently named as one of Europe's top beaches by Travel + Leisure.  You can check it out from above in this drone video by contributor Marco Miele.  

Balos, Elafonisi, Phalasarna

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CRETA 4K Drone Ivanfly


Take a tour of the ancient Greek island of Crete in this excellent travel piece.  The video, which combines drone and ground camera footage, hits some of the key spots in this Mediterranean land which lies to the south of the Greek mainland and is Greece's largest island.  The first stop is Balos, a famous beach on a peninsula in the northwestern corner of the island.  Then it's on to Elafonisi, a tiny island off the southwestern coast.  Finally, you'll see Phalasarna, a harbor town on Crete's western end.

Aradena and Bailey Bridge

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Aradena: The venteta village


Check out this beautiful drone video of a remote spot on the Greek island of Crete, compliments of contributor grigorelis.  The centerpiece of the video is an abandoned mountain village called Aradena.  It's located atop a gorge of the same name in the region of Skafia, which covers a portion of the southwestern part of the island.  While the village was abandoned in the 1950's, in the 1980's it was connected to the other side of the gorge by the Bailey Bridge, which you'll see clearly in the video. 

Spinalonga Fortress and More

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Crete, Greece / 2016

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Contributor Dmitriy used a DJI Phantom 4 to create this marvelous aerial tour of Crete, Greece's largest island and the home of Europe's first true civilization.  The video features footage from across this island, which is situated below the mainland of Greece in the Aegean Sea.  The highlight of the video is probably the footage of the island of Spinalonga; located on the northeastern part of the Crete mainland, Spinalonga was the site of one of Europe's strongest forts and later served as a leper colony.  

Rethymno: Crete's Third City

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Crete Island - Rethymno, Greece

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Rethymno is the third-largest city on the Greek island of Crete, after Heraklion and Chania.  It's located on the northern coast of the island, between the two larger cities.  The city was built by the Minoan Civilization, considered the first "true" civilization in Europe.  With its fine natural harbor and a strategic position astride the main routes into the Aegean Sea, it became an important Venetian outpost and later an Ottoman position.  You can see ancient Rethymno from above in this drone video by Island Videography. 

Luxury Resort in Agia Pelagia

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Hotel Promo Video

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The Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort is one of the most luxurious travel properties on the Greek island of Crete.  It's located on a private peninsula near the town of Agia Pelagia.  Agia Pelagia was an old fishing village which has become a popular tourist destination in Crete. It's less than a half-hour drive northwest of Heraklion, the island's largest city.  Contributor Tom Drones put together this beautiful aerial promotional video of the five star resort, which offers a range of lodging, dining, and recreation options.   

Lasithi Plateau, Rethymno, and Speralonga

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Crete, Greece


The brilliant colors of the Greek island of Crete are on full display in this excellent aerial mini-tour by nikybwd.  The video includes footage of a variety of locations, including (1) the Lasithi Plateau, an elevated area in the north central part of the island where over 10,000 cloth-bladed windmills popped up in the early 20th century to pump irrigation water; (2) the ancient port city of Rethynno, Crete's #3 city, which sits in the middle of its northern coast; and (3) the island of Spinalonga, in northeastern Crete.

Chania: Crete's Second City

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The Harbor of Chania

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Chania is the second-largest city on the Greek island of Crete, and the largest in the northwestern part of the island.  Inhabited since neolithic times, the city was an important independent city-state during the Antiquity.  During the Medieval period, Chania spent nearly four centuries under the control of Venice, and the Venetian influence is clearly visible in the city's architecture.  Check out the ancient city and its harbor from above in this drone video by Esteban Castle.  

Snow-Covered Mountain Church

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Snow on a small Church - Very rare for Crete Island!!!!


If you have a hard time associating the word "snow" with "Greek island", you have to check out this amazing drone video by grigorelis.  The video captures a small church in the mountains of Greece's largest island. The mountaintops are unmistakably covered with snow, which stands in stark contrast to the blue waters of the Mediterranean below.  While snow is not uncommon on Crete's highest peak (Mt. Ida, which has a peak altitude of 2.45k meters or almost 8.1k ft.), it is quite rare at lower altitudes.  

Aerial Dancing: Aradena Bridge and Koules Fortress

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Exploring Crete / Greece has Soul / Katerina Soldatou

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Top contributor Badios has used the art of aerial dancing to highlight some of Greece's most spectacular locations.  In this piece, he filmed dancer Katerina Soldatou performing her signature routine in two of the most iconic spots on the island of Crete.  The first has her suspended below the Aradena Bridge, a famous span which crosses a gorge in the southern Chania region.  At about the 6:45 mark, you'll see her performing  similar feat at the Koules Fortress (Castello a Mare) in the port of Heraklion, the island's capital city.

Crete Pro Drone Reel

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Mitato Films - Showreel(2017)


Check out this magnificent pro drone reel from the Greek island of Crete, compliments of Mitato Films.  Watch it for some amazing views of the island's famously rocky shoreline, its secluded beaches, and massive offshore rock formations.  You will also get some great aerial views of the mountainous interior of the island, and at the 1:15 you'll see an amazing shot of one of these mountain peaks covered in snow.  The largest Greek island, Crete is located south of the mainland in the Aegean Sea.


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Meteora Greece, Crete

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Crete, Greece

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a Saturday morning in Crete