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Island Hopping: Crete

Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Icarus is remembered as the young pilot who flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea when the wax on his wings melted. Less well remembered is that his Dad, Daedalus, managed to make it all the way to the mainland.

At the time, both pilots were escaping from the Labyrinth on Crete, where they’d been imprisoned as punishment for helping a queen and her daughter. Harsh, we think. You too can have a go at being Daedalus with a trip to Crete, where you can fly numerous coastal and inland sites.

It is generally windy at the height of summer, but you do get wave setting up above the 2,500m mountains. Is there truth to the legend? It’s not impossible…

Photo: Louis Garnier

From the 2016 Travel Guide: Cruise around the Mediterranean and fly these beautiful island spots

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