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Island Crete

Crete - Holidays on the largest Greek island of the Aegean Sea in natural stone houses, luxury villas or traditional country houses with private swimming pool

Crete, the southernmost island of Europe, offers a Mediterranean climate with many hours of sunshine and is, not least because of its long history, the star among the Greek islands and therefore one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The "paradise of Crete" has something special to offer for every Greece lover. Besides olive groves, rough and rugged mountain ranges characterize the wonderful landscape. Crete enchants with many beautiful beaches, almost two and a half thousand meter high mountains, famous and deep gorges and fertile plateaus. On an extension of two hundred and sixty kilometres from east to west and up to sixty kilometres from north to south you will experience an island of extreme scenic contrasts. In addition to its fantastic cultural heritage just waiting to be explored, Crete sets almost unattainable standards with its culinary highlights. The Cretans themselves are a particularly friendly and proud people, but first and foremost, they offer boundless hospitality.

Convince yourself of this and experience "pure Crete" in one of our carefully selected villas with private swimming pool, which are also ideal for a family holiday, and treat yourself to an unforgettable break.

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Beautiful beaches to rugged mountains

One of the most beautiful beaches of Crete and even Europe is the shell beach of Elafonisi, whose turquoise water contrasts paradisiacally with the pink to pink tinted sand. The pink colour results from all the crushed shells, which colour the sand and the shallow sea there. The sandy beach at the south-western tip of the island is further characterized by several sandbanks that run through the turquoise water. This is where the "Caribbean feeling" really comes into being - fine sand, ankle-deep, wide-stretching lagoon in perfect sickle shape. Elafonisi beach, located in the far west, is also very popular with families, although it may take some time to get there due to its remote location.

About 60 km northwest of Chania is the white lagoon beach Balos with the island Gramvousa in front of it. A multitude of mussel and coral particles give this beach its particularly bright colouring. Please note that the way to the beach is connected with a small trekking tour through rocky sections downwards - therefore sturdy shoes are recommended! If you don't want to walk to the parking lot by car, you can also take a ferry from Kissamos harbour. Regardless of which route you choose, it is worth it, although this beach is very well visited due to its exceptional beauty. Especially on foot, arriving from above, you will find a stunning view of the Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island, and you may even be able to observe the amazing fauna (falcons, monk seals and the occasional Caretta-Caretta sea turtle).

At the north-eastern end of Crete, Vai beach is famous for its palm trees. This beach is home to the only naturally growing date palm grove in Greece and even Europe with over 5000 palm trees. Legend has it that the palm trees grew from seeds that were disposed of by Saracen pirates and washed up by the sea. Besides this event, Vai is a real dream beach because of its natural beauty with fine sand and crystal clear water. In addition, there are many other beautiful and also well-known sandy beaches, such as Komos, Triopetra, Agios Georgios, Agia Fotia, Falasarna, palm beach Preveli along the coast of Crete.

Furthermore, the island of Crete is defined by a mountain range extending from west to east, which is basically steeper towards the south coast and flatter towards the north. Lefka Ori (the White Mountains) is the largest and westernmost mountain range on the island, but the highest mountain Psiloritis, at 2456 metres, belongs to the Ida Mountains, which are located in central Crete and which form an imposing structure alongside the fertile Messara Plain. The mountain ranges of the fascinating White Mountains are partly still forested with maritime pines, cypresses and special oaks. From there, Europe's longest gorge, Samaria, stretches 17 km to the southern coast, which can be hiked through in the summer months with a little practice and good equipment and makes the hiking heart of those who come from all over the world beat faster. With a little luck you will see exotic plants as well as Cretan wild goats. A fantastic view is guaranteed in any case!

The Dikti Mountains, located in the eastern part of the Aegean island, line the famous and also fertile Lasithi plateau, where you can still see many windmills that were used for the former irrigation of agriculture. The famous Psychro Cave, also known as Zeus Cave, can be explored here. Guided mountain tours to enjoy a bird's eye view over large parts of Crete are highly recommended. But also easier walks on the many E4 hiking trails are a real pleasure, because the flora and fauna of Crete is unique!

Not to be forgotten are the sandstone caves in Matala, which in the Neolithic Age served as residential and later as burial caves. In the 1960s these hippies attracted people from all over the world. The island also offers many other caves, like Melidoni or Kournas.

Fantastic cultural heritage

One of the most famous archaeological excavations from the time of ancient Greece is the palace of Knossos. This palace represents the glorious time of the Minoans around 2000 BC, during which the Minoan people developed from the Stone Age to a high culture. Many palaces were built during this period in Crete, the palace of Knossos being the most important and largest and also the best preserved in our time. A visit to this palace, or to the palace of Phaistos in the central south of the island, is certainly something special for every visitor to Crete who is interested in culture.

Besides historical buildings and many museums, the particularly picturesque places and harbours are worth a visit. One of these beautiful places is the port city of Chania with its lively and original old town. Enjoy a walk along the charming 14th century Venetian port and feel the impressions of a bygone era along with a gentle sea breeze. The beautiful city of Chania is also famous for its culinary delights. Many particularly good restaurants are located in the old town of Chania.

Heraklion, the capital of the island of Crete, has many other historical sights in addition to the atmospheric old town and the Venetian port, such as the Archaeological Museum, which offers a unique insight into the Minoan culture, the Historical Museum with its Byzantine medieval collection, the Icon Museum with a variety of frescoes and icons and the Natural History Museum with special impressions of the flora and fauna of the eastern Mediterranean.

Also worth a visit is the harbour town of Rethymno with its fortress "Fortezza" and its archaeological museum. Experience the beautiful views in one of the idyllic cafés and traditional Kafenia at the local Venetian port.

The whole island is also characterized by monasteries, churches and palaces worth seeing.

Culinary delight

he Cretan cuisine uses a lot of food that is produced in the country itself. These include tasty olives and olive oil made from them, yoghurt, sheep's cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as fish and mainly lamb, but also rabbit and chicken. Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, thyme, mint, laurel, rosemary and garlic give the dishes a delicate taste. Various delicacies made from legumes, such as the honey-yellow looking Fava (chickpea puree) are also always on the menu of Cretan taverns. Especially in the summer heat, a fresh tzatziki in combination with a Greek farmer's salad with olives and feta made from sheep's milk is certainly a "must". An appetizer only available on Crete is dakos, where a repeatedly baked bread made of barley flour is topped with slices of tomato, feta and herbs. Also worth mentioning are the pickled wild capers and also the homemade honey, which is produced all over the island.

Very tasty red wines, white wines and rose wines are produced on Crete. The vineyards in Archanes and other wine-growing areas of Crete allow wonderful grapes to ripen. The high-proof Raki, a liquor distilled on the island itself, has a long tradition and should not be missed after a great meal.
As you have surely noticed, it is very easy to find the right delicacies on Crete. The Mediterranean climate allows the growth of many wild herbs to sun-ripened tomatoes as well as oranges and lemons all year round.

The particularly healthy as well as diverse Mediterranean cuisine of Crete will inspire you!

You will be delighted!

Enjoy your holiday in beautiful natural stone houses, traditional country houses and exclusive luxury villas with private swimming pool on the Aegean island of Crete.

VILLTRAVEL offers you individually selected villas and suites

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Found 175 accommodations in Crete
  • Crete
  • 4 (+2) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Phaestias Terra 2

Villa Greece, Crete, Kamilari

Phaestias Terra ist ein Komplex von drei voneinander unabhängigen Villen, die im modernen Design in Kombination mit Natursteinelementen zur Verfügung stehen.

  • Sea view
  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
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From €270.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 2 (+3) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

J&G Split Level Suite

Suite Greece, Crete, Chania

The luxurious Split Level Suite is spread over two levels and is located on the second floor of the skilfully restored townhouse with easy access from the promenade.

  • In town
  • Beach within walking distance
  • Close to the beach
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From €109.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 4 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Suite Serenity

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The luxurious Suite Serenity with heated outdoor pool ensures an unforgettable holiday.

  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
  • Private pool
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From €218.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 4 (+3) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Villa Plethora

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

The luxurious Villa Plethora with high level of design and private infinity pool, is located on a large plot in the middle of nature.

  • Barriere-free
  • Detached
  • Private pool
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From €320.00
per night / 5 persons
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  • 8 (+1) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa San Matteo

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Livadia

The elegant luxury villa San Matteo - situated on the top of Cape Koutoula - is a small paradise for guests who seek the original contact with nature

  • Breakfast
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
Very good
5,0 3 reviews
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From €510.00
per night / 8 persons
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  • 4 (+2) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Villa Kori

Villa Greece, Crete, Kamilari

Kouros and Kori are two independent luxury villas, each with private pool, built in modern design.

  • Sea view
  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
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From €279.00
per night / 4 persons
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  • 6 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Amethyst Crete

Villa Greece, Crete, Plaka

Villa Amethyst is the ideal place to find moments of rest and relaxation. The luxurious villa offers modern design and a gigantic view of the pool, the garden and the majestic bay of Mirabelo with the island of Spinelonga inside.

  • Badewanne mit Hydromassage
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
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From €440.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 2 (+1) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Wave Suite XL

Suite Greece, Crete, Agia Pelagia

Bohème, luxuriöser Schick und ein Auge für Details machen diese Suite zu einem einzigartigen Refugium.

  • Breakfast
  • Free cancellation option
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €508.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 11 (+3) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Blue Key Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Agia Pelagia

The luxurious Blue Key Villa with private infinity pool and fantastic views of the shimmering blue sea combines traditional and modern aesthetics and can accommodate up to 11 + 2 guests for an unforgettable stay.

  • Pool with salt filter system
  • Sauna
  • Close to the beach
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From €388.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 6 Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Nissos

Villa Greece, Crete, Plakias

The wonderful view of Plakias bay and the private swimming pool in front of the terrace complete the offer additionally.

  • Detached
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €247.00
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  • 2 (+1) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Altera Cave Sun

Suite Greece, Crete, Agios Pavlos

The location of the property is particularly unique, as the suite is only 100 m from the sea and the beach.

  • Sea/beach access
  • Private pool
  • Seafront
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  • 8 Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Lithos

Villa Greece, Crete, Mariou

Villa Lithos - stunning views from every room in this beautifully minimalist designed architectural villa.

  • BBQ
  • Detached
  • Private pool
Very good
5,0 3 reviews
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From €238.00
per night / 8 persons
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  • 6 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Gaia Falassarna

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Falassarna

The luxury villa Gaia with 153 sqm in hillside location convinces with private pool and absolute privacy.

  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
  • Wellness area
Very good
5,0 1 review
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From €400.00
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  • 6 (+5) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Calma Villa East

Villa Greece, Crete, Sissi

The two modern Calma Villas offer privacy, each with a private terrace and private swimming pool and a central location to explore the unique sights of the north coast and other areas of Crete.

  • Badewanne mit Hydromassage
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €285.00
per night / 8 persons
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  • 8 Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Onar

Villa Greece, Crete, Prines

Villa Onar with private pool and fantastic views of the Aegean Sea, offers a lot of luxury and comfort for an unforgettable holiday on the culturally rich island of Crete and is located on a 10 hectare plot.

  • Jacuzzi
  • Sea view
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From €400.00
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  • 4 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Suite Happiness

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The luxurious Suite Happiness with outdoor terrace (35 sqm) and Jacuzzi will ensure an unforgettable holiday.

  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
  • Communal pool
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From €162.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 12 Persons
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms

Villa Hestia

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Plakias

Villa Hestia is situated on the mountain of Plakias with a wonderful and unobstructed view of the entire beach, as well as the two adjacent mountains.

  • Free cancellation option
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €540.00
per night / 12 persons
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  • 6 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Pnoe Seaside

Villa Greece, Crete, Kalamaki

Gracefully perched above Afrathias beach - known for its spectacular views of the Libyan Sea - Pnoe is a luxurious villa

  • Detached
  • Pool with hydromassage
  • Beach within walking distance
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5,0 1 review
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From €370.00
per night / 7 persons
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  • 2 Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Suite Felicity

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The luxurious Felicity Suite with an outdoor terrace (25 sqm) and Jacuzzi will ensure an unforgettable holiday.

  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
  • Jacuzzi
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From €162.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 6 Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Octo

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Rodia

Villa Octo is an exclusive country house style villa built with environmentally friendly materials with beautiful sea view over the private infinity pool.

  • Heatable pool
  • Steam bath
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €850.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 4 Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Villa Mare

Villa Greece, Crete, Mariou

Villa Mare - a beautiful and very Mediterranean-designed and decorated single-story villa overlooking the bay of Plakias.

  • Detached
  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
Very good
5,0 1 review
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From €148.00
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  • 2 (+3) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Villa Abyss

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

Luxury villa Abyss for 2-3 guests with 85 sqm living space, captivates with its exclusive equipment and the beautiful location - In the midst of nature and with a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Pure freedom!

  • Detached
  • Pets allowed (on request)
  • Private pool
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From €250.00
per night / 3 persons
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  • 7 Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Anton

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kalathas

Villa Anton with magnificent views of the shimmering blue sea and private heated pool is located on a 1700 sqm plot and offers its guests luxury, comfort and a specially selected design.

  • Heatable pool
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Price on request
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  • 4 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Suite Joy

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The spacious Suite Joy with a 105 sqm outdoor terrace enables an unforgettable holiday.

  • Heatable pool
  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
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From €234.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 6 (+1) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Hermes

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Livadia

A masterpiece of Mediterranean architecture and a luxurious retreat on the coast and very close to the beach. The waves break on the coastal cliff just a few meters below the villa.

  • Heatable pool
  • Breakfast
  • Beach within walking distance
Very good
5,0 3 reviews
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From €490.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 10 (+4) Persons
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Votsalo

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

The luxurious Villa Votsalo offers comfort at the highest level, with a heated infinity pool, located directly on the beach and with magnificent views of the blue Aegean Sea.

  • Sea/beach access
  • Private pool
  • Seafront
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From €1,000.00
per night / 14 persons
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  • 12 Persons
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms

Elounda Villa 2

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Elounda

Villa Elounda 2 - this stunning contemporary residence offers panoramic views of magnificent sunrises and sunsets in front of the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea and the Cretan countryside

  • Heatable pool
  • Detached
  • Close to the beach
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From €2,143.00
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  • 10 (+2) Persons
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Phos

Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

Elegant villa Phos near Kissamos with private pool and gigantic view of the coast as well as the blue shimmering sea.

  • Sea view
  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
Very good
5,0 2 reviews
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From €460.00
per night / 10 persons
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  • 6 (+1) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

White Sand Beach Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos

White Sand Beach Villa with private pool and wonderful sea view, combines the best of contemporary design as well as luxury minimalism and is located only 40 meters from the beach

  • Heatable pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €550.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 8 (+1) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Hermes incl. Guesthouse

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Livadia

For up to 9 guests - Situated on a rocky slope, this masterpiece of Mediterranean architecture is a luxurious retreat on the coast and very close to the beach. The waves break on the coast just a few meters below the villa

  • Heatable pool
  • Breakfast
  • Beach within walking distance
Very good
5,0 3 reviews
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From €635.00
per night / 9 persons
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