The Mediterranean is a sea bordered to the north by Europe, the east by Asia and the south by Africa. It is linked with the Atlantic Ocean by the Strait of Gilbraltar.
Because of its location between three continents, the Mediterranean played an important historical role in trade, war and cultural exchange in the region. In the 21st century, it has often been a route for African, Middle Eastern and Asian migrants and refugees wanting to reach Europe. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on the Mediterranean.
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The island of Crete in the southern Mediterranean is known for its independent spirit despite centuries of foreign occupiers. It was only united with Greece a little over a century ago, and its frequent juxtaposition of ancient sites and ultra-modern trappings has put correspondent Alexa Dvorson in somewhat of a time warp. Here's her radio postcard from Greece's biggest island.