Explore one of the world’s favourite travel destinations with immense history, dialect and cuisine. From various gorges and plateaus to secret beaches and day cruises, from water sports to archaeological sites, from standard fast food to local traditional cuisine. Crete has it all. Explore Crete on your terms.
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The island of Chrissi (or Gaidouronisi) is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra and it is a Wildlife Refuge. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative Natura 2000. Thousands of visitors arriving daily with the boat (about 50 minutes) from Ierapetra to Chrissi island and mainly swim on the beach of Belerinina or Golden Beach. The beach was initially rocky and then turns sandy. Bright blue water, white sand with pink shades from the thousands of broken shells, the junipers that hold the sand with their huge roots is the backdrop that makes anyone fall in love with this place. Most of the trees that cover the island have an average of 200 years old and about 7 m high, in some cases reaching 300 years and 10 m. On the island there is a bar on the north side, a tavern to the south, the Orthodox church of San Nicolás and a lighthouse to the northwest.
Agios Nikolaos, with over forty years of experience in tourism, is a international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors. The lake is the most important attraction of the city. The legends say that Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. Joined to the sea by a narrow channel, while the natural surroundings of red rock and trees attracts the visitors.
Worldwide famous tourist resort north of Agios Nikolaos, having an indented coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear sea, peaceful and beautiful environment. The road into Elounda from Agios Nikolaos is approximately 10 km in length and follows the shore as it climbs to the top of a small mountain. The view from the top is incomparable; on a clear day it is possible to see the whole of Mirabello Bay and all the way to the eastern tip of Crete.
Spinalonga is an arid and barren rocky islet with an area of 8.5 hectares lying at the mouth of the natural port of Elounda in the Lasithi prefecture of Crete. Due to its strategic location, it was fortified and served a variety of roles and purposes over the centuries. Here, on an island where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece had been kept in isolation until 1957, a story about love and pain, separation and fear was born.
Lassithi Plateau is a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and is known for its picturesque windmills. During 50s and 60s the plateau was one of the first wind farms in Europe. There were thousands of windmills that pumped groundwater, to which irrigated their crops by inhabitants. The 18 villages of the plateau is built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plain free for cultivation, and connected by a circular road of length 23km.