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The Palace of Malia

Just 3 km East of the village of Malia lies the Minoan Palace of Malia, where houses and the cemetery have been excavated. The site was inhabited in the Neolithic and early Minoan period (6000- 2000 BC), but very little trace remains. The Palace of Malia covered an area of 7,500 sq.m. It's the third- largest of the Minoan Palaces and is considered the most "provincial" from the architectural point of view. According to tradition the third son of Zeus and Europa, Sarpedon, ruled here. The f [...]

The Palace of Knossos

Famous and proud, Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete. It is grander, more complex, and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces known to us, and it is located about twenty minutes south of Heraklion. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and wos abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC, which marked the end of Minoan civilization. The first palace on the low hill beside the river was built around 1900 BC on the ruins of [...]

The Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau
The Plateau in Lassithi, is according to Greek mythology the birthplace of gods. Inhabited all year around, you can discover small picturesque Cretan villages in the surrounded mountains. Its feature of whitewashed windmills attracts visitors as well as its unspoiled nature. It is located on the east part of Crete, on the west side of the Holy Mountain of Dikti and the climate is mild and healthy. [...]


The island of Kaleidon or Spinalonga (the name is Italian, meaning "long thorn") as it is widely known, is located in the eastern part of Crete, near the village of Elounda. In 1579, the Venetians built a fortress on Spinalonga over the ruins of an ancient acropolis. The island is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe, being used in this manner from 1903 until 1957. The last inhabitant, a priest, left in 1962. This was to maintain the religious tradition of the Gre [...]


Sitia is a picturesque harbour, built amphitheatrically on the western side of the boy of Siteia. on the site of ancient Eteia. East of Siteia, stood the Venetian fortress, of which only few ruins survive today. The modern town was built after 1870 while during the two previous centuries it had remained uninhabited. Siteia is known in Greece for its wines, as it is one the highest producing regions in Crete. Don't miss the chance of enjoying or buying some local wine. [...]

Samaria gorge

As we start down the Xyloskalo footpath we find ourselves in an entirely different landscape that impresses even the most well seasoned travellers. Samaria Gorge is one of the longest and most imposing gorges in Europe and one of the main attractions for tourists in Western Crete. Its beauty, grandeur and wildness are unique. Apart from the entrance via Xyloskalo on the south of the Omalos plateau there are two other entrances to the gorge from Omalos: via Poria from the east and via Linos [...]


Although hailing from antiquity, Rethymno — the capital of Rethymno prefecture —flourished during the Venetian occupation of Crete in the Middle Ages. What is today called the "old town", in the center of Rethymno, is entirely Venetian with small alleys, arched doorways and picturesque houses. Standing impressively over the city is Fortezza, the Venetian fortress which is open to public and also holds events during the tows renaissance By walking the old town, you can enjoy the combinatio [...]

Palm forest of Vai

Vai is a unique beach, reminiscent of the Caribbean, with its golden sand and its thick vegetation of Palm trees. The greatest part of the palm tree grove is fenced in and is only open to visitors from sunrise to sunset, while free camping and overnight stays are strictly forbidden. Spend a day there, to feel like you have travelled beyond Crete. [...]

Monastery of Toplou

The monastery of Toplou is one of the richest and most important monasteries in Crete. Believed to have been built in the 15111 century as a fortress-monastery in the vein of the ones built in central Europe, and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1612. The monastery was then rebuilt, in the way you can see today. The walls are adorned with well-preserved 1491 century murals. Only very few of the monastery's precious relics still survive today, as the Turks repeatedly plundered the monastery. Top [...]


Mochlos is a small fishing village between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. It is one of the few parts of the coast accessible in this region although by a narrow road. Travellers need to drive via the village of Sfaka to find Mochlos' Minoan remains, most of which are on the island with the same name (Mochlos) opposite the village, next to the chapel. [...]

Kritsa & Lato

The village cf Kritsa is picturesque and friendly, situated in the foot of the Mount Kastellos. If you drive to its top the views of the valley below reach to the Mediterranean. A walk through the village especially in the early morning is recommended, for only then can you feel the pulse of this charming village. With its picturesque houses, the small traditional shops and tavernas, it is the ideal village for souvenirs and gifts. About one kilometre before we come to the village, we find th [...]

Island Chrissi

Chrissi Island
Chrissi means "golden" and the tiny golden island is found at a distance of 8 miles south of lerapetra. It is not inhabited, but its gorgeous golden beaches have made it famous among Cretans and visitors. It is worth visiting the small and flat island for a few hours to swim and see the few places of interest. The cedar-tree forest, with more than 5.000 trees, or Belegrina beach in the north, where apart from swimming you will have the chance to see the fossilized sea shells that date thousands [...]


The town of lerapetra is located on the south coast of Crete, along the beach, south of Agios Nikolaos and southwest of Sitia. In the prefecture of Lassithi, it is the largest town (with around 16.000 inhabitants) in one of the two best wine producing areas of Crete. Also known as the southernmost town of Europe, it earned the nickname "bride of the Libyan Sea". That is the reason why lerapetra enjoys the mildest weather, with the least annual rainfall and a temperature that rarely drops below 1 [...]


Existing since 824 AD what once was known as Chandakas, has developed to be the largest city in Crete, one of the largest in Greece. Although initially a pirates' hideaway, Heraklion was taken over by the Byzantines until 1204, when it was passed on to the Venetians. Crete and Heraklion, was one of the last areas to be occupied by the Ottoman empire. In 1669, after 22 years of siege and thousands of deaths, Heraklion fell to the Ottomans. In 1908 Crete became independent and 5 years later reunit [...]

Dikteon Andron

Dikteon Andron
If you drive up to the Plateau, then visit the Dikteon Andro. This famous cave is located above the village of Psychro and according to Greek mythology, Zeus ("Dias") was born there. In this splendid cave, Rea took refuge and with the help of the mother of the Earth, she gave birth to the Zeus, saving him from his father, Cronos, who facing the danger that one of his children may take the power, ate every child that Rea gave birth to. That's how, Zeus was saved, by the goat Amalthia and in order [...]


Chania, is the second largest city on Crete and the capital of the regional unit. It is situated along the north coast of the island, about 70 km west of Rethymnon and 145 km west of Heraklion. The municipality consists of the city of Chania and several other towns and villages. It was a significant Minoan city and it is identified with ancient Kydonia. The area enjoys the typical mediterranean climate, which is warm, sunny and dry during the summer and mild and rainy during the winter. [...]

Archeological Museum of Heraklion

The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world, unique in beauty and completeness is housed in the Museum of Heraklion, a modern building specifically designed for this purpose. The original Museum was built between 1904 and 1912 at the urging of two Cretan archaeologists, I. Hadzidakis and S. Xanthoudides. Curators of the Archaeological trwurha2,..mrinfrat= service. It continued in use until 1937 when work began on the present earthquake-proof building. During the World [...]

Aghios Nikolaos

Aghios Nikolaos is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors annually. The most famous and captivating of its characteristics is the lake. According to the legend goddesses Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. This lake is connected to the sea by a straight channel, while its natural surroundings of red rock and trees attract the visitors. Next to the lake you can visit the small open-air theatre, for artistic and cultural presentations. A walk around th [...]

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