Fortress of Spinalonga

Fortress of Spinalonga

Fortress of Spinalonga in the Gulf of Korfos At the north point of the Gulf of Korfos can be found the tiny isle of Spinalonga. On many maps the place is recognized by the identity Kalidona – a title utilized by the experts since the Fifteenth Century, however a title which the residents certainly not make use of. Today Spinalonge is an famous excursion destination for many visitors. There are a few solutions as to the way the isle took its name. The Venetian historian, Flaminios Komilios, named the island Spina Leonis which suggests ‘back of the lion’, and perhaps… learn more

Church Keragoniotissa

church Keragoniotissa

The Church of Virgin Mary ‘Keragoniotissa’ at Latsida. The church of the Virgin Mary ‘Keragoniotissa’ can be found close to the village of Latsida in the vicinity of Neapolis which is beautiful enclosed by oak trees they may have been here for hundreds of years. The church is devoted to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, a feast that is famous on August 15th each year. A short while ago, within a restoration work, numerous tombs were discovered outside and inside of the church. It is a tiny, barrel-vaulted, single-naved church. It features a stone carved door frame having a… learn more

Crete, largest island of Greece

Gulf of Merabellou

Presentation of Crete Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. The island is roofed by a number of great mountains which cross it. You will find penetrating valleys, gorges, ravines and various plateaus shaped between the mountains. Mountains and Plateaus The isle is covered with 3, significant mountain ranges and their branches. Towards the western side, in the Prefecture of Chania, is the big mountain complex of the White Mountains or Madares, the high­est peak to be Pachnes at 2,453 meters. Ida or Psiloreitis is in central Crete, the highest top being Timios… learn more

By car to Crete

car ferry at Venice

By car via Germany and Italy to Greece and on the island of Crete. As an alternative to the usual air travel, it is also possible to arrive on Crete by car. This journey is practically a part of the actual holiday, with much more sightseeing possibilities on the way and additional almost already a cruise. Anyone who has ever driven by car to Crete, basically has two options: On the one hand, only to use the shortest ferry routes, but all about driving your car much more – or – to spend most of the trip on the ship… learn more

Monastery of Ayios Georgios Vrachasiotis

Monastery of Ayios Georgios Vrachasiotis

Route from the Monastery Ayios Georgios Vrachasiotis to the forest of Akilakes in the mountains above Malia. The old monastery of Ayios Georgios Vrahassotis is located in a really wonderful and forest location, Four kilometres beyond Vrahassi as well as Five kilometres within the national highway Heraklion – Ayios Nikolaos. However the asphalt road works remain awaiting, the off-road route is usually in a very excellent condition as well as the way is perfect for wandering. On the subsequent mountain route where you could march on foot or drive by jeep or quad bike, you can reach the Akilakes Forest… learn more

Byzantine church Aghios Pandeleimon

Aghios Pandeleimon

Aghios Pandeleimon church at Pigi (close to Kastelli). The main town of the region Pedhiadha is Kastelli – or since there are more than one on Crete Kastelli Pedhiadhos – is really an enjoyable location to stay for a short time. Mainly an agricultural heart whose wealth stems from the olive groves and vineyards scattered over the neighboring slopes, the village goes a unique way, generally untouched by the tourist places on the shoreline. Nevertheless there is a solid taverna as well as quiet places to stay, faraway from the madding mass. On the other hand the center of attention… learn more

Chania

Venetian lighthouse Chania

Chania, the second largest town of Crete (60,000 inhabitants) and capital from 1851-1972. One enters Chania within the Souda highway, a lovely avenue having high plane plants, among the love­liest and the most charming streets on Crete. For arriving at Chania you should carry on with Nearchou Street and after that Stratigou Tzanakaki Street. At the outset of what are the Community Gardens, a work by Rauf Pasha carried out 1870 during the Turkish rule. Numerous banks, travel companies and the office buildings of Olympic Airways are everywhere you look on the street which ends up at Sophocli Venizelou Square.… learn more

Ha Gorge

Ha gorge in winter

The imposing Ha gorge near Ierapetra A particular major characteristic around the city of Ierapetra, ahead of the lovely town of Vassiliki certainly is the Ha Gorge. It is undoubtedly one of the wildest gorges on Crete, an uncommon morphological sensation of mother nature herself, most likely a result of tectonic earth quake. It continues as a pure ecosystem, unchanged by humans, who nevertheless realizes its structure beyond reach for discovery or expansion. Not many skilled climbers have surpassed the Ha gorge. Virtually any effort with no knowledge or even the tools could prove deadly, as it occurred previously. The… learn more

Karfi

Top at Karfi

Minoan settlement Karfi on Lasithi plateau Karfi is a crucial Minoan village east of Diaselou tis Ampelou (Seli) which is placed at the borders of the areas of Heraklion and Lasithi. The village was constructed on the eastern section of the magnificent limestone outcropping and experts say it populated the entire level space amongst the highs Small and Big Koprana and housed around 3,500 residents. The title Karfi (Nail), is unusual and it was assigned afterward because its authentic historic title was ‘forgotten’. The village started in the period when the Minoans were pursued aside by the Dorian people who… learn more

Malia

old town of Malia

Malia stands on Crete for sun, beach, quad bikes and parties all night. Malia is possibly the most crippled place on Crete and is often considered to be brash, businesslike and with wild stories about the nightlife. The beach, long and sandy as it is, is sometimes grotesquely crowded. After these prejudices are listed, however, it can also be a great place for the holiday, as long as you are willing to adapt to the course of things, i.e. party throughout the night and sleeping during the day. In addition, the extra of a traditional village that existed before the… learn more