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

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

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

Sellinari

Monastery of St George Sellinari

Monastery of St George Sellinari and gorge. The holy monastery of Saint George at Sellinari is for monks and is located in the middle of the gorge Sellinari, on the way from Malia to Neapoli. Directly in front of the monastery runs the new highway and also the old national road, which leads from Heraklion to Aghios Nikolaos. For this reason, the monastery can receive many visitors every day, since in the past, the abundance has made sure that anyone who crosses the gorge and does not stop at Sellinari monastery is haunted by bad luck. This is why, since… learn more

Neapoli

Neapoli

Neapoli, one of the most beautiful cities on Crete with the ancient Dorian mountain town of Driros. Neapoli is one of the most beautiful cities – not only of the prefecture of Lasithi but on the whole of Crete. It is conveniently located in the middle of the lush, green Skafi basin on the Gulf of Mirabello and is still an important administrative seat of the region. From here it is only 21 miles (35 km) to the Lasithi Plateau, as well as a short distance to Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda on the Gulf of Mirabello or to Malia in… learn more

Aghios Ioannis Peninsula

Coastal section on the Agios Ioannis peninsula.

The wild and untapped Agios Ioannis peninsula. The triangular peninsula of Aghios Ioannis – north of Aghios Nikolaos and inland from Elounda – is surprisingly wild and not very crowded. Narrow streets are leading along secluded agricultural hamlets and small villages. The section of the main national road from Heraklion, which runs from Malia via Neapoli to Aghios Nikolaos, marks the southern boundary of the peninsula of Aghios Ioannis. If one follows the national main road, one first reach the gorge of Sellinari, where the travelers traditionally stop and pray to Saint George for a safe passage. This impressive road,… learn more

Olous

Olous

Olous, the sunken ancient city. One kilometer east of Elounda, near the windmills on the peninsula of Spinalonga under the clear blue sea, sleeps the sunken ancient city of Olous. In today’s place name of Elounda lives the ancient Greek term ‘Olous’. On a day with dormant winds and waves it is possible to see the ruins of the famous city under the water level, next to the chapel of Anlipsis. Olous was one of the approximately one hundred cities, which existed in Crete already in the Minoan age from approximately 3,000 to 900 BC. Olous became later the port… learn more

Peninsula of Spinalonga

Peninsula of Spinalonga

Walks, hiking and sandy beaches on the peninsula of Spinalonga. In general, the island in front of Elounda is called ‘Peninsula of Spinalonga’ (meaning ‘long thorn’). Among the locals it is called ‘Kolikitha’, also to clearly distinguish it from the fortress island of Spinalonga. Actually ‘Kolikitha’ is no longer a peninsula, since, at the end of the 19th century, French engineers laid a small canal for boats through the marshy isthmus and built a bridge over it. Kolikitha Beach In the east you can reach almost the Kolikitha beach by a passable path by car. Near a small church, there… learn more

Gournia

Gournia

Gournia, the best preserved city of the Minoans. History Gournia, which is situated in a saddle between two low hills along the highway from Aghios Nikolaos to Ierapetra, is the best preserved city of the Minoans on the whole of Crete. The original name of this Minoan city is not known and the present name comes from small, ancient hallows, which belonged to the houses of the settlement. It is not to determine when Gournia was originally founded and only the ruins tell us the story. From the graves of Mochlos, however, we know that as early as the 3rd… learn more