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

Vai beach

Beach at Vai

The beach at Vai. The beach at Vai – the Vai Finikodaos – famous for its palm trees, contrasts with the surrounding area and rest of Toplou. The sudden appearance of Europe’s only wild-palm forest is indeed an outstanding sight. The palm trees are the local species Phoenix theophrasti (Cretan date palm) and have been native to Crete for thousands of years. Their fruits are inedible, as is the case with all the palm trees in the northernmost region of the Mediterranean. Probably there were more of them at the time of the Minoans, as they are depicted on many… learn more

Ierapetra

Ierapetra

Ierapetra, the southernmost city of Europe with the mildest climate and most hours of sunshine. To Ierapetra you drive from Aghios Nikolaos through a plain that is intensively planted with olive trees. 5 miles before Ieraperta is the village of Episkopi, the previous seat of the Diocese of Ierapetra and Sitia. Ierapetra been named as after the nymph of the Libyan Sea, and is among the most remarkable cities in Crete, the 4th greatest in inhabitants and the most southern city in Greece and Europe. History of Ierapetra For the duration of ancient times the original city of Koryva or… learn more

Zakros

Palace of Zakros

Palace of Zakros and Dead’s Gorge In the area of ​​Pano and Kato Zakros (‘upper’ and ‘lower’ Zakros), there were in the Protopalatial from 1900-1700 BC. a wide, large settlement, which is characterized by the tombs, which were found on the surrounding heights. Spratt was the first archaeologist who visited the area and mentioned Zakros in 1872. In 1901 the English archaeologist Hogarth dug on the side of the hill east of the location of the palace and discovered a settlement with buildings. In 1961, finally, Professor N. Platon began excavations on the eastern side of Agios Antonios and discovered… learn more

Sitia – one of the most beautiful places

Sitia

Sitia, one of the most beautiful places in Crete. Sitia is one of the most beautiful, cleanest, cheapest, with many hotels and also animal friendly cities in Crete. Much like an amphitheater built on the back of the hill of the same name, recalls the town to places in Italy. That is not so very surprising, since the region was under Italian influence during the expulsion of the Turks and the reconstruction of the city in late 19th century, and during the Venetian period in the Middle Ages, as well as during the occupation in WW2. It’s not totally sure… learn more