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

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

Matala

Matala

Matala, the hippy sandstone caves on the Libyan Sea. Location of Matala From the Palace of Festos there is a turn-off to Matala, which is 7 miles away. Before you reach Pitsidia after 4 miles and after another mile you will notice a dirt road which leads to the right to Kommos, the old port of Festos. This settlement flourished from the Neopalatial period to the Romans. During the excavations, a sacred complex with surrounding buildings were discovered, which dates back to the 1st century AD. The buildings in the southwest were probably warehouses or port facilities. 7 miles further… 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

Beach holiday and climates

Swimming on the south coast at Ierapetra

Water temperatures, climatic data and information about beach holiday in Crete. For a beach holiday in Crete it is best to go from June to September. At this time, the sea has a really pleasant bathing temperature of 72 to 75 °F (22°-24 °C), while the temperature of the air is usually between 75 and 86 °F (24-30 °C). Inland, it is very hot during this time, but on the coast there is often a refreshing breeze from the north-west, which makes it difficult for swimming on many days at wind speeds over 9 mph (15 km/h) due to the… 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

Rethymno

Rethymno

Rethymno, the capital of the prefecture with the same name. History of Rethymno: Rethymno is constructed on the western side of a yellow-colored sandy beach, which is over 7 miles long and the biggest in Crete. The city is constructed over the remains of historical Rethimna as was verified from the excavations which had been done in 1974 locally of Mastabas the place that the cemetery of the early city was disco­vered, together with discoveries from the Minoan time and coins which revealed that it had been an independent community. Inscriptions had been in addition discovered from the 4th, 3rd… 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