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

Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations

Midnight Mass

Easter in Crete. Easter is the most significant festival in Greece and has the importance of Christmas in Western Europe. Every Greek is trying to be at the celebrations in his hometown and also many Greeks from abroad are travelling to Crete or other locations in Greece. There are also many tourists who want to have an experience about the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on Crete, from where are the pictures further down are coming. Although the date of Easter of the Orthodox Church is also defined as in Western Christendom (first Sunday after the full moon spring), the dates… learn more

Heraklion

Venetian Loggia

Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Following the end of WW2 , Heraklion expanded at a fast tempo, primarily around 1950-1960, because of the touristic expansion of the area and whole Crete. So, many hotels in Heraklion have been established alongside tourist facilities and museums. It is a modern-day city, industrial and commercial along with the agri­cultural heart of the central and eastern island. In front of the city is the island of Dia located, to which sailing trips are available. The guest to the Heraklion might begin from Eleftherias Square, the location where the Archeological Museum is at the start… 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

Aghios Nikolaos

Lake Voulismeni

Aghios Nikolaos, the capital of the prefecture Lasithi. History of Aghios Nikolaos Aghios Nikolaos (called Ag Nik by many British) is a nice city on the Gulf of Merabellou having a mild, dry conditions; it been the main city of the Prefecture of Lasi­thiou since 1904. Previously, it had been a tiny fishing settlement known as Mandraki. The raise of the village started in 1869 when it was colonized by families from Kritsa, Sfakia and elsewhere, achieving its existing advanced level with the support of tourism, having turn out to be probably the most remarkably established tourist towns with many… learn more

Palace of Malia

Palace of Malia

Visit to the Palace of Malia. A turn-off left behind the modern town of Malia on the highway from Heraklion to Aghios Nikolaos ends up in the archeological site of Malia and the remains of the Minoan city. The original title of the city as well as the Palace of Malia aren’t remembered, their title simply being used from the neighboring town. Greek mythologies make reference that Sarpedon, the brother of Minos and the son of Zeus and Europa, governed there. Appreciate the fact a human pre­sence here from the Neolithic time, as can be witnessed from the handful of… learn more

Lasithi hiking path

Lasithi hiking path E4

Exploring the hiking path E4 in the western part of the Lasithi plateau. Across the Lasithi plateau runs a network of trails, which aroused my interest. So I set out with my rescue dogs to a first reconnaissance trip in the northwestern part of the plateau. The starting point was the Northwest ring road, where a dirt road branches off in western direction between the village of Kato Metochi and the monastery Vidani – directly at the point where there is the sign for the monastery. After driving a few hundred yards the car was stopped because the specified trail… learn more

Chania

old town of 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