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

Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi monastery

Arkadi, the symbol of Cretan will of freedom. The 9th of November is National Day of Crete with a large procession the previous day, which reminds of the dramatic events in the uprising against the Turks of 1866 in Arkadi Monastery. The Arkadi Monastery can be reached from Rethymno by following the old National Road through the eastern suburbs. After 4.5 km turn right towards the monastery. The good road passes through the villages of Adele, Kyrianna and Amnantos and after 23 km you will reach in a breathtaking landscape of olive groves with a narrow gorge. When you pass… 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

Elounda

Panoramic view of Elounda

Elounda, Crete information, story, pictures and video. Elounda is situated on the north-eastern coast of Crete, and nestles between the high rugged mountains and the clear blue sea close to the city of Aghios Nikolaous. From Aghios Nikolaous you head north toward the village on the coast road and after 6 km you reach the highest point of your excursion where you have an incredible, panoramic view of Elounda and the Gulf of Merabel­lou. Before you is the site Trachili, a green landscape where the roofs of the bungalows look like daisies in a blooming meadow. To the back is… 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

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

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

Lasithi Plateau

Lasithi plateau

Trip to Lasithi Plateau. Directions with map, information, pictures and video about the plateau, Diktaion (Psychros, Zeus) Cave, Kronio Cave, town ruins of Karfi, monastery Vidani. At 5.2 miles (8.6km) on the old route from Aghios Nikolaos to Heraklion a turn-off left goes to the Lasithi plateau. We move through the Krasi valley. At 7.25 miles (12km) there exists a Junction with the street which comes from Neapoli. We make the left branch to the plateau. Right after one kilometer the street starts to twist and switch the way up the hills of the mountains. As the road is not… learn more