Aghios Nikolaos, Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. Linking Asia, Africa, and Europe, it has served as cultural crossroads and a place that boasts of 4,000 years of uninterrupted habitation. Its cities have been home to centuries of historic change both in its terrain and its people. A proud exhibitor of archeological wonders, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous surroundings, visitors to Crete will find themselves encircled by luxury. Inhabited since 6500 B.C., Crete's Minoan history is evident in the archaeological remains that tourists still marvel at. The prehistoric Cretans art legacy, dating back to the Bronze Age, remains in museums and galleries throughout the island. Crete's four major cities are all distinct.
Aghios Nikolaos on the eastern side of Crete is a popular resort town where visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, and at night, dancing at one of the many downtown nightclubs. Crete is a tourist hub, and rightfully so. It combines natural wonders with plenty of industry to accommodate the tourist's desires to shop, eat, relax, and learn all at once. Tourists will delight in the family-run taverna restaurants that supply the hungry visitor with meat, like lamb and pork, and a host of specialty cheeses and wines.
However, Crete's landscape is probably its biggest asset. Its coastline has earned it the nickname Big Blue. Cretans enjoy the water that surrounds them, as do tourists. A favorite sport at most any beach is windsurfing, and rentals are normally available. Much of the terrain on Crete is rough, but this can also make for a nice challenge if you are a hiker, biker, or nature enthusiast. For those less physically inclined, Crete offers plenty of museums and unique activities that will allow you to take it easy and enjoy. Regardless of your interests, Crete is sure to inspire awe with its rich history and modern splendor.
Uniquely positioned, Domes of Elounda offers amazing, unobstructed views to Spinalonga island and easy access to the sea. The village of Elounda is 2.5 km away, while the lively traditional seaside town of Agios Nikolaos is 12 km away from Domes. An Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott.
Lying just offshore from the seaside resort of Elounda, Spinalonga Island was once the home of a mighty 16th century Venetian fortress. The now-deserted island served as a leper colony until 1957.
Plateau of Lassithi
Rising over 2,700 feet, the plateau offers fertile valleys filled with orange groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages. But it's probably best known for the thousands of charming windmills that dot the lush landscape.
This picturesque seaside resort boasts luxury hotels, quaint tavernas, stunning beaches and breathtaking sea views that stretch across Mirabello Bay.
For the Travel Guide to the Greek Islands, 9th Edition, Mar. 2016, published by Lonely Planet click here!
Crete, the largest Greek island, plays an important role in the Greek wine map. The combination of climate, topography, soil composition and producer effort make the island an ideal place for viticulture. The main "white wine" varieties of Crete are Vilana, Vidiano and Thrapsathiri. As for red, Greek varieties Kotsifali, Mandilaria and Liatiko stand out, while the Crete "terroir" is particularly suitable for the international variety Grenache Rouge.
In this Tasting Pack Greece and Grapes have also included an excellent tsikoudia as well as a package of wild sea salt, which you can try with your salads and grilled meats and notice the difference from the common commercial salts. The Tasting Pack includes one (1) bottle each of: Sitia Economou 2006, Nostos Grenache, Tsikoudia Manousakis, Ocean White Idaia, Terroir Wild Sea Salt, and Vidiano Ippodromos Lyrarakis.
|Herbs, Olives and a Waterfall Adventure Tour |
4x4 Excursion by Land Rover
This guided tour leads you along the coastline with its spectacular views. Olive trees, along with one of the oldest olive trees in the world, and wildlife are everywhere. We start our hiking walk near the coast, about a half hour later we reach the waterfall. Crystal clear cold water falls from an 18-meter high rock formation in a tiny small lake where you may have a refreshing bath. Lunch will be served near the beach. Returning to civilization we visit a herb farm where you will be introduced to the herb flora of the island. An amazing back-to-nature tour which will lead you through several different types of terrain which offers a display of wild herbs, olive groves, elusive wildlife and the pretty photogenic jungle at the waterfalls.