On the southwest coast of Crete lies one of the most beautiful beaches. Elafonisi is one of the exotic beaches in Crete, located approximately 80 km from Chania , characterized by its dunes of white sand, clear blue shallow waters, the peace and tranquility offered. The landscape, which hints at exotic beaches and shallow waters often continues for several meters into the sea. The landscape Elafonissi mesmerizes as it is rare to meetings in Greece beach with its own characteristics. Surely your visit to the beautiful beach of Elafonissi will be unforgettable!After walking a few minutes to the west you can easily reach the beach, “Kedrodasos”.
Located in southern Crete, It is a small fishing village with a famous, beautiful, sandy beach. The clear, blue waters combined with the small artificial caves are carved into the rocks are the elements that make the beach of Matala unique! Matala is no infrastructure such as apartments, hotels, taverns, bars, cafes. The beach is organized and easy to access! Really worth visiting the beach in Matala! The landscape that you will see will amaze you!It Is known throughout the world that in 70’s was living there many young people, called hippies. Between them and some famous artists from the scene of rock music,such as Bob Dylan, the Janis Joplin and Cat Stevens. Some years later, the status of “hunta” ordered hippies to be removed from Matala. Since then, caves of Matala are protected by the Archaeological Service and noone can stay. in Heraklion, about 70 km from the city.
Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. Today thousands of tourists visit Spinalonga each summer by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka, for a tour of its ruined buildings, which the Archaeological Service is laboriously trying to maintain.
It is a paradise with golden beaches and white sand, crystal blue waters, and small shells in several places on the coast! Throughout the length of the island, mainly in the center, there is a cedar forest with trees that exist there for over 200 years. Chrissi because of its infinite beauty and its ecosystem is a part of the European network of protected landscapes natural beauty NATURA 2000. The way to go there is on the boat, that leaves from the port of Ierapetra every day.
The Samaria Gorge is located 43 km south of Chania. The entrance of the gorge is situated at an altitude Xyloskalo 1227 meters. Xyloskalo position took its name from a wooden ladder that was there again and facilitated the descent into the canyon. The descent of the gorge begins Xyloskalo, with steps at the beginning and then a small path. The descent is quite difficult and takes 6 to 8 hours. Those who intend to cross the gorge should wear athletic shoes and hat. Water does not need it during the journey there taps. The gorge was declared a National Park to protect the rare flora and fauna and especially the Cretan wild goat (kri – kri, as the locals call it) who lives here.Recently, Samaria was awarded by the Council of Europe as one of the most pristine and beautiful natural areas of the old continent.
To the southwest of Crete, in Chania, is” Loutro”. This is a small, traditional fishing village where you can reach only by boat from Sfakia and Agia Roumeli, or walk Anopoli Sfakia and Agia Roumeli. The history in this place is very strong, the old city of Phoenix a significant port at roman and Hellenic periods. The beaches are clean in Loutro with crystal waters and accessible either by foot or by boat. Some of these are also available for nudism. If you need relaxation, we recommend you to visit Loutro. It is definitely a destination not to have touched the ugly side of tourism development. There you will find a few rooms and a few taverns and cafes. Some of the rental rooms don’t have electricity and use only oil lamp which makes it for a more romantic atmosphere!
East of Sitia about 25 km from town and 6 km from Palekastro, on the Iron Cape, is the beautiful beach of Vai. It is unique in Europe thanks to the rich palm of that combined with the turquoise waters of gives the feeling that you are on a tropical shore. The beach is clean with fine sand and pebbles, organized and has received many awards and the Blue Flag of European Union. The campsite is not allowed. The view that you will see arriving on the beach of Vai, is unique. This is an area that differs from the usual aesthetic beaches in Greece. Crowd gathers each year and is definitely a destination worth visiting. Close to Vai beach you can find Itanos and Toplou well as.
The aquarium “Thalassocosmos” in Heraklion, Crete offers its guests a new experience for a trip to the mysterious world of sea and marine organisms of the Mediterranean. The Aquarium of Crete aims to inform and educate on issues concerning the marine environment, to lead the respect and solidarity with the unique Mediterranean world and inspire kids and adults to be sensitized and mobilized on issues related to healthy future marine environment. It is located 15 km from Heraklion city and very close to the most tourist area in Crete ranging from Gournes Heraklion, to Hersonissos and Aghios Nikolaos . You can enjoy lunch or coffee in the restaurant and snack bar, or you can attend screenings and events in the multipurpose room. The tour is estimated to last approximately 1 hour if the visitor wishes to explore all organisms and exhibits. The Aquarium is open to all, young and old, families and especially children, research spirits, the romantic, the lovers, the experts and all those who want to learn about the marine environment of the Mediterranean, relax in a pleasant environment and spend a special day.
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With large excavations made in Heraklion Crete at the late 19th century and later came to the surface of the ground the remains of a phenomenal civilization, The Minoan civilization which is the first high civilization in Europe in about the y ears 2800 to 1000 BC. The Arthur Evans, the English archeologist of Knossos, named this culture Minoans, the name comes from the famous King Minos. After the excavations have exposed in the middle of the site of Minoan the actual palace of King Minos rich deposits, the royal apartments to religious sites, the huge central courtyard and finally the throne room where they discovered the “throne Minos, “The throne of King Minoas is the oldest in Europe”. In the third millennium (somewhere between 2800 and 2600 BC) in Crete starts a new era, the Bronze Age, characterized by the manufacture of copper and widespread use of metals. The Minoans are known from the paintings, where we see the virtual image, and their works, where we admire their skills. Anthropological classified by some researchers in the Mediterranean race, which typically is the small stature, black hair and eyes.
To the northwest of Crete is Gramvousa.It is a peninsula in the west of which lies the beautiful beach of Balos. In the peninsula of Gramvousa is a castle which was built by the Venetians and was used as a fortress against the conquerors who occasionally want to trespass. Eventually the Turks managed to conquer the castle bribing the Venetian commander! Balos beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Very fine white and red sand, shallow waters and at some point a lagoon with crystal clear turquoise waters. To reach this Gramvousa and Balos beach, you can get one of the boats that starting every day from the port of Kissamos (Kastelli). Balos beach is accessible by land. Following a hard drive dirt road until you reach a specific point, and from there will begins the descent on foot, a chance to see many of the beauty of the Cretan Island.
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