Agios Nikolaos - Elounda- Malia - Stalida - Hersonissos
- Heraklion - Knossos - Arhanes
Travel around Crete: from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion
From Sitia we drive to Agios Nikolaos
and Elounda These are major touristic resorts but definitely worth-visiting.
We take the road to Neapoli and Lassithi
Plateau. Here is Diktaion Antro, a cave considered as the birthplace
of Zeus (Dias, the major god of ancient Greece).
We continue to Krasi, Mohos, Stalida, Hersonissos
and look for a room at Koutouloufari. This night is definitely
devoted to nightlife in Hersonissos!
30 Km to the west is Heraklion. A visit to the Heraklion
Archaeological Museum and Knossos are a good reason for
a trip to the island by themselves alone. Here you may see the glory
of the Minoan Civilization, the first high-level civilization
of Europe with deep respect to nature and peaceful life.
Another place of interest is the Venetian fortress
of Koules (by the port), as well as the Historical Museum and the Museum of Natural History of Crete (Knossou avenue).
The Venetian fortress of Koules in Heraklion
The Venetian building of Loggia. Today
it is used by the Municipal Authorities of Heraklion
If you stay in Iraclion pay a visit at Arhanes
village (15 km from Iraclion), which was a major Minoan city. Today it's
a small town that does a lot to preserve its traditional character.
There is a fine archaeological museum here.
Inside the town there is a sign showing the
way to the summit of Mt Youchtas or Giouchtas (850m). You
may approach it either by a dirt road or by a path leading to the top
in one hour. If you are interested in the path ask someone to show you
the way there. There is a panoramic view to Iraclion from the top of the
Another attraction is the Minoan Villa in Vathipetro.
Very early in the morning we head to Anogia village and Nida
Plateau. Today we are going to hike up to the summit of Mt
***on your way to Anogia there is Arolithos,
a hotel built to resemble a Cretan village. It's worth spending an afternoon