AGIOS NIKOLAOS

Agios Nikolaos, the capital of the Prefecture of Lasithi, is a wonderful coastal town lying 66km east of Heraklion. It has approximately 8500 residents and it is one of the most highly developed tourist towns of Greece.

The trademark of Agios Nikolaos is the picturesque Voulismeni Lake located in the center of the town. It was used a small harbor where fishing boats used to stop and nowasays it attracts many visitors who want to take a walk. Apart from that, Agios Nikolaos has many beautiful beaches and bays like Kitroplateia, Ammoudi and Ammos beach, and all of them are within walking distance from the city center.

CHANIA

Chania is the second largest city of Crete with a population of approximately 60.000 inhabitants. It lies along the North coast of the island, about 135km away from the city of Heraklion and some consider Chania to be the most beautiful city of Crete.

If you visit Chania, make sure to wander in the Venetian Harbor, the old harbor of the city with the narrow shopping streets and the waterfront restaurants and cafeterias. Also, in Chania guests can find some of the most famous beaches of Crete like Elafonisi, Balos and Falasarna.

RETHYMNO

Rethymnon combines rarely found elements such as the old town’s charm and history with the short proximity to a long and sandy beach. It is a unique summer destination and although it is the third largest town in Crete, it feels totally different than Chania and Heraklion.

It has a provincial air and provides an idyllic scenery for your romantic holidays. It preserves much of its Venetian and Turkish appearance and it one of the best preserved medieval cities of Greece. Like Chania, there is a Venetian Harbor in the harbor area of Rethymnon, a great place for those who want to stop and enjoy their coffee or drink while they admire the magnificent view. It is definitely a destination worth visiting!

KNOSSOS

Knossos is probably the most famous Archaeological site of Crete. It was the center of the Minoan civilization and it is only 5km south of the city of Heraklion. Knossos flourished for about 2 thousand years and the Palace of Knossos is the largest preserved Minoan palatial center.

It consists from four wings around a central courtyard that contain the royal quarters, the workshops, the shrines, the storerooms and of course the throne room and the banquet halls. You can easily reach the Palace of Knossos either by car or by the public means of transport.

LYGARIA

Lygaria is located 21km north west of Heraklion and it is very close to Wine Dark Sea Villas. It is an ideal destination for those who wish to enjoy the sun and the crystal-clear waters. It is also ideal for families since the Bay of Lygaria is closed and protected from the winds that usually blow in the area.

Nearby the beach, there are the ruins of the old Monastery of Panagia Ligariani where many monks used to live in the past. The region took its name from the same monastery, which also took its name from the beautiful plan “osier” which is called ligaria in Greek.

LIONS SQUARE

Lions Square or the Fontana Morosini is probably the most common meeting point of the locals in Heraklion. It is an ornate Venetian fountain with four lions with water gushing from their mouths. It is one of the most important monuments that the Venetians bestowed on Heraklion and it was built in order to offer a solution to water supply problems of Heraklion.

If you visit the center of Heraklion it will be among the first things that you will see. Around Lions Square, you will find plenty cafeterias, bars and taverns and the start of the 25th August pedestrian street that leads to Koules.