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Spinalonga Island

Spinalonga is a small island located in the Gulf of Elounda in Crete, Greece. It can be accessed by boat from the port of Plaka and Elounda which takes less than 10 minutes or from Agios Nikolaos as a day trip.

Spinalonga is known across the world as the host of the leper community, and as one of the last active leper colonies in Europe, reaching a number of nearly 400 inhabitants during the outbreak of the illness. Tourists began to discover Spinalonga when boats started making the short crossing there in the 1980s and it went on to gain international recognition as the setting for Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel, The Island, in 2005, which went on to become a popular local TV dramatisation.

The island has a historical significance as a leper colony, where people with leprosy were isolated from the rest of society, however, what you see from the coast are the remains of a 16th-century Venetian fortress. Spinalonga was originally settled by the Venetians in the 16th century and was fortified to protect against Ottoman invasions.

Taking a boat trip to the island is a must for the visitors of the area.

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Diving & Snorkeling

Discover the peaceful world that lies beneath the Cretan sea at the Gulf of Mirabello, where a wide range of marine life and interesting diving spots await your exploration. Working closely with highly certified diving instructors, we are able to organize your diving or snorkeling trip, with private or group boat hire including fishing, sailing, and water sports.


Safari Crete Experience

Discover the inland side of Crete with professional drivers, who let you know about our mythology and history. A Safari excursion will show you far more than you would ever expect to see of Crete. Wild animals, flowers and herbs, Cretan inhabitants and their genuine hospitality. Not forgetting the stunning landscape that will take your breath away.
Safari is a unique experience, through the beautiful Cretan wilderness, high into the mountains where only the goats and donkeys usually go.

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Olive Oil Farm

During your visit in Crete, guests who want to learn more about the Cretan culture and diet, which brings good health and longevity to the Cretan people, a visit to an olive oil farm is a must. There, you can get familiar with our ancestors’ olive oil production process of the liquid Cretan treasure, Extra Virgin Olive Oil combined with wine tasting, cooking lessons or cheese making.

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Crete Aquarium is located in Gournes, just a few kilometers before the city of Heraklion and a great place to visit during your stay in Crete. This is the largest aquarium in the Mediterranean founded in 2005. The Cretan Sea has always been known for the huge diversity of marine life and the beautiful rock formation.

Location: Gournes

Tel. +30 281 033 7788

Website: https://www.cretaquarium.gr/

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The Archaeological Museum Of Agios Nikolaos

The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos was inaugurated in 1969 and is considered one of the most significant in Crete. It houses collections of very important archaeological findings from the entire region of eastern Crete, extending from Malia to the distant Zakros. Findings are exhibited in chronological order from the Neolithic period until the end of Roman times. Its showcases include more than 1,500 pots, as well as the oldest gold and bronze findings in Crete. Due to maintenance, the museum currently houses periodic exhibitions only.

41, Konstantinou Palaiologou Street
Tel. +30 28410 24943
Website: https://www.agiosnikolaoscrete.com

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Knossos Palace, Heraklion

In Crete, lies the great remnants of Knossos Palace, home of King Minos and the legendary Minotaur.
Situated 5 km south of Heraklion, the majestic Knossos Palace is a top-tier attraction for travellers in Crete. Accessibility by car or bus.

Knossos, Heraklion
Tel. +30 2810 231940
Website: https://knossos-palace.gr

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Rodanthi Museum Of Rare And Endemic Plants, at Kritsa Village

The collection of the Rodanthi Museum in Kritsa village, 15min drive from Agios Nikolaos, features various groups of plants which include some of the rarest plants of Crete that have been used for thousands of years in the Cretan diet. Moreover, those plants have been serving medicinal and other everyday purposes. Among the exhibits we find marine fossils of large mammals and plants which provide a timeline of the natural history of Crete which dates back millions of years.

Location: Ioannou Klontzia street,
Kritsa Agios Nikolaos
Tel. +30 28410 52031
Website: https://www.rodanthi.org


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