Crete is located in the South of the Aegean Sea and the biggest Greek island in the Mediterranean region. It is known to be a world wide popular tourism destination with sites of attraction such as Knossos, archeological spots at Faistos and Gortis, Venecian fortress in Retimnon and more..
Crete is one the most popular tourism spots of Greece with Heraklion airport and port receiving 15% of the visitors to Greece each year. An important number of airplanes carrying tourists to Greece, are recorded to land at the Island. The tourism in Crete is developing faster as compared to the mainland, Greece. The number of beds are reported to have increased by 53% between 1986-1991. Numerous alternatives of accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to family let rooms and a satisfactory infrastructure are available on the island.
HISTORY: Several civilizations such as Roman and East Roman Empires, Abbasis, Venecians and the Ottomans have ruled on the island until it eventually became a part of Greece. That is exactly the reason why it has such a rich blend of different cultures to offer visitors.
The island is separated in 4 prefectures: Chania, Heraklion, Lassithi and Rethymno.
When you travel to Crete you will be able to discover beautiful landscape, beaches, picturesque ports and villages with comfortable hotels, and the historical, archaeological and mythological heritage of this unique region.
It is said that Aghios Nikolaos & Elounda in Crete, have some of the most spectacular landscapes in the whole of Greece. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenes they have always dreamed of about Greece.
One can enjoy such a wide variety of attractions on the island such as mountainous landscapes, a coast with many beautiful beaches and rocky coves, beautiful towns and charming villages and harbors, excellent food, ruins like Knossos, the Minoan Civilization, and an exciting nightlife.
Aghios Nikolaos is most popular for its lake which is connected to the sea by a straight channel, while its natural surroundings of red rock and trees are found very attractive by the visitors.
Athena & Armet are said to have bathed in the lake according to one legend. A small open-air theatre by the lake offers visitors interesting artistic and cultural presentations. Tourists can take a walk around the shops of Aghios Nikolaos, in which a wide selection of traditional Cretan artwork, copies of pieces from different archaeological museums, jewelry, embroidery, woven goods and Byzantine icons would be available.
In the area elegant coffeehouses and cafeterias as well as taverns with traditional, local food welcome foreign visitors.
All kinds of entertainment opportunities such as bars and discos, an outdoor summer cinema, athletic facilities and a football pitch, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, beach volley facilities, mini-golf and swimming pools have also been made available in the region. (16 NOV 2010) – UPDATED 06 MAY 2018