Excursions

Plakias – Preveli

 Plakias is a place with beautiful beaches, which attracts more and more visitors who want to discover the other face of Crete. The path to Plakias is truly impressive, as the road passes through beautiful canyon Kourtaliotiko. At the port of Plakia can find taverns and cafes. The beach of Plakias starts from the village and extends eastward. It is one of the longest beaches in Crete, offering a sense of comfort and plenty of space. Other beautiful beaches in Plakias are Damnoni, Ammoudi, small Ammoudi, Lefkogia and Schoinaria, beach beloved by those who love diving. Diving center is also close to Plakias in hotel Calypso.   Preveli located about 35km south of Rethymno and 10km east of Plakias. The beach Prevelis also known as Lake Prevelis Phoenicia, located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge where passes the Great River. It is certainly the most famous beach in southern Crete, and receives thousands of visitors every summer. Previously, he was a favorite among hippies. On the banks of the Grand River is a large colony palms of Theophrastus, which gives the area a sense of African landscape. The river, forming a large lake 1.5km long before flowing into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and begin to ascend the magnificent gorge. In large pedestal water formed every so often you can take a cool bath. The palmforest was burned down on 8/22/2010 due to heavy fire, but surprisingly returned greatly in a short time. At the exit of the river formed a sandy beach with pebble bottom and very cool water because the river. In the eastern part of the beach there is a beautiful rock reminiscent mast. Is poorly organized, without umbrellas and there a few restaurants and snack bars nearby. Also rented a pedal boat for a ride on the river.

Matala

Matala is a coastal village in southern Crete near Phaistos, the second most important Minoan palace in Crete. Matala became famous when the 1960s arrived here hippies from all over the world to live in the famous caves of Matala located next to the beach. Matala is ideal for those who want to spend their holidays close to beautiful beaches, great archaeological sites and many villages retain traditional color. Shiva and Kamilari is traditionally nearby villages, and a radius of 20 km you will find much more. Matala are not offered for crazy nightlife and revelry, but there are enough bars to have a drink and listen to music by the sea. For those interested in the history of Crete, Phaistos (Minoan Palace), Holy Trinity (Minoan Villa) and the city Gortyn is very close to Matala. The beach of Matala is wonderful, while in the region is still the beach Kokkini Ammos and beach Kommos.

Palm forest of Vai

The palm forest of Vai is located in Crete, in Lasithi. Located at the eastern end of Crete by the sea in particular in the Cretan coast of Karpathios Sea, just north of the village Palekastro at about 20 kilometers from Siteia. It is one of the 19 Aesthetically Forests of Greece in which he joined in 1973. The reason for its inclusion in the category of protected natural areas is the existence of the endemic Cretan palm. This particular palm is known from the Minoan era and called Theofrastos palm (Phoenix theophrastii). Its area is 20 hectares and the name comes from the local dialect, in which the trees are named Valles or Vaya → Vai. It is the most extensively palm Phoenix theophrastii area in Crete, as in other areas of the island (about 10) found only small clusters or groves (Prevelis, Agios Nikitas), but there is no extensive forest. The palm forest is fenced.  In the fenced area there is a small spring which feeds a also small brook. At the eastern end, to the beach, are dunes, soil particularly favorable for the development of palm trees. The location of Vai is particularly important for Europe because of its uniqueness: nowhere else in Europe there is no known palm forest Phoenix theophrastii.

Elounda – Spinalonga

Elounda is a village in the prefecture of Lasithi on the north coast of the island of Crete, which is part of St. Nicholas. Is a coastal and popular tourist destination. Largely the VIPs visiting the seaside resorts luxury. It faces a very small island called Spinalonga bounded north by the Gulf of Elounda. The road to Elounda from Agios Nikolaos is approximately 12 km in length by following the coast, as it climbs to the top of a small mountain. The small village of Plaka (Lasithi), overlooking the island of Spinalonga is just 5 km from the main square of Elounda heading north from Agios Nikolaos. The inhabitants lived from agriculture, fishing, salt production in Venetian saltpans and extraction of whetstone.   Spinalonga. The island they left their last breath many people from leprosy. Now some of the buildings and houses are preserved as archaeological sites and tourist agencies are carrying tourists by boat to the island from Elounda. Tour takes place in certain parts of the island that accessed. It is an experience not to be missed.