Excursions

Amari – St. Anthony Gorge

Sensational location for those exploring the “secrets” of nature and folklore, is the Amari Rethymno. The area of Amari “insists” to maintain the “identity” of the former province, just because the physical boundaries and the particular mindset of people, allow it. It’s like an ark that keeps the flora and fauna, surrounded by mountains, with Psiloreitis dominates the landscape. The villages also ‘persist’ in old, famous architecture. People who live in them are welcoming and peaceful but unfortunately few. Most young people have left their villages to try to find a better future, away from livestock and olive cultivation that are not performing the necessary for modern families. Young people who stayed there cultivate their properties, graze their sheep and their goats, engaged in with beekeeping, and they develop agritourism activities while respecting the landscape, the place and its history.   The gorge of St. Anthony is a perfect route, which can stimulate the mind, heart and body because of its archaeological pulls wich are included in a wonderful natural background and due to the continued challenge posed by the hiker who wants to conquer.

Agios Nikolaos

An ideal destination for family holidays in Crete, Agios Nikolaos is full of interesting places, monuments and attractions. The Lake Voulismeni (“Lake” to the locals) is a small lagoon in the city center. A park with pine trees above the lake offers panoramic views of the city. From this park starts a stone path meanders among the trees and ends in the southern side of the lake, where small fishing boats tie up.

Heraklion

Heraklion is the largest city of Crete with a population close to 200,000. Heraklion houses the headquarters and the largest scientific organizations in Crete and is the commercial center of the island, with the largest port and airport. Worth seeing the giant Venetian walls (the largest in the Mediterranean) with various gates, the Archaeological Museum, the History Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Battle of Crete, the Aquarium. Also in the historical center, the Loggia, the square with the fountain of the Lions, the route on Aug. 25, the central market, the Basilica of San Marco, the churches of St. Titus, St. Menas, St. Catherine, St. Peter and Venetian harbor with its imposing fortress of Koules. In the evening you can stroll to the coastal avenue.

Cretaquarium

The visitor who arrives at the aquarium sees first a modern building which the architectural design of refers to a ship with its bow facing toward the western horizon of the sea. After entering the sprawling lobby, may choose to sightsee in the area of ​​aquarium tanks, enjoy lunch or coffee at the restaurant or at the snack bar, to attend screenings and events in the multipurpose room. The tour lasts approximately one hour, if the visitor wishes to peer all the organizations and exhibits. The size of this area related with the path to a marine scenography approximately 1 km, where marine organisms are exposed to numerous tanks, total capacity of 1,600,000 liters. Large tanks alternate with smaller depending on the guest species and their habitats.