Culture & History
Take a break off beach and explore the rich history of the surrounding area. Go back in time by walking around the remains of the Minoan civilization or discover the ancient myths of the region’s past.
Knossos also known as Labyrinth, or Knossos Palace, is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete and probably the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. The palace appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and store rooms close to a central square.
Detailed images of Cretan life in the late Bronze Age are provided by images on the walls of this palace. It is also a tourist destination today, the second in Greece after the Parthenon, as it is near the main city of Heraklion and has been substantially restored by archaeologist Arthur Evans.It also hosts one of the largest and most important museums in Greece and amongst the most important in Europe.
Olous is also known as the sunken city. Olous was considered to be a city of high importance. Its history was discovered from diverse inscriptions during the Minoan Ages. The remnants of the ancient city are still visible and can be seen on the canal of Poros.
In Olous, the citizens used to worship Dias, Aris and Artemis Vritomartes. Olous, as a self-governed city and a center of exportations towards East and towards the Ionian ports, had its own currency.
Fun & Entertainment
For those who want to enjoy an exciting day with the family,
we’ve put together a couple of must-do options that will bedazzle your eyes and soul!
The CretAquarium is a unique venue for discovering, learning and promoting awareness of Mediterranean marine life. In its depths, the Mediterranean Sea hides a world little known to most people, with a wide biodiversity of species and habitats.
As part of THALASSOKOSMOS (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research), the largest marine research, technology and entertainment complex in the Mediterranean, CretAquarium’s operation and development are founded on scientific knowledge and discoveries made in marine science.
The aquarium is open 365 days a year.
Opening hours Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 21:00
(From 01/5 to 15/10) 09:30 - 17:00 (From 16/10 to 30/4)
Aquaplus Water Park is located close to the town of Hersonissos. It is a water activity park that is really attractive for families that are looking to spend a very pleasurable day out. Lovely palm trees, bougainvilleas and French marigolds shade the slides and pools and there are exotic, scented flowers everywhere you look.
There is an array of attractions from toddler pools to gravity drops that will keep children and parents active troughout the day.
Walking & Shopping
Take a stroll around the narrow streets and the picturesque port of Aghios Nikolaos
or the quiet seaside passages of Plaka and shop local memorabilia to complement you on departure.
Aghios Nikolaos is a historic coastal town built on a lake! It is the capital of the Lasithi province, built on the western side of the Gulf of Mirabello around the famous Voulismeni or Apatos lake. According to the colorful Greek Myth, the goddesses Athena and Artemis bathed in this lake and it is bottomless!
The town is a cosmopolitan tourist resort which has maintained, to a great extent, its traditional feel, especially around the lake. It’s a wonderful town that offers everything from shopping, tavernas and restaurants, including a number of archaeological museums and sites nearby.
The chapel of Aghios Nikolaos lies on the port’s peninsula. This is where small boats set off to visit the islet of Spinalonga. The town is also connected to the Cyclades (Melos), Cassos, Carpathos, Cos, Rhodes and the port of Piraeus.
The village of Plaka is located in the stunning setting of the Mirabello bay, right opposite the island of Spinalonga.
What used to be a tiny fishing village in now a charming little place frequented by restless travelers who may want to enjoy its traditional look and feel or simply try some local recipes.