Aghios Nikolaos ...

Aghios Nikolaos ...

Aghios Nikolaos

Aghios Nikolaos, with over forty years of experience in the tourism industry, is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors annually. The lake is its most charming feature. Legend suggests that Athena and Artemis bathed in its waters. This lake is connected to the sea by a straight channel, while its natural surroundings of red rock and trees attract the visitor magnetically. At a small open-air theatre by the lake, locals and visitors alike can enjoy interesting artistic and cultural presentations. A walk around the shops of Aghios Nikolaos is an enjoyable experience. In the many stores the visitor can find a wide selection of traditional Cretan artwork, copies of pieces from different archaeological museums, jewelry, and embroidery. There are also many examples of woven goods and Byzantine icons. There are bustling cafeterias, charming coffeehouses and taverns serving traditional Cretan “mezedes” or tidbits of local food.

You can find innumerable opportunities for night-time entertainment at a variety of bars and discos. Visit the outdoor summer cinema ”Christina” where the surrounding walls are covered by honeysuckle, or find other places of entertainment where genuine Cretan feasts are always accompanied by local wine or  raki.

The most famous island of Crete, this impressive rock fortress is located at the n.w. entrance of the Bay of Elounda. Its castle was founded in 1579 and built during the Venetian occupation using material from an older fortress. During the period 1669 until 1715, it acted as a place of refuge for Venetians, Hainidons and outlaws. From then it was inhabited almost exclusively by Muslims until 1903, when it was turned into a leper colony by order of the Greek government. This function ceased in 1957 and it has been uninhabited since then. The restoration of its public buildings, housing and artwork has reconstructed both its history and the sense of hardship endured here over the years.

By visiting the island you can experience the sense of history and poignancy, while also appreciating the magnificence of the fortress, the island itself and its spectacular scenery.

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