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Lasithi is dominated by the resort of Ag.Nikolaos and the up market tourism it attracts, but get beyond “Ag.Nikolaos and its environs and you can experience some of the most striking highlands and wilderness coastlines on the island. The city itself, along with the pretty neighboring resort of Elounda, offers some of Crete’s best package holidays: lively and cosmopolitan, with the most luxurious hotels on the island as well a more ordinary rooms and apartments. It’s easy to escape into the surrounding hills and mountains, too.
North beyond Elounda and its beaches, you come to the br4ooding islet of Spinalonga, once a redoubtable Venetian and Turkish fortress, later a leper colony, The town of Kritsa, with its famous frescoed church and textile sellers, and the imposing ruins of ancient Lato, also make for an enjoyable short excursion, while slightly further afield the Lasithi plateau- a high mountain plain with picturesque villages and abundant greenery-makes a great day-trip from the coast, even better if you stay overnight.
In antiquity, Ag.Nikolaos was the port for the city of Lato though this settlement faded in the Roman period and seems to have been abandoned in Byzantine times. The Venetians built a fortress-of which nothing remains-and gave the surrounding gulf its name, Mirabello. In
succeeding years the town came slowly back to life, and by the 19th century the port was again busy; following union with Greece in 1913, the city was confirmed as the capital of Lasithi Province. A quiet harbor town for most of the last century, Ag.Nikolaos was discovered in the 1960s by international tourism, and has barely looked back since.
Peninsula of Kalydonia or Kolokytha
The barren peninsula lies directly offshore from Elounda, forming a huge sheltered bay in front of the resort. It is linked to the mainland only by a narrow causeway, all that remains of a once substantial sunken isthmus less than 2 km from the center of Elounda; an easy walk along the coast or short drive (though the sharp turning off the main road can be hard to spot). Protected by the causeway are the remains of Venetian salt pans, now fallen into disrepair, which are worth checking for migrating birds in the spring. Also here are the remains of stone windmills and the French canal, while all around on both sides you’ll find people swimming from small patches of beach or basking on flat rocks. On the far side of the peninsula there are more tiny patches of sand-you can walk across to the nearest in a further thirty minutes or so. These are lovely spots, and apparently isolated, but become horrendously overcrowded in the middle of the day when boat tours make their lunch stops here.
Olous city was considered to be located northeastern end of Crete. It is also considered to have 30,000 and 40,000 residents. The divers and snorkelers have explored the ruins of the ancient city. The ancient wall is still above water and we can found coins, murals, floors and walls on land. The Researchers believed that the earthquake might be the reason for the whole city to sink inside the water.
The site of the ancient “sunken city” of OLOUS lay around the far end of the causeway to Spinalonga, mainly to the south and east, where a number of structures can be made out beneath the waves. Though it is
known chiefly for having been the port of Driros, what little remains is Roman: there’s a fenced enclosure behind the Kanali bar-restaurant in which you can see the floor of 4th century basilica with an odd, almost patchwork-style black and white mosaic, and among the rocks a little further round are traces of harbor installations, now submerged as a result of the rise in sea level over the past couple of millennia. The site has never been excavated, and this is about the extent of what is visible, but it’s a worthwhile trip for the setting, especially if you combine it with a swim and a drink at the Kanali.
Daily 9am-7pm 8euro entrance -Boats run here every 30min from Elounda 10Euro -Plaka 8Euro. Most give you 1hour on the island, though you can take a later boat if there’s room; it’s also many day-trips from Ag. Nikolaos 12-17euro.
The imposing fortress rock of Spinalonga at the northern end of the bay protected by Kalydonia. The fortress, which entirely covers the island, was founded by the Venetians in 1579 to defend the approach to the gulf and the sheltered anchorages in the bay. With its battlements, guard towers and seemingly impregnable walls, it bears all the hallmarks of the Italian republic’s brilliant military architecture. Like their other island