Ports & Excursions

Crete (Aghios Nikolaos), Greece

The nearby Lassithi Plateau is the highest inhabited plateau in all Greece. Nearby Mt. Dikti rises some 7,218 feet (2,200m) above sea level.

White-washed houses climb the slopes of this charming port on the Gulf of Mirabello. The small harbor is surrounded by restaurants, cafés, and shops prepared to dispense everything under the sun - from necessities to souvenirs. Aghios Nikolaos is also your gateway to the Minoan ruins at Knossos and to the famous windmills of the Lassithi Plateau.

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  • Knossos Palace Knossos Palace

    Home to King Minos, Knossos Palace is one of the most important archeological sites of the Bronze Age. Dating back 7,000 years, it was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900 and boasts 1,200 rooms.

  • Heraklion Heraklion

    Heraklion is the island's capital and the fourth largest city in Greece. Arab refugees from Al Andalus in Spain founded the city; the Republic of Venice governed Heraklion for four centuries.

  • Kera Kardiotissa Monastery Kera Kardiotissa Monastery

    This Byzantine church and monastery dates back to the 13th century and is dedicated to the Virgin. It boasts beautiful frescoes and arches decorated with bricks, icons, and a carved altar screen.

  • Spinalonga Island Spinalonga Island

    Dominated by its old Venetian fort, the now-deserted island once served as Crete's leper colony.

  • Plateau of Lassithi Plateau of Lassithi

    This unique oak-studded plateau is dotted with over 1,000 windmills, whose charming sail-trimmed arm's spin in the breeze. They were declared works of art in 1986 and are in various states of repair.

  • Elounda Elounda

    The ruins of the ancient city of Olous are visible in Elounda Bay, a beautiful and popular beach resort, while the sea views stretch across Mirabello Bay all the way to Spinalonga Island.

  • Arolithos Cultural Village Arolithos Cultural Village

    Built in the 1980s, this cultural village preserves the traditional island ways of life

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