Taxi private excursion in Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos & Elounda.
Mountains, Plateaus, Valleys, Sea - Crete has them all.
Our route begins eastwards of Heraklion. You will have the opportunity to admire the wonderful beaches and the view over the village of Hersonissos. Heading towards the plateau of Lasithi, you will be fascinated by the beauty of the scenery and the traditional Cretan villages. On our way we see the monastery of Kera which lies on one of the natural passages leading to the Lasithi plateau. The monastery of Kera, due to its fortress-like architecture has been a hideout for the rebels against the Ottoman Tourks. The church, hosts the icon of Panayia (Madonna) of Kera which, according to the local myth, is associated with miracles.
Continuing our journey, we pass through the numerous watermills which lie on the summits of the Diktean Mountain. We stop at the village of Psychro and its homonymous Cave, where god Zeus was born according to Hesiod (other sources also mention the Idean Cave). The Cave is rich in stalagmites and stalactites and it has been famous ever since antiquity for the many rituals that took place and until today, it continues to welcome travellers from all over the world.
Continuing to the northeast, we reach the town of Agios Nikolaos. It is one of the most famous touristic and picturesque areas of Crete, and the homonymous Lake – symbol of the town- lies in the middle. Leaving behind the town of Aghios Nikolaos we are heading towards Elounda. Throughout this route, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Elounda and the area of Plaka. Just opposite Plaka, is the small island of Spinalonga. This legendary island was used as a fortress during the Venetian and the Ottoman periods. In the beginnings of the 19th century however, Spinalonga was used as a sanatorium for thousands of patients suffering from Hansen’s disease. Lepers from various areas around Greece and Europe were exiled there and after the cure for the disease was found, the island stands there as a reminder and a monument of torture.
The area of Plaka, is a picturesque coastal village which is well-known for the delicious, fresh fish-food. There, you can enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee, before we set of for our way back.
Few places in the world can offer so many changes of landscape and Crete is one of them!