Hersonissos - Heraklion
Hersonissos is a cosmopolitan city on the Eastern part of Crete, 25 Km from Heraklion city, known for its majestic landscape and monuments, as well as for the lively nightlife and the shopping area. A significant area known from the ancient years, habituated by the Minoan Civilization, almost 5000 years ago, with great access to sea through its numerous coves and the mountains to overlook the city from afar. Nowadays, the city is known for the lively market and the colorful nightlife where more than 500000 people visit it every year. Several day activities and landmarks await the visitors during the day: Golf area, Museums, 3 different aqua parks, aquariums, animal farms and many hiking paths through the mountains.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, the capital and the largest city of which is Heraklion. The prefecture of Heraklion was the base city of Minoan Civilization. Through the ages, Heraklion, has changed and expanded, leaving behind many monuments of different eras and different cultures, worth visiting. Many museums of ancient, folklore and nature history are present in the wider area of the city. (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Cretaquarium, Historical Museum of Crete, Natural History Museum, The Battle of Crete and National Resistance Museum, Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, Collection of Agia Aikaterini of Sinai, Museum of Visual Arts). Being in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, helps to achieve one of the best climates of the world, with hot summer days and mild winters.
Different to all other towns in Crete, Agios Nikolaos manages to mix - upon the three hills which support its girth - an arty, leisurely, sleepy and yet also bustling place.
Agios Nikolaos is a medium-size town with a small-town feel, one that has lots to offer. You can walk and enjoy walking here, you have several distinct waterfronts - you can get to know it quickly and feel familiar with the place, like an old friend.
The town has three faces to the sea: The Lake and port, Ammos beach and the Marina. Its unique features, start with the lake ("Voulismeni"), a folklore-inspiringly deep body of water which is connected to the sea by a narrow inlet. It is surrounded and overlooked by cafes and restaurants - a busy gathering place for local residents and visitors alike.
Crete and Lassithi Prefecture
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, the capital and the largest city of which is Heraklion. Lassithi is the easternmost regional unit on the island of Crete, to the east of Heraklion. Its capital is Agios Nikolaos, the other major towns being Ierapetra, Sitia and Neapoli. The mountains include the Dikti in the west and the Thrypti in the east. The Sea of Crete lies to the north and the Libyan Sea to the south.
To the east of the village of Elounda lies the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and a leper colony. On the foot of Mount Dikti lies the Lasithi Plateau, famous for its windmills. Vai is well known for its datepalm forest.
Thanks to its beaches and its mild climate year-long, Lasithi attracts many tourists. Mass tourism is served by places like Vai, Agios Nikolaos and the island of Chrissi. More off-beat tourism can be found in villages on the south coast like Myrtos, Makrys Gialos or Makrigialos, Xerokambos and Koutsouras.
Lasithi is home to a number of ancient remains. Vasiliki, Fournou Korifi, Pyrgos, Zakros and Gournia are ruins of Minoan date, Lato and Itanos were Doric towns.