CRETE - SEPTEMBER 2006
"MIRABELLO BAY - On the way from Heraklion to Elounda, we caught this beautiful view of the Bay. It got its name during the Venetian occupation, when the Venetians built a fortress in Agios Nicolaos they named Mirabello (look at the beauty)"
"BLUE PALACE RESORT AND SPA - The first destination was the Blue Palace, a beautiful place to stay during a Cretan holiday"
"ROOM WITH A VIEW and a pool... Room 526, with brilliant sea views, was a wonderful experience. Incredibly blue!"
"BEACH - It is far from being a beautiful sandy beach, like those one can find in Algarve, but it had a decent service and the water was quite nice: clean and warm enough..."
"SPINALONGA - In 1579, the Venetians built a fortress in this small island. Fame came later to Spinalonga as it was, until 1957, one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. Today, the island is one of the main attractions for tourists staying in the Agios Nikolaos area"
"SEA ENTRANCE - This was one of the two entrances to the island; the other was named Dante's Gate, and was the lepers' entrance"
"WAITING for the fishermen's boat from Plaka to come and pick us back"
"FRESH OCTOPUS can be seen sun drying in front of a restaurant in Plaka..."
"AGIOS NICOLAOS, with approximately 8500 inhabitants, is the capital of the Lassithi Prefecture. It is located 66 km east of Heraklion, 70 km west of Sitia and 36 km north of Ierapetra. The most important landmark of the city is the circular lake - «Voulismeni» - located in the city centre, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. The depth of the lake is 64 m, its diameter is 137 m, and was connected to the sea only in 1870, when a canal was opened"
"SUNSET at Mirabello Bay"