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Ierapetra, Sitia, Toplou Monastery, Vai Palm Beach

€ 1,175 per night
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The town of Ierapetra is located on the southeast coast of Crete, on the shores of the Libyan Sea. It lies south of Aghios Nikolaos and southwest of Sitia. It is a seaside town of great charm with an exceptional beach at its busy centre. What distinguishes Ierapetra, as well as the fact that it is Europe’s most southerly town, is that it has the highest number of sunny days annually and the highest average temperatures, overall, winter or summer, of anywhere in the country.
Sitia is one of the economic centres of the Lassithi region. According to Diogenes Laertius, the renowned historian of philosophy of the second century CE, Sitia was the home, in the 6th century BCE, of Myson of Chenae, one of the Seven Sages of Greece.
During the time that the Venetians ruled the island, from 1204 CE, Sitia was expanded and fortified by them and they used it as their main base of operations for the Eastern Mediterranean. During this period, the town was destroyed three times, by an earthquake in 1508, by a pirate attack in 1538 and finally by the Venetians in 1651 in defending it for themselves against the Ottoman Turks. Sitia was then conquered by the Ottoman Empire.
Among Cretans and indeed among Greeks more broadly, the people of Sitia are known for their fine literary and philological sensibilities. They enjoy playing with words and writing poetry. The author, Vinzendzos Kornaros, who wrote, more than four hundred years ago, one of the Greeks’ most loved works of epic poetry, ‘Eritokritos’, was from Sitia.
During the course of this excursion, in Sitia, our vehicle will stop at a traditional Cretan taverna for a light lunch, a selection of Cretan meze. Water and soft drinks are included.
Toplou Monastery is one of the most important and beautiful monasteries in Crete. Built during the middle part of the 15th century CE when the Venetians ruled Crete, it has survived many attacks. It resembles a fortress with its high walls but its art treasures have remained intact despite its often brutal past.  In fact, Toplou Monastery is the only surviving example of the many monasteries, large and small, that once stood in the Sitia area, all eventually destroyed by war and pirate raids.
The palm beach of Vai is one of the most unexpected of Crete’s many attractions. Its beach seems tropical rather than Mediterranean, with its many palm trees and the small islet in the middle of the bay. The indigenous species of palm tree is called the Cretan Date Palm (Phoenix Theophrasti). The fruits are bitter with a sharp and acrid taste. Vai is also fascinating for its bio-diversity, as many migrating birds stop here on their voyage to and from Africa.
From Vai, the tour returns to its starting point.
Note: The price for this tour is for the vehicle with a capacity of from 12 to 19 people as participants. Contact us for pricing and arrangements if your group size is of fewer or a greater number of people. If you would like to start or finish this tour in any other place on the island other than in Heraklion or the area around Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda, please contact us for prices and arrangements in that regard.
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Property Price
Price per night: € 1,175
Property Address
Address: Heraklion or Aghios Nikolaos area
County: Heraklion or Aghios Nikolaos area
State: Crete
Country: Greece
Property Details
Property ID: 4079
Property Size: 12 m2
Property Lot Size: 19 m2
Property Features
Kitchen
Internet
Smoking Allowed
TV
Wheelchair Accessible
Elevator in Building
Indoor Fireplace
Heating
Essentials
Doorman
Pool
Washer
Hot Tub
Dryer
Gym
Free Parking on Premises
Wireless Internet
Pets Allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
Suitable for Events
Non Smoking
Phone (booth/lines)
Projector(s)
Bar / Restaurant
Air Conditioner
Scanner / Printer
Fax

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