manusia23.eu.org - Our destiny awaits us in Greece and surrounded by the waters of the Aegean Sea. We visit the point on the planet where the great painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos, El Greco, was born. We are in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, a place that enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate and that in ancient times was baptized as 'the island of olive trees', due to the abundant presence of these trees and their usual cultivation.
In the eastern part of Crete we find the Lassithi region, a territory full of charming cities. One of them is our protagonist. We refer to Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas), a town located just over 50 kilometers from Heraklion, the capital of the island, and next to the magnificent Mirabello Bay. It is a place that has managed to preserve its traditions, despite being one of the Cretan destinations most used to receiving tourists.
One of the most attractive aspects of Agios Nikolaos is that it is a city that surrounds a lake. It is a small circular lake called Voulismeni that is located in the center of the town and that, apparently, was born as a result of the collapse of a volcano. Mythological legends tell that the goddesses Athena and Artemis bathed in the waters of this magnificent lake that communicates with the port through a channel. By the way, the port is another of the places that demand our attention.
The small and picturesque port has always been a key element throughout the history of the city. Romans, Venetians and Turks knew how to see its full potential, so thanks to him the population went through flourishing times in different historical periods. Today, this area of Agios Nikolaos is one of its busiest and most vibrant places.
It is interesting to note that small boats depart from the port that take us to the nearby island of Spinalonga. This small piece of land is a symbol for the Cretans and its past is full of historical events. Many peoples have disputed this strategic point of Greece. At present it is uninhabited and can be visited to discover it by walking and touring its Venetian fortress. In addition, the natural beauty of its surroundings and the incredible waters that surround it make Spinalonga an unforgettable place that is highly sought after by diving enthusiasts.
Back in Agios Nikolaos, we cannot miss the Archaeological Museum of the city, especially if we like history. It is the second most important on the island and reveals the historical origins of this part of the planet. And as we continue walking through the charming streets of the town, we will not miss its small Byzantine church, a temple dedicated to Saint Nicholas, built in the 7th century and located on a rocky promontory from which we get magnificent views of the environment.Dawud
After so much going back and forth around Agios Nikolaos, nothing better than relaxing enjoying a good bath or a pleasant walk along the town's small beach, a cozy place that invites us to disconnect after so many emotions in this privileged place on the island. from Crete. It's also a good idea to go to the nearby coastal town of Elounda, popular for its pristine beaches. The town belongs to Agios Nikolaos and is one of the most touristic corners of the island.