The sunshine holiday island of Crete is a great destination for a family holiday say airflights.co.uk. Just three and a half hours flying time from the UK puts you on this Greek holiday island that has something for everyone.
Book a cheap flight to either Heraklion to the east or Chania on the west and book one of the islands great hotels or apartments from online agency airflights.co.uk. Beaches, sunshine and history all on this wonderful island in the southern Aegean sea.
Popular resorts such as Gouves, the party resort of Malia, Rethymnon, Sitia, Chania, Hersonissos, Elounda the smaller Plaka and Agios Nicolaos all have something to offer tourists. The island offers many great Blue flag beaches including Kitroplatia, Ammos and Ammoudi in Agios Nicolaos, and Driros which is situated between Elounda and Plaka.
Opposite the cheap holiday resort of Plaka is the famous island of Spinalonga, located in the eastern side of Crete, near the cheap holiday resort of Elounda. And dating back to the Venetian occupation of Crete, the name Spinalonga is Italian for "long thorn".
The Venetians built the fortress on Spinalonga back in the 1500's apparently over the ruins of an acropolis. The island is known for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe, being used as late as 1957. The last inhabitant, a priest, left back in 1962.
Today, the unoccupied island of Spinalonga is one of the main tourist attractions on Crete and many boat trips are organised from the popular holiday resort town of Agios Nicolaos. In addition to the Island and the fortress, Spinalonga has some small beaches but most tourists use the beaches in nearby Elounda or Plaka. The island can easily be accessed from the cheap holiday resorts of Elounda or Agios Nikolaos. Tourist boats depart from both towns on a daily basis. There are no hotels on Spinalonga, so all tours last just a few hours. Tourist boat trips from the traditional Greek resort of Elounda take approximately fifteen minutes while trips sailing from the pretty harbour in Agios Nikolaos can take upwards of one hour. The tourists boats depart from the pretty cosmopolitan centre of Agios adjacent to Lake Voulismeni a former freshwater lake but now connected to the sea. Located right in the centre of Agios Nikolaos it is roughly a round shape some 137 metres in diameter but deep with a depth believed to be some 64 metres. Local residents simply refer to it as just 'the lake'. Which is lined with pretty tourist bars and restaurants, the lake connects to Agios's harbour.
Local legend has it that the lake Voulismeni is bottomless! Based apparently on locals noticing disturbances at the surface of the water during an earthquake in 1956 on the famous Greek island of Santorini, many assume that there is a possible geological relation between the two resorts.
The holiday island of Santorini is considered by some Greeks to be the ancient lost city of Atlantis.
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Article ID: 923, Posted: Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:44:59 GMT