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10 OCTOBER AGIOS NIKOLAOS, CRETE, GREEK ISLANDS

INCLUDED EXCURSION Choice ALOMBO CITY

East of Heraklion and standing on the shores of the beautiful Mirabelo Bay, lies Agios Nikolaos, named after the delightful Byzantine chapel of St Nicholas that was erected on the spot called "Nissi" during the 7th century AD.

AGIOS NIKOLAOS & SPINALONGA (Half day, AM) Discover the dramatic coastal vistas that Crete offers during a scenic drive to the bustling resort of Elounda. The island of Spinalonga is located at the eastern section of Crete, near the town of Elounda. The name of the island has roots in the period of Venetian occupation. The Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli reports that Spinalonga was not always an island, but was once linked with the adjacent peninsula of Kolokitha. He mentions that in 1526, the Venetians cut down a portion of the peninsula and thus created the 6 island. Among other things, the island was also used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957, and the last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962. Today, the unoccupied island is one of the main attractions in Crete. Back at Elounda, enjoy a refreshment and some free time before returning to Agios Nikolaos, without doubt the most picturesque harbour in Crete. The history of the town begins in historical times, when it was the harbour of “Lato Etera�. It was also used as a harbour during Roman times and the First Byzantine Period. The name Agios Nikolaos is that of the small Byzantine church located on the peninsula of the Port. Enjoy your walking tour of the town before returning to the vessel.

Spinalonga

Agios Nikolaos

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