Eastern Crete is one of the most beautiful spots in the Mediterranean. It is a hospitable land with exquisite beaches (Itanos, Kouremenos, Chiona, Xyrokampos) and a century-long history. It is scattered with monuments dating back to ancient times, up to 2500 BC, such as the Minoan palace in Zakros, with many main buildings preserved to date. This is a charming area surrounded by spectacularly beautiful ecosystems.
Near “Dionysos Authentic Resort & Village” you can explore an open pristine 6,250-acre area:
Gorges, islets, caves as well as olive groves and vineyards comprise the Dionysos Greek Village immediate natural environment.
Sitia, the town of poets, Agios Nikolaos with its beautiful lake, Ierapetra, the noble town on the Libyan Sea and picturesque small villages, create a hospitable environment ideal for excursions.
Within a 90km distance one can discover Spinalonga. The small isle was a Hansen patient (leper) collony from 1903 to 1957. It has recently become a known destination due to Victoria Hislop's best selling novel "The Island", also a 26-part mini-series since 2010.
The visitor can cross to Spinalonga from the nearby village of Plaka and wonder the ruins of the old institution and the village where the story takes place.
The plateau of Lasithi with its windmills and the Diktaean cave, where legend has it that Zeus, the father of gods, was born, invite us to set out on endless explorations.
And if you fancy rambling even further, the Minoan place in Knossos and Faistos, the gorge of Samaria with its breath-taking natural beauty, and in general Crete are there for you to explore!