West Crete

Santorini is considered by many of what remains of Lost Atlantis, due to the volcanic eruption that caused a large part of the original island to sink.

Heading west we arrive at Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake in Crete, (protected under the Natura 2000 program) the lake is fed by underground springs from the melting snow of the White Mountains and supports an area of wild life birds, turtles and a large variety of wild flowers. The actual depth of the lake is unknown…

Chania our first stop is at Venizelos’ Tombs with the best panoramic view over the town of Chania. Eleftherios Venizelos was the most prominent political figure in modern Greece, who set the foundations for a modern and independent Greek state.

Going down the town we stop at the municipal market, located in the centre of the Old Town, where the main fortifications once stood, the market is considered one of the largest and most impressive covered markets in the Balkans. The market has many shops, including butchers’, fishmongers’ and other general stores , and is commonly known by the locals  as the “Agora”. Walking through the small streets behind the market, we eventually arrive at the Venetian Harbour with its lighthouse, the symbol of Chania. The port of Chania is one of the busiest places during the day and the most romantic spot at night. Filled with wooden fishing boats, seafood “tavernas”, romantic small streets and cafes is totally enchanting by night. The mosque, erected by the Ottoman Turks , the arsenals, where the Venetians repaired their galleys, and a yachting marina are perfectly suitable for you to visit.

Rethymno like Chania still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains. The small Venetian harbour with its lighthouse, the old fishing boats, the traditional restaurants & the narrow picturesque streets are begging you to explore them with the locals and visitors creating a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere.