Have a camera with you, and your swimmers mind the water its a little bit chilly in under blue caves.
Despite having visited Crete more times than I can remember, I had never ventured up to the Katharo Plateau, so decided to give it a go after spending part of the day in Agios Nikolaos. You follow the road to the mountain village of Kritsa, after which the road starts to climb sharply, affording jaw-dropping views back towards Agios Nikolaos. At 1150 meters above sea level, the Katharo is considerably higher than Lassithi but is way less developed or cultivated. It has no peripheral road as does Lassithi but a series of tracks, some pretty rough, that lead to the few small villages up here. Rusticity is the word here, little black clad old ladies, and the occasional farmer riding a ricketty three-wheeled tractor that in many places, would have been consigned to the scrap yard years ago.We stopped at a taverna in one of the villages, Kopraki, and for once, were rather pleased to find that neither of the people in that taverna spoke any English, so we ordered our drinks as best we could and sat outside, in the shade from the heat, although it was considerably cooler here than down on the coast.If you have a 4 x 4, it is possible to access the Lassithi plateau via the dirt road that runs north from Kopraki, to join the Neapoli - Lassithi road a kilometer or so east of Mesa Lassithi. Next time we will bring a 4 x 4 rather than a Peugeot 206 and make that ride. Wonderful.
A really nice way to pass an hour or so, being shown the workings of a Cretan olive farmhouse from bygone days, and the opportunity to buy some of the very best olive oil, tapenade and other products. Anyone staying in the Mirabello Hotel and Village is well placed as it's literally a couple of hundred yards down the road.
A fantastic, amasing view! Especially at nights. Curious ducks on the water.A lot af cafes and restaurants around. Lights everywhere and well-dressed people.
We had a day on Zakynthos from an Oceania cruise and wanted to see the Blue Caves. We rented a car and drove (30 kms) up to Aghios Nicholaos (St Nicholas) harbour. Captain Christos's zodiac style boat departs regularly to take passengers for the short trip up to and into the caves; it's a great value / no frills experience which includes the opportunity to swim in the amazing blue water. Because this cruise departs from the habour rather than down the relatively steep track from the windmill or a similar cruise with the Potamitis Brothers. Captain Christos and his American wife went out of their way to ensure we had a great time. They also recommended Orizontes restaurant (on the hill above the harbor) for lunch afterwards.We had a magical time and are so pleased we did this.