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The Mirabello Gulf. One of the most breathtaking corners of Crete, where the sea, the land and the sky create a mesmerizing kaleidoscope that captivates the visitor’s senses. Harmonically placed at the heart of this well-balanced scenery, you will find Pleiades. An award-winning complex of nine luxurious, independent villas, each with its own character, design and style. The perfect choice whether you seek an ideal getaway for serenity and comfort or a convenient starting point to explore eastern Crete’s landmarks and nature.

The Location

Once upon a time, two of Greece’s most beautiful goddesses, Athena and Artemis, chose to bathe in a small, yet bottomless lake somewhere in eastern Crete. Nowadays, you will find the city of Aghios Nikolaos built around this same lake -which is today called Voulismeni, Apatos (“bottomless” in Greek) or simply Lake by the locals. A visit to the city will get you in touch with one of the most authentic corners of the island, where you can combine shopping and original local gastronomy.

Very close to the city, in the Dikte Mountains, one of the most fascinating destinations awaits the Byzantine culture aficionados. The Church of Panagia Kera, with its well-preserved 13th century frescoes, is a cultural landmark not just for the region, but for the entire island.

Aghios Nikolaos is an ideal base for excursions as it is situated 75 kilometers from Herakleion, 70 kilometers from Siteia and 36 kilometers from Ierapetra.

Just 10km outside Aghios Nikolaos lies Elounda. At the location where once was situated the -sunken today- city of Olous and later a small fishing village, you will find one of the world’s most well-known resorts with a beautiful scenery.

Finally, very close to Elounda is the island of Spinalonga (“the long thorn”) a once part of mainland Crete, until the Venetians decided to carve it out of the coast for defense purposes. From a salt pan center to a strategically placed fort and a leper colony during the first half of the 20th century, Spinalonga is today a popular tourist attraction thanks to its Venetian fortress (built in 1579), the remains of the colony and its shallow water beaches.

Approximate Distances to main points of interest:

Beach:   800m
Agios Nikolaos:  2km
Elounda:  11km
Domes of Elounda: 13km
Plaka:   15km
Malia:   31km
Lasithi:   44km
Heraklion airport:   60km
Heraklion:   65km
Knossos:   71km
Domes Noruz Chania: 230km

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