Where to Go

Attractions in Crete

Being within a few minutes’ walk from the bus stop that serves buses and coaches and connects the cities of the island, Lato Boutique Hotel serves as the ideal starting point for short or long excursions & tours and exploration of the most important attractions of Crete.


Rethymno (Heraklion - Rethymnon 79km)

Fortezza Venetian Fortress

Famous for being the largest Venetian fortress ever built, the Fortezza is a stunning trademark of Rethymno, an iconic symbol of the city's importance, and a beacon of Cretan culture. Among the interesting attractions within, visitors will find the Bastion of Santa Maria, the Erofili Theatre (a structure built during the XX century, and used for a variety of outdoor events in the summer), the late XIX century Orthodox church of Agia Ekaterini, the Rector's Residence, and the Orthodox church of Agios Theodoros Trichinas, to name just a few.

Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymno

A visit to the Historical and Folk Art Museum of the city takes you back to the Cretan culture that thrived in the past, which is still an important point of reference and inspiration for Cretans. Even the building housing the museum is an important landmark, a fine example of traditional Venetian town houses of the XVII century.

Holy Monastery of Arkadio

Once a place for science and art, drawing many scholars and academics, the Holy Monastery of Arkadi played an important role in the Cretan resistance against the Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt of 1866. You will find an impressive memorial, honoring the sacrifice of the heroes of the revolt, about sixty meters to the West, outside the monastery.

Lasithi (Heraklion – Agios Nikolaos: 64 km, Heraklion – Ierapetra: 101 km, Heraklion – Siteia: 144 km)

Elounda, Plaka

Within a distance of 10 km from Agios Nikolaos, this resort has loyal visitors especially during the summer months. Not far from this traditional fishing village turned to a seaside resort, you will find one of Crete's most famous beaches, Plaka. With deep blue waters, a magnificent view of Spinalonga and traditional seafood and fish cuisine, it will only take one visit to Plaka to convert you into a devotee.

Folk Art Museum of Sitia

The Folk Art Museum of Sitia was founded in 1974, and it is considered to be one of the most important museums of the Greek province. It hosts a rich variety of exhibits that carry forward feelings and visualizations of an old traditional Cretan house.

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Lake Voulismeni

Commonly known among the locals as 'the Lake', the small lagoon located in the center of Agios Nikolaos has linked its name to myths and legends (one even implying that the goddess Athena bathed in it). Lake Voulismeni is the main landmark of this urban centre and a favorite attraction for every visitor.


Officially known as Kalydon, Spinalonga is located at a distance of approximately 800 m from the Cretan shore, right opposite Elounda and Plaka. During the summer, you may visit it taking a boat from Elounda or Agios Nikolaos. With a diverse history mostly connected to the XX century leper colony and the Leprosy Hospital, which closed down in 1965 and is now abandoned. Spinalonga is today uninhabited. Lack of accommodation on Spinalonga means that you can visit the island only for a few hours.

Chania (Heraklion – Chania: 142 km)

Beaches in Chania

Crystal clear waters, hot sun, endless beaches, secluded coves and idyllic sunsets make the best vacation! Here are the most attractive beaches of western Crete! Visit Elafonissi, Stavros, Ballos, Gramvoussa, Falasarna!

Samaria Gorge

The Samaria gorge is the longest in Europe (total length 16km), and one of the most impressive gorges in Greece. It starts from Xylóskalo, at an altitude of 1,230m. The width of the gorge is 150m at its widest point and 3m at its narrowest.

Visitors can descend into the gorge and walk for about 6 to 8 hours, so it is better to start by 7:00am or 8:00am. At the end of the path (Agia Roumeli beach), you will enjoy swimming and tavernas within full view of the Mediterranean Sea. Boats to Sfakia or Sougia, leave from Agia Pelagia at 13:00 and at 17:00.

Agia Triada Monastery

The Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity), or Tzagarolon Monastery, is one of the most impressive monasteries you will see in Crete. The Monastery plays an important role in the ecclesiastical life of Crete and the local economy, while it is also one of the major historical monuments of the island. The monastery supports schools and operates one within the monastery itself since 1892.


Fragocastello is the location of a castle and scattered settlement on the south coast of Crete. The castle was built by the Venetians in 1371-74 to impose order on the rebellious Sfakia region, to deter pirates, and to protect Venetian nobles and their properties.

It is widely known not only for the golden sandy beach above which it dominates, but also for the urban legends which accompany it.

The urban legends about the main castle are connected with the battle of 17 May 1828 A.D. between the besieged Cretan army, of Hatzi-Michali Ntaliani and Strati Delligiannaki and the Turkish conquers, with result the defeat of Cretans.

Drosoulites, as are named the shades that appear to occupy the castle before the sun-raising the second half of May, are the ghosts of Cretan Army that fell in the battle against Turks.