2 TRIPS PER DAY - 01 May to 31 October Duration : 4 hours Timetable : a) 10:30 - 14:30 & b) 15:00 - 19:00
Wherever you find yourselves along this trip, you’ll be amazed. This is your chance to take a close look at one of Crete’s most popular and famous destinations, enjoy crystal clear water, admire enchanting scenery and absorb tons of sun. A once in a lifetime experience you’ll cherish forever. So, book today, already!
Leaving our base at the Mirabello Hotel
Exploring the sunken city of Olous
Swimming at Kolokytha beach
Sailing along the coast
Enjoying drinks and fruit
Exploring unique places
Sunbathing by Spinalonga
Approaching the pier at Spinalonga.
Half-day Cruise to Mirabello Gulf
What you’ll discover here
The first signs of settlement date back to Minoan times. In 1579 during the Venetian occupation of Crete the Venetians built a fortress on the island to guard the bay of Mirabello. In 1715 the Turks, who occupied Crete for almost 200 years took over the fortress. Between 1900 and 1957 it was used as a leper-colony. Today the island is an open-air museum.
This day is beyond any doubt one of the highlights of your holiday on Crete.
The Route, places we visit and activities
Olus is an ancient ruin of a town located under the water in the bay of Elounda. This intriguing site can be reached by snorkelling or diving from the narrow strip of land that joins the mainland and Kolokytha peninsula, with access just south of Elounda. It is thought to have existed before 780 AD. Some mosaic floors and ruined wall structures can be seen on land, on the thin isthmus between Elounda and Kolokytha.
Depicting birds and fish, these mosaics are all that remain of two chapels associated with the town.
Coins excavated from the site show Zeus, an eagle, a dolphin or a star. Artefacts from the site can be seen in the archaeological museum of Agios Nikolaos and in the Louvre.
The sunken city of OLOUS
Olus, and accordingly the wider region, were depopulated at the middle of the 7th century because of the raids of the Arab pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. Olus remained deserted until the mid-15th century when the Venetians began to construct salt-pans in the shallow and salty waters of the gulf. Subsequently, the region acquired commercial value and became inhabited. This fact, in combination with the emergent Turkish threat, particularly after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and the continuous pirate raids, forced the Venetians to fortify the island of Spinalonga.
The Venetian salt-pans
Very close to Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula there is an islet called Kolokytha. On the opposite side of the islet there is a wonderful beach, the beach of Saint Loukas or “Kolokythas“, as it is called by the locals.
The water is superbly clean, and the branches of the old olive trees literally reach over the sandy beach.