Jaap van 't Veen's photos with the Kriti

Greece - Crete, Arkadi Monastery

Greece - Crete, Arkadi Monastery
Arkadi Monastery is located on the edge of the Psilorítis Mountains at an altitude of 500 metres, on a fertile plateau with olive groves, vineyards, pine, cypress and oak trees.

The exact date of the foundation of the monastery is not precisely known. S…
Added on November 27, 2017

Greece - Crete, Lake Kournas

Greece - Crete, Lake Kournas
Lake Kournas is the only natural lake in Crete. It is one of the very few areas with plenty of fresh water throughout the year; for this reason, it is protected under the Natura 2000 program. Lake Kournas has been created by accumulation of groundwater co…
Added on October 30, 2017

Greece - Crete, Chania

Greece - Crete, Chania
The old harbour of Chania - situated next to the old city - was built in the mid 14th century by the Venetians during their occupation of Crete. It was an important center, serving the Venetian military ships, as well as one of the most important commerci…
Added on October  2, 2017

Greece - Crete, Aptera

Greece - Crete, Aptera
Aptera (literally meaning "without wings") is a lesser known archeological site not too far away from Chania. It was the most powerful city of western Crete from Minoan through Hellenistic times. The earliest mention of the Aptera is found as “A-pa-ta-wa”…
Added on August 31, 2017

Greece - Crete, Kato Preveli

Greece - Crete, Kato Preveli
The single arched bridge is known by many as the ‘Venetian Bridge’, but although the style is Venetian the bridge was built in 1850 by the monks of the nearby monastery. The bridge comprises of two inclined stone laid levels of 13,30 meters width and 7,60…
Added on July 31, 2017

Greece - Crete, Kourtaliotiko Gorge

Greece - Crete, Kourtaliotiko Gorge
The Kourtaliotiko Gorge (Κουρταλιώτικο Φαράγγι) is considered being one of the most beautiful gorges in Crete. It follows the Kourtaliotiko River flowing southwards between the mountains of Kouroupa (984 m) and Xiron (904 m).

Coming from the north the go…
Added on July 14, 2017

Greece - Crete, Spili

Greece - Crete, Spili
Unlike many other churches we visited in Greece and Crete this church (Saint Peter and Paul Church or Saint Raphael Church ??) is a quite modern one, being built in the early 1990’s in a tasteful way. The church is located just outside the village of Spil…
Added on June 30, 2017

Greece - Crete, Gortys

Greece - Crete, Gortys
Gortys, (also called Gortyn or Gortyna) was the most important Roman town on Crete, but its origins go back to the end of the Bronze Age. It is one of the most important cities in Crete with an unbroken history of 6.000 years and one of the most extensive…
Added on June  9, 2017

Greece - Crete, Ierapetra

Greece - Crete, Ierapetra
Freshly harvested peppers in a pickup truck in a street in Ierapetra.

Ierapetra is the centre of agriculture on the south coast of Crete. Besides the traditional olive cultivation, the area also exports large quantities of fruit and vegetables. These are…
Added on April 16, 2017

Greece - Crete, Ano Zakros

Greece - Crete, Ano Zakros
Ano Zakros, a little village in the eastern part of Crete, is well known for its fresh lush green water source.

The crystal waters - about 800 cubic meters per hour - flowing ceaselessly for centuries, making the surrounding land fertile and supplying…
Added on March 30, 2017

Greece - Vai

Greece - Vai
The palm forest of Vai, is considered being one of the most beautiful natural sights in Crete. Vai is not the only natural palm forest in Crete, but with an area of approximately 250.000 square metres and about 5.000 palm trees it is certainly the largest…
Added on February 27, 2017

Greece - Crete, Matala

Greece - Crete, Matala
Sunset at the beach of Matala.

Matala once was the place of the flower power and the hippy-scene. Before 1970, when the flower-children and the hippies overrunned the quiet fishing village, Matala only existed of ten houses, one tavern, a beautiful bea…
Added on February  6, 2017

Greece - Mochlos

Greece - Mochlos
Mochlos is located on the north coast of Crete, between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia. Only being accessible along one of the two narrow winding roads from the main road, it still is one of the few truly quiet places left on the island. The heart of the villag…
Added on November 14, 2016

Greece - Spinalonga

Greece - Spinalonga
Spinalonga (officially known as Kalydon) is an arid and barren rocky islet lying at the mouth of the natural port of Elounda and opposite to the village of Plaka.

From the year of 1204 Crete was ruled by the Republic of Venice. To protect the port of El…
Added on October 20, 2016

Greece - Lasithi

Greece - Lasithi
One of the few remaining windmills on the Lasithi Plateau, located on an altitude of more than 800 metres in the eastern part of Crete. The plateau was famous for its thousands of windmills with their typical white sails. As a matter of fact they were mor…
Added on September 26, 2016

Greece - Heraklion, Agios Dimitrios

Greece - Heraklion, Agios Dimitrios
Agios Dimitrios is a small Orthodox church. It is a real hidden gem, located a little bit out of the way.

I tried to find any further information, but didn’t succeed; even the tourist information centre of Heraklion couldn’t tell anything about the churc…
Added on August 20, 2016

Greece - Heraklion, Venetian harbour

Greece - Heraklion, Venetian harbour
The first attempt to create a harbour in the bay of Heraklion (in that time called Chandax) took place during the Arab period (9th-10th century). Following the restoration of Crete to the Byzantine Empire in the year of 961, Chandax developed into a thriv…
Added on July 20, 2016

Greece - Heraklion, Agios Titos Church

Greece - Heraklion, Agios Titos Church
The church of Agios Titos (Saint Titus Church) is one of the most important monuments in Crete. It can be found on a lovely square in the city centre of Heraklion. The original church of Agios Titos on this location was built in the 10th century by the By…
Added on July  1, 2016