It was our second time to Agios Nikolaos and my husband and I were looking for something new to do on the island during our one-day Port stop there. In browsing the Internet, I came across Steve Lenton's comprehensive website describing the flora, fauna, animals, people and climate of the Katharo Plateau on Crete: www.exploringkatharo.com. Steve Lenton is an Englishman who moved to Crete about 7 years ago after he retired and has developed an extensive knowledge of cretan wildflowers which he thoroughly chronicles online at: www.cretanflora.com. For a nominal fee, Steve will personally guide you through the dirt paths that wind through the fertile Katharo Plateau approximately 1,150 meters above Agios Nikolaos. We e-mailed Steve to reserve a walk. He recommended a rental car agency for us on the island. (Byron Rent A Car, 4 Akti Koundourou Street, Agios Nikolaos, Crete 72100 - Telephone: +30-28410-028480 - e-mail: email@example.com) We met Steve and picked up our rental car at the Port and spent 6 hours with him one beautiful day in May 2014. On our way to the Plateau, we made several stops. The first stop was at the archaeological site of Lato an ancient city believed to have been built in the 3rd/4th century B.C. After Lato, we drove through Kritsa and stopped at Panagia Kera, a Byzantine church. During our drive up the winding road to the Plateau we passed olive oil orchards, shaggy goats grazing on the hillside vegetation and, pleasingly, very few other cars. The drive provided great vistas of the city and terrain below. When we arrived at the Plateau, we meet at the O Zervas Taverna, where we started our walk with a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and ended the walk with a delicious salad of Feta cheese, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, olive oil and rustic "Dakos" wheat bread. The Taverna's Cretan proprietors Yanni and his wife are a charming couple. It was a great day!
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