Dia Cruise

65e

Discovering The Island Of Dia

  • Pick up
Heraklion Estate
  • Day
Every Day
  • Departure
9:54
  • Return time
17:15
  • Discount for children 0-5
Free
  • Discount for children 6-10
50%
  • Food
INC The Price
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Dia is an uninhabited island approximately 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion. It is surrounded by small rocky inlets and its maximum length is 5kms while its maximum width 3kms. Dia is one of NATURA's protected areas due to its status as a biotope for endemic plants and for plants with low dispersal within the Southern Aegean.

It is also a vital breeding site for seabirds and species associated with coastal cliffs and one of the most important nesting areas for Eleonora's Falcon in the Southern Aegean. Monk seals and dolphins are also often seen by local fishermen around the shores.
 

According to the legend Dia was a monster created by Zeus in order to kill all Cretans because they were hunting his beloved wild goats (kri kri). The goats were children of Amaltheia the goat that nurtured Zeus with milk while he was hiding from his father Cronus in Diktaion Antron Cave.Then, Poseidon, the god of Sea, said to Zeus: "My Father and King, how can you devastate Kourites? Is that the way to repay the good that they have made to you?". Kourites were Cretans that were banging loudly on their shields when Zeus was crying, so as not to be heard by his father Cronus, who would eat Zeus. Zeus immediately changed his mind. Then he took two pieces of rusk and threw them towards Crete. So, when the monster tried to eat them, Zeus with a thunderbolt petrified the dragon with the rusks. This is how Dia and the two islets of Paximadi and Petalidi were born. Also, according to legend, Theseus, after killing the Minotaur, escaped to Dia with Ariadne.


 

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