Kritsa is an attraction for every visitor. It is built on two hills at the foot of the mountain at an altitude of about Kastelos 365m. Located 8Km southwest of Saint Nicholas. Kritsa has about 2100 inhabitants main occupation in agriculture, animal husbandry, production of local products and tourism.
It is one of the oldest villages of Crete and retains significantly more intact, the old architectural physiognomy. Its inhabitants are descendants of the hetero Latouche, whose ruins are located 3 km northeast of the village. Kritsa inhabited continuously from the Late Minoan years onwards. It was the largest village in Crete throughout the Middle Ages. In 1867 became the seat of the municipality.
During your visit to the village, you will enjoy the walk in the paved square with large trees. You will walk through the narrow streets with stairs and stone fountains and enjoy all sorts of flowers that smell in the courtyards of houses. You descend the path of Chaniotenas with fountains designated as historical monuments and a rest beneath the towering eucalyptus trees next to the running water. You will admire the splendid embroidery, knitted and woven in painting that the women of the village and they sell in tourist shops. You will visit the churches located in the village and are these monuments: St. John the Baptist, the Virgin Hodegitria, Holy Spirit, St. George Kavousiotis, the Master Jesus.
Panagia Kera, located 1Km east Kritsas. It is a three-aisled, barrel-vaulted church with a dome. The nave of the dome is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, the north to St. Anthony and south to St. Anne. Dating from the 13th century. Each aisle contains paintings from different periods, representing different religious themes. The rich content thereof (including scenes from the life of St. Anne and the Virgin Mother of God of the apocryphal Gospels, which are not usual in Byzantine art), the archaic style, but also the aesthetics will amaze you. Recent excavations in the interior and the exterior of the temple unearthed inscriptions and a large number of cist graves. It is the most famous Byzantine monument of Crete.
At the same time you can enjoy your coffee under the green olives in the traditional coffee shops and tavernas.
The ruins of ancient Lato located about 5 km from Agios Nikolaos, scattered between two hills, at an altitude of 380m, and have stunning views of Mirabello Bay.
The name comes from the Lato goddess Leto, which probably worshiped here. However, the patron of the city was the goddess of childbirth, Ilithyia, depicted on the coins of Lato.
The city was the Minoan period, but actually flourished after the Dorian invasion. Lato was one of the strongest cities in Crete, as evidenced by the agreements (inscriptions have survived) to other cities. The port of Lato was the site of the St. Nicholas and named Kamara. The Arch the 3rd-2nd century BC took the lead from the city of Lato, like most coastal places in Crete, due to the development of sea trade.
Lato is archaeological site and is considered the best-preserved classical city – Hellenistic period in Crete and one of the most comprehensive in Greece. Here you can see the fortifications, the market prytaneion, small theater, temples, public buildings, tanks, etc.
The village is located in Lasithi and belongs to the municipality of Agios Nikolaos. According to the census of 2011 has 476 inhabitants and an area of 30 481 square kilometers.There are a lot of taverns you can taste traditional food and sweets.