LATSIDA is a small village surrounded by olive groves at the head of the valley which leads down to Agios Nikolaos. It's a lively, properous village full of paradoxes - laid back, yet busy; simple but complex; quiet, yet noisy and full of people who seem to enjoy life to the full. It boasts two very good tavernas, indeed, one is renowned far and wide, is packed every night, and yet still remains one of the cheapest tavernas on the island. LATSIDA is about 2 km from NEAPOLI, which is in itself a charming small town offering the visitor all that you could possibly need on your doorstep - museums, a cinema, good supermarkets, interesting shops and a giant square surrounded by pavement cafes, where you can while away many an hour just watching the world go round. It also has a very good taxi service, and a modern bus terminus, from where you can get to most places on the island.
LATSIDA is close to the the main highway and the coast is easily reached, about a 10 minute drive away. To the west are the beaches of Sissi, Malia, and Stalis and to the East is Agios Nikolaos. One of the great charms about living in a village is that you can be a tourist by day on the beaches etc, and then in the evening retreat to the village, and enjoy all that is Greek.
LIMNES is a much bigger village than LATSIDA. It is in the same valley, but on the other side of Neapoli, and therefore that much closer to Agios Nikolaos. LIMNES is surrounded by extremely fertile agricultural land, full of olive groves, grape vines, almond trees, and market gardens. It boasts several shops,kafenenions and two large, well used tavernas. Do try the tavernas, they are very good, and inexpensive. Limnes is a conservation village. A wonderful place to stroll around, especially at night when all the villagers are outside their houses. enjoying the cool of the evening.
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