DIA: THE SECRET ISLET OF CRETE
Dia is visible from Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa and from Heraklion Prefecture and along its south side there are four bays. One of them, the only port and the beach is called ‘the bay of Agios Georgios’, then there is the bay of ‘Caparis’, the bay of ‘Panagia’ and the bay of ‘Agrielia’. On its east side, the bay is called ‘Aginara’.
The renowned oceanographer Jacque-Yves Cousteau, after exploring the sea around Dia in 1974-1976, revealed big rectangular rocks near the island’s southern bay. Cousteau believes that the island was the largest and most important port of Knossos in the distant past. Moreover, it is believed that this little islet used to have forests, springs and a variety of animals, but the volcano’s eruption of Santorini destroyed everything, leaving it a rocky island.
Noways, Dia is environmentally protected as part of the Natura 2000 and on the island you can find a number of protected plans and species such as the snail Albinaria retusa, the lizard Podacris Erchadii Sviebeli, the wild rabbit Oryctolagus, Eleonoroas falcon also known as mavropetritis and the kri-kri goat.