For those seeking to explore Crete, the island of Dia is an ideal destination. Located just 12 miles north of Heraklion city, the uninhabited island is full of natural beauty. Excursion boats run daily during the summer, allowing visitors to admire the rugged landscape and swim in the crystal-clear waters. The boats dock at the port of Agios Georgios (Saint George), the first bay of Dia, where there is a large pier for the boats. On the opposite side of the port, visitors can explore the scenic chapel of Analipsis (Ascension of Christ). Evidence of Minoan exploration can be found in this well-protected cove. There are two small, sandy beaches on the western side of the island, perfect for swimming and enjoying the turquoise waters. The path to the chapel of Analipsis is also full of charm, with two more sandy beaches and the picturesque Church of the Ascension. Between the church and the shelter of Dia, visitors can even stay overnight with permission from the Port Office of Heraklion.