Villages

Archanes

Archanes is a lovely picturesque town with 3.860 permanent residents, built on a hillside within an area with luxurious vegetation and a lot of current water. It is situated at a distance of 16 kilometres far from Heraklion at the South. 
Archanes is found in the centre of an area full of archaeological sites, mainly of the Minoan period,  all of great importance.  There are many things worth seeing and visiting in the area.
The important building of the palatial type, destroyed in 1500 b.C. evidences for the existence of an important Minoan city at the place. In fact, the finds of the site in "Tourkogeitonia" ("the Turkish quartier") within the town, do confirm the importance of this Minoan site. Up to now there have been found fossilised relics of a textile, of some 5.500 -6.000 years old, big-sized storage jars and various artifacts of every day life. Excavations going on by the eminent greek archaeologists professor Yannis Sakellarakis and Efi Sapouna-Sakellaraki continue to bring in light very interesting finds.
1 kilometre far from the village to the North at Fourni,  it is found another important archaeological site. Here it has been found a quite extended cemetery, possibly the most important in the area of prehistoric Aegean. It is dated in 2.400 to 1200 b.C. Excavations carried out since 1964 by  Yannis Sakellarakis and Efi Sapouna-Sakellaraki have brought to light more than 25 buildings, most of them of funerary use, along with numerous items of everyday and ritual use.
The most important discovery at Fourni has been this of a vaulted grave (vaulted grave A), which contained the first not looted sarcophagus in Crete; the grave is dated in early 14th century b.C.
Going on with the archaeologogical sites of the area, it is worth visiting "Pisso Livadia" at Vathyetro, 4 kilometres Southern to Archanes, to see the the small palace-like Minoan villa. Archaeologists suggest that it was possibly the seat of a local governor; the building seems to have been constructed in early 16th century 
b.C., and was destroyed in around 1.550 b.C. Excavations on the site started in 1949 by the eminent greek archaeologist professor Spyros Marinatos.
The most famous archaeological site in the area is the Minoan sanctuary at "Anemospilia", some 4 kilometres far from the village of Archanes at the Northwest, on the foot of the face-shaped mountain Youchtas. The sanctuary has been excavated in 1979 by the professor Yannis Sakellarakis and according to  the finds it seemed to be a small sanctuary, with no special finds. But the place gave a serious evidence that on this place it had been performed a human sacrifice, the first known in the area of the Aegean,  just before the earthquake which destroyed the sanctuary (possibly in an effort to ward it off). At the same area you may visit the cave "Hosto Nero" interesting enough.
The most recent period of the town is represented by an excellent sample of the architectural style of the early 19th century, the "Didaktirion" (school). It is a two storey building designed by the greek architect Saliveros in 1901 and funded by the Greek - americans coming from Archanes.
A rather small but important Arcaeological Museum houses the finds from the area, along with a good collection of photos from the sites.
The town is close enough to Heraklion and access is very easy by public buses with frequent service and taxi; however the best way of arriving is by private or rented car and motorbike, as it is the only comfortable way to visit the area and enjoy both the natural environment and the evidence of a long human activity.
 
Peza
Situated at a distance of 18 kilometres far from Heraklion at the Southeast, the rather small inland village of Peza is an important agricultural and economic center, due to the extended agricultural products, mainly wine and olive oil. It has several agricultural co-operatives, many wine factories and a long tradition in viniculture and olive trees' growing. The village has a population of more than 400 permanent residents.
Despite its small size, there are many things worth seeing in the village. There are interesting buildings as the wine factory "Minos", which, apart from the production of wine, open to the visitor, has also a Museum where it is exhibited the traditional equipment of wine making.
The visitor is introduced to the secrets of wine making, through the audiovisual material available and, of course, if you be there you will be able to taste the products of the factory and buy various local products.
The Union of Agricultural Co-operatives of Peza plays a major role  in the economy of the area and there you may find high quality local products, where as in the Museum you may see equipment for wine making, soap making and olive oil industry.
Some 4 kilometres far from Peza at the Northeast, in the village of Myrtia it is found the Nikos Kazantzakis' Museum. It is also worth seeing an interesting bridge, close to the village of Aghia Irini, on the National Road leading from Heraklion to Peza and Southern Crete.
If you are interested in byzantine churches, it is worth going to the village of Kounavi, some 2 kilometres at the southwest of Peza, to see the church of Panaghia and of Christ Saviour, with the five cupolas; tradition states that the five cupolas have been built by five sisters who never married and were dedicated to God. You may also visit the small church of Aghios Ioannis, at the village of Aghios Vasilios, some 2 kilometres to the South; the church has interesting wall paintings and dates back to the 13th century.
Three important historic monasteries are found in the broader area of Peza. The Monastery of Panaghia Spiliotissa is situated at Aghios Vasilios near the church of Aghios Ioannis, within a lanscape with luxurious green and current water.
The Angarathou Monastery is found some 11 kilometres at the East, and the Monastery of Aghios Georghios Epanossifi, some 15 kilometres at the South.
Only a few rooms to let are available in the village, for those who would choose to stay here, far from the crowded beaches. But, of course, you will find good food and better wine and tsikoudia in the traditional taverns and cafes of the village.
Access from Heraklion is very easy, by public bus with frequent service, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.
 
Hani Kokkini
Chani Kokkini is an important tourist resort at the Northern coast of Crete. It is situated at a distance of 13 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East, on the Old National Road and close to the actual National Road. The village counts more than 1000 permanent residents and it is successive to the settlements of Gournes and Vathianos Kambos.
The area used to be an active Minoan center throughout the Minoan era. The palace of Niros, close to the village is dated to the New Palatial Period (17th century b.C.). It is an impressive building with tens of rooms (more than 40 only on the ground floor), stairs, corridors and two big yards. It is suggested that the building served as residence of a powerful local governor, or of a high priest; the palace was destroyed by fire. Abundant terracotta vessels as amphora, big and small jars jars were found on the site during the excavations, along with ritual artifacts and various items of everyday use.
At the West of the village, close to Vathianos Kambos  it has been found the cemetery of the site; a good number of ceramic urns have been excavated, but unfortunately today the site has suffered an almost total destruction, due to the water of the numerous torrents flowing there in winter.
Dockyard constructions of the Minoan period have been detected at the beach in front of the village.
Near Gournes excavations have brought to light a site with various buildings, chiseled tombs and artefacts, mainly pottery.
In what concerns the Christian era it is worth visiting the Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Theologos (St.John) some 4 kilometres South to the village, near the village Anopoli.
Several alternatives of accommodation is offered in the area: big hotels with full facilities, smaller hotels of all categories, studios and rooms to let are available.
Swimming is possible at the beach in front of the village  as well as st the near by beaches of Gournes and Vathianos Kambos; sea sport facilities are also available.
Numerous taverns and restaurants in the area offer good food and drink.
Access from Heraklion is very easy by public bus with regular and frequent service, by taxi as well as by rented or private car and motrobikes.
 
Gouves
Gouves is a small scenic village 2 kilometres far from the well known coastal tourist resort of Kato Gouves. Both settlements are situated at a distance of approximately 16 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East; Gouves is the smaller of the two and counts less than 350 permanent residents, whereas Kato Gouves has more that 1200 people.
 
At Kato Gouves it is worth visiting the ruins of a pottery workshop of the Minoan period. It is also worth seeing the churches of the area, as that of Zoodochos Pigi ("the Source of Life"), the patron saint of Gouves, the cave of Aghia Paraskevi, close to the village Skotino, some 4 kilometres far from Gouves at the Southeast and the Monastery of Panaghia Eleousa at the village of Voros.
Accommodation of any kind and of any category is plenty; you will find hotels, studios, rooms to let and cmpings mostly in Kato Gouves. Food and drink is available in the restaurants, taverns and cafes of both villages. Swimming and sea sport activities is possible at the sandy beaches of Kato Gouves and the area around.
Access from Herkleio is very easy by public buses with frequent service and taxi, as well as by private or rented car and motorbikes.
 
Piskopiano
31 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East, the traditional village of Piskopiano is almost united with the successive village of Koutouloufari. This village of 450 permanent residents has an interesting architecture, as many of the old houses have an arch, a very common architectural feature in the village. 
 
It is worth visiting the church of Aghios Ioannis, built in the 16th century, and renovated a few times afterwards, as well as the ruins of the three-aisled basilica of the 6th century; some of the finds of this church are exhibited in the Heraklion Museum.
It is also worth seeing the Agricultural Folk Museum, housed in an oil mill of the mid 19th century; the building has been restored and renovated by the Society of Cretan Historic Studies and there are presented professional activities of the past as a traditional oil-mill, a cooper's workshop, a carpenter's workshop, a forge and other traditional activities. The Museum has also a rich collection of various traditional instruments and a good collection of photographs from the early and mid 20th century.
Many hotels of all categories, studios and rooms in traditional restored mansions and rooms to let are available for accommodation. You will enjoy food and drink in the restaurants, taverns and traditional cafes of Piskopiano and of the nearby Koutouloufari. And, if you can't miss swimming and sea sports, all the beaches of Chersonissos are waiting for you.
Access from Heraklion is very easy, by public bus with frequent service, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.
 
Koutouloufari
Situated at a distance of 32 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East, the traditional village of Koutouloufari is almost united with the village of Piskopiano. This village of 600 permanent residents has an interesting architecture, as many of the old houses have an arch, a very common architectural feature in the village. 
 
Many hotels of all categories, studios and rooms in traditional restored mansions and rooms to let are available for accommodation. You will enjoy food and drink in the restaurants, taverns and traditional cafes of  the village and of the nearby Piskopiano. For swimming and sea sports, you may pop up to any of beaches of Chersonissos, just a few kilometres far away.
Access from Heraklion is very easy, by public bus with frequent service, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.
 
Hersonissos
Hersonissos or Limenas Chersonissou is the most cosmopolitan and touristy developed resort of the prefecture and possibly of the island; and of course is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
It is situated some 28 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East and counts approximately 3000 permanent residents.
The place must have been a cosmopolitan one even in the past, as it is shown by the rich and important relics of the past, the most important of them being the Minoan settlement located near the actual church of Aghia Paraskevi at the western part of the port.
A very wide range of hotels of every category and for all budgets, studios and rooms to let as well as campings are available for the visitors. Many taverns, restaurants, cafes and bars offer good food and drink; there is  also an intense and fascinating nightlife. Swimming is possible at the beach of the town, as well as at the small coves of the area. Facilities of sea sport, including a water park complete the image of the resort.
Access from Heraklio is very easy by public buses with frequent service and taxi, as well as by private or rented car and motorbikes. A small port with yatch facilities is available, whereas in summer excursion boats can get you to the isle of Dia every day.
 

Stalida

A tourist resort, very popular and crowded in summer, Stalida is situated at a distance of 3 kilometres at the West of Malia and at a distance of 33 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East. The town counts some 1000 permanent residents.
 
Three local feasts ("panighyri") take place in the area: on the 26th of October in honour of Aghios Dimitrios, and on the 13th of November and 27th of January in honour of Aghios Ioannis (St. John).
Accommodation of any kind and for all budgets is plenty; you may find hotels, rooms to let, studios and apartments. Food and drink is not a problem; taverns, restaurants and cafes are abundant, offering a wide range of tastes. There are also some bars and clubs for nightlife and amusement. Of course for more alternatives of amusement you can always pop up to the nearby Malia.
Access from Heraklion is possible by public bus, taxi and rented and private car and mortorbikes.
The beaches of the area are all beautiful, some of them sandy and suitable for swimming and others rocky and ideal for snorkelling.
 
Malia
Situated at a distance of 36 kilometres far from Heraklion at the East, Malia is a town by the sea, a big tourist resort and a very popular tourist destination, which results in big crowds, especially in summer. It has some 3750 permanent residents.
The history of the village goes back to the Neolithic times, but it seems that it flourished mostly during the Minoan times, when Mallia was one of the most important towns of Crete.
At a distance of 3 kilometres eastern to the village, there is the famous palace of Malia, equal in fame and archaeological importance to the palaces of Knossos and Faistos, which also flourished during the same period. Actually, most of the ruins preserved go back to the New Palace period (17th - 15th centuries b.C.). According to the myth, the area was dominated by Sarpedon, the brother of Minos.
Apart from the palace, a very important necropolis has been found near the coast, at the Northeast of the palace. The necropolis dates back to the Old Palace period and the most important part has been excavated at Chryssolakos, with a big funerary complex. It is at this place that has been found the famous necklass presenting two bees (a symbol of fertility), now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
Apart from the very important ruins of the Minoan period, it is also worth seeing the church of Panaghia Galatiani, with the wonderful wall painting.
A traditional feast with the revival of the old custom "Xynochondros and Mouzoudia" takes place in the town during the Carnical. As the climate is very mild and staying here very pleasant even in February, when the feast takes place, it is worth visiting the area in this period of time and enjoy it with the residents, in an atmosphere of fun and amusement.
Accommodation in Malia is plenty; many hotels of all categories, studios and rooms to let are available. Food and drink are offered in the taverns and restaurants of the town (there are several of them), as well as in the cafes. You will not miss night life and fun, as there are a lot of good haunts for young people, famous bars and clubs.
Swimming is possible at the sandy beach of the town, as well as at the nearby beaches of Stalida (3 kilometres far from Malia at the West) and Potamos, the eastern end of the long beach in front of Malia, much less crowded than the rest of the beach.
Access from Heraklion is very easy following the National road; public buses run frequently and you can always use a taxi and of course rented or private cars and motorbikes

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  • 24hr hot water in the apartments
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  • Easy access to beaches.
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