The picturesque Fodele settlement is on the 25th kilometer of the Heraclion- Chania national road, built in a very colorful landscape. Large trees, flowers, the water from the Pantomantris River and the smells from the orange and lemon trees in the Fodele valley are only some of the pictures and the smells of Fodele.

Fodele is the birthplace of El Greco, the great painter, and the villagers are very proud of it. A museum for the great painter is also in the settlement.

Ruins of Mediaeval houses are in the north-east of the village and it is also worth walking along the Pantomantris River that passes through the settlement. Fodele is famous for the abundant water from the era of the Venetian Occupation.

The Plistario (the wash-house) in Kefalovrisa is also in Fodele that is a stone building in which there are many concrete basins.

It is also worth visiting the Fodele towers and, when you get tired in and perimetrically of the interesting settlement, you can go to the Fodele beach.

The Agios Panteleimon Monastery is very near Fodele.

550 people live in the area and their main occupations are the garden and citrus trees produce and the taverns in the settlement. There are also many rooms to let in Fodele.


If you look at the ridges, you can see the towers or castles of Fodele that is near the Fodele village. They are towers from the beginning of the era of the Turkish occupation and were parts of a defense plan for the repression of the revolution.

The towers are in Kefala, above the Fodele beach hotel, Koprokefala, the Kokkinos Pirgos hill and the Mpompias ridges.


Fodele is stated in a 1248 record as it is said that the imperial Sfaka monastery owns crop land in the area.

According to researchers, sources and random findings, Fodele is an area with an archaeological interest.

A Minoan settlement was found in Pera Galinon Ellines and the ancient Pantomantrion city, the port of Aksos is said to have been in the coastal Fodele valley.


The name of the village comes from the first inhabitants of the area that were called “Fodelle”.