Ligortinos is a traditional village which is built 380 meters above the sea level.

The beautiful view with the tiled alleys and the magnificent monuments, like the old aqueduct, makes Ligortinos a beautiful destination for those who want to see the Cretan inland.

In the southern side of the settlement, ruins of the picturesque temple of Agia Triada from the Byzantine era are preserved.

Ligortinos is 40 kilometers from Heraclion, belongs to the Archanes-Aterousia Municipality and the local community includes the settlements of Kefalados and Plakiotissa.

Kefalados is south of Ligortinos on a hill and 310 meters above the sea level.

Plakiotissa is 3 kilometers north-east of Ligortinos. In the settlement a dam with the same name is built that supplies water to the area.

480 residents live in Ligortinos, 45 in Kefalado and 120 in Plakiotissa. The main occupation of them is agriculture. They come from Anogia of Milopotamos and Minor Asia.


The findings in Ligortinos show that there was life there during the post-Minoan era.These findings are in the Louvre Museum.

The name Legordine is mentioned in a contract in 1271, when along with Pirgos and Gipseas, they were fiefs of the Latin patriarchate of Konstantinople.

The settlement is also stated in the Venetian censuses and the Turkish ones as having mixed residents, i.e. Christians and Muslims.

In 1900, administratively, it belongs to the municipality of Charakas. The population of the village was raised a lot after the arrival of the refugees from Asia Minor.


The place name is pre-Hellenic.


The patron saint of Ligortinos is Agios Charalampos, while, as it is already mentioned, the ruins of the picturesque Byzantine temple of Agia Triada in the south side of the settlement are preserved.

The temples of Agios Georgios (St George) and Agia Anastasia are in Plakiotissa.