Chondros is a village of the Viannos municipality and 64 kilometers from Heraclion. The long beaches are a feature of the district. Kastri (where the beach starts), Dermatas (where the beach ends and a small wetland of the Anapodaris River is), Perivola and Agios Ioannis are under the Chondros district.

The impressive and rough gorge of Portela is in the south of the settlement.

165 people live in Chondros and their main occupation is agriculture.


Graves from the First Minoan Years were found near the village and a house from the Post-Minoan Era in Ksinachlada. A small rural temple was found in Rouses and, possibly, a settlement also existed there. A rural mansion of 1600 B.C. was found in Kefali Lazana and a Minoan settlement in Tourkissa, in the south-west of Chondros.

Chondros is stated in the 1583 census of Kastrofilakas as “Condro” with 278 residents. During the Turkish Occupation, only Turks lived in the village. Many aghas lived in Chondros due to its fertile land.


The cathedral of Chondros is dedicated to Evagelismos of Theotokos and many picturesque churches as that of Agios Theodoros, Agios Fanourios, Agios Antonios, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Ioannis are also there.

The cathedral is Evagelismos of Theorokos. There is a primary school in Chondros.


The place name of the settlement comes probably from “ksinochondros” or “chondros” or “trachanas” (i.e. frumenty). It is grinded wheat that is used as in Cretan cooking or the cooking of other areas in Greece.