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Custom of Klidonas

Custom of Klidonas

The custom of Klidonas is rooted from the ancient times and mentioned in various texts of the ancient historians. The word “Klidonas” came from the ancient word…

Crete Culture
Sfakia

Sfakia

The historical Chora Sfakion is in the southern coasts of Crete, 75 kilometers in the south-east of Chania. Sfakia has been always insubordinate and that was also…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
6. Agia Roumeli - Loutro

6. Agia Roumeli - Loutro

The sixth route of the E4 European long distance path is about 13 kilometers and lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes. The best time to take it is the whole year and, especially…

Chania E4
3. Elafonisi - Palaiochora

3. Elafonisi - Palaiochora

The third route of the E4 European long distance path is about 22 kilometers and lasts 5 hours. Its best visiting time of the year is spring, summer and autumn.…

Chania E4
Martha

Martha

Martha is 54 kilometers from Heraklion, on the foot of the south-western edge of the Koupa hill of the Dikti Mountain. The village falls under the Viannos municipality…

Chania Towns and villages
Argyroupoli

Argyroupoli

Argyroupoli is one of the most beautiful villages of the Rethimno prefecture, on the hill between the springs of the Petre and Mousela Rivers after which the names…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Mpali

Mpali

Mpali in the Rethimno prefecture is one of the most beautiful tourist places of the northern beaches of Crete. The coastal settlement is 32 kilometers from Rethimno…

Rethimno Beaches Towns and villages
Anogeia

Anogeia

Anogeia of Milopotamos is a mountain town with important history and three holocausts. Anogeia preserves the Cretan tradition in the modern Crete. Anogeia is the…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Sachtouria

Sachtouria

The picturesque settlement of the Agios Vasileios municipality in the Rethimno prefecture, Sachtouria, is in a very beautiful area, in the north-western side of…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Achlada

Achlada

Achlada is a village of the Malevizi municipality, 23 kilometers in the north-west of Heraclion. Administratively, the coastal settlements of Agia Pelagia, Ammoudi,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Chondros

Chondros

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),…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kato Simi

Kato Simi

One of the most beautiful villages of the Viannos municipality, built in a very green area, is the Kato Simi village. Simi has the largest forest in the Heraclion…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Pitsidia

Pitsidia

Pitsidia is a touristic village, about 65 kilometers from Heraclion and a few kilometers from the coastal settlements of Kommos and Matala. Pitsidia is built 80…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Choudetsi

Choudetsi

Choudetsi has been developed into a cultural center of Crete during the last years. The village is in the valley that the Lagnos, Korfi, Skala and Vigla Mountains…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Spiliotissa monastery

Spiliotissa monastery

The picturesque Panagia Spiliotissa monastery is between Agios Vasileios and Choudetsi and 22 kilometers from Heraclion. In order to reach the monastery, you have…

Heraklion Monasteries
Agioi Deka

Agioi Deka

Agioi Deka is one of the most important villages in Mesara archaeologically and the ruins of the ancient city of Gortyna are there. The settlement is built on the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Siva

Siva

Siva is a village of the Heraclion municipality, 280 meters above the sea level. 260 people live in the settlement and their main occupations are olive crop and…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Pirgou

Pirgou

The beautiful and traditional buildings and the two flour-mills in Kazola are worth visiting in Pirgou. Pirgou is 20 kilometers from Heraclion where, administratively,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ano Asites

Ano Asites

Ano Asites is a settlement of the former Malevizi district of the Heraclion municipality. It is a village of a high environmental, cultural and archaeological interest.…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Moni

Moni

The small, picturesque settlement of Moni is about 17 kilometers from Heraclion, on the 1st kilometer of the Tilisos-Anogeia road. Moni is a village of the Malevizi…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Sivas

Sivas

Sivas is one of the most beautiful villages in the Festos municipality, in the south-west side of Mesara plain. The settlement is built 110 meters above the sea…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kouses

Kouses

Kouses is a historical village of the former Kainourio district and of the Festos municipality. The village is on the northern foot of the Pirgos hummock of the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Sternes

Sternes

Sternes is a village of the Gortyna municipality, 55 kilometers from Heraclion. The settlement is built on the northern foot of the Asterousia Mountain, 310 meters…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Sokaras

Sokaras

The picturesque village of Sokaras is 50 kilometers from Heraclion between olive trees and fertile vineyards and garden produce of the plain of Mesara. Places of…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Panasos

Panasos

Panasos is a small, picturesque village of Gortyna municipality. It is 35 kilometers from Heraclion and 450 meters above the sea level. The beautiful settlement…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kapetaniana

Kapetaniana

“In Kapetaniana, whoever believes in God, he talks to Him”, Thanos Mikroutsikos. A heaven on Earth is in the holly hill of Kofina and stares the Libyan sea. Kapetaniana…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Monastery of Koudoumas

Monastery of Koudoumas

The monastery of Koudoumas is very well protected by the imposing Asterousia Mountains, in the south of the cape of Martelos, and by the Libyan sea in the south.…

Heraklion Monasteries
Gorge of Eligia

Gorge of Eligia

The entrance of the secured gorge of Eligia is in the dirt road that connects Kapetaniana with the coastal settlement of Agios Ioannis. A few meters before the…

Heraklion Canyons
Eligia

Eligia

Eligia is another magnificent and lonely beach of Kapetaniana. Eligia is in the east of Agios Ioannis, in the path that connects the settlement with Koudoumas monastery.…

Heraklion Beaches
Gergeri

Gergeri

Gergeri is a large village in the southern foot of Psiloreitis and is built between impressive and steep cliffs. The wonderful forest of Rouvas is above the village.…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Vasiliki

Vasiliki

The Vasiliki village is near the Asterousia Mountains, 260 meters above the sea level and 56 kilometers from Heraclion. The Vasiliki community includes Vasiliki…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agios Thomas

Agios Thomas

Agios Thomas is a place with an imposing landscape, dense vegetation and a magnificent view. The carved winepresses, the Roman tombs, the Melissa fortress, the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agia Varvara

Agia Varvara

Agia Varvara, of the Gortyna municipality, is the longest village in Crete. The village is built along the road of Heraclion to western Mesara. The distance between…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Tefeli

Tefeli

Tefeli is about 12 kilometers from Pirgos and, administratively, it comes under the Archanes- Asterousia municipality. Aposelemi and Pirathi fall under the local…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Mirtia

Mirtia

“ The family of my father comes from a village two hours from Megalo Kastro and is called Varvari “ Nikos Kazantzakis wrote in his book “Anafora ston Greko” and…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Mesochorio

Mesochorio

The large village of Mesochorio is in the foot of the Asphentilias hummock in the Asterousia mountains. The settlement is about 55 kilometers from Heraclion. The…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Achentrias

Achentrias

The picturesque mountainous village of Achentrias is 60 kilometers from Heraclion and 680 meters above the sea level. Administratively, it falls under the Archanes-Asterousia…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Astritsi

Astritsi

In  Kato Vrisi, in Astritsi, someone can find a forgotten part of the paradise. Administratively, Astritsi belongs to the Archanes- Asterousia Municipality,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

The Preveli Monastery is about 35 kilometers in the south of Rethimno and the famous and beautiful palm forest is next to it. The monastery is in the west of the…

Lasithi Monasteries
Toplou monastery

Toplou monastery

The Toplou Monastery, one of the largest and most important monasteries in Crete, is in the Kavo Sidero Cape, 10 kilometers in the east of Sitia and 6 kilometers…

Lasithi Monasteries
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