Archanon - Asterousion municipality

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Ampa Gorge

Ampa Gorge

The impressive Ampa gorge is near Pananimfoi, in the Arxanes-Asterousia Municipality. Ampas is known to the locals for its natural beauty that includes also the…

Heraklion Canyons
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
Charaki

Charaki

Charaki is about 35 kilometers from Heraclion and 350 meters above the sea level. Administratively, the village is under the Archanes-Asterousia municipality and…

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
Pretoria

Pretoria

Pretoria is a beautiful traditional village with paved alleys and yards full of many different flowers. The village is in the rich plain of Mesara between olive…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Peza

Peza

Peza of the Archanes- Asterousia municipality is famous for their agricultural tradition. Peza is built between many vineyards and olive trees, is 17 kilometers…

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
Metaxochori

Metaxochori

The picturesque village of Metaxochori is built in the foot of a hill, 420 meters above the sea and 34 metres from Heraclion. The village belongs to the Archanes-Asterousia…

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

The beautiful village of Melesses in the Archanes-Asterousia municipality gives a colorful touch from the mediaeval pattern. Nature has given the most beautiful…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Maridaki

Maridaki

The coastal settlement of Maridaki is about 65 kilometers from Heraclion, behind the Asterousia Mountains. The small village is built at the end of the imposing…

Heraklion Towns and villages Beaches
Ligortinos

Ligortinos

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…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kounavoi

Kounavoi

Kounavoi, the traditional village of Archanes-Asterousia Municipality, is where the Minoan city of Eltinia was. The settlement dominates in a small plain in the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kalivia

Kalivia

The picturesque village is on the top of a hillock next to the Anapodaris river and 240 meters above the sea level. Administratively it falls under the Archanes-…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Beach of Agios Nikitas

Beach of Agios Nikitas

The beautiful and lonely beach of Agios Nikitas is behind the Asterousia mountains in the bosom of the southern Cretan sea. In order to visit the beach, you should…

Heraklion Beaches
Ethia

Ethia

One of the most beautiful and traditional Cretan villages of Crete is Ethia in the Archanes-Asterousia Municipality. The village is about 55 kilometers from Heraclion,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Lake of Damania

Lake of Damania

The lake of Damania is near the Damania settlement, in Archanes-Asterousia municipality and the prefecture of Heraclion. The dam gives the landscape an extra touch…

Heraklion Lakes
Damania

Damania

The small settlement of Damania is about 35 kilometers from Heraclion, built in the Southeastern sides of Ofis hummock and 420 meters above the sea level in the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Gorge of Achentrias

Gorge of Achentrias

The beautiful gorge of Achentrias crosses the Asterousia mountains and reaches the Cretan sea. The Achentrias gorge starts from the settlement of Achentrias and…

Heraklion Canyons
Achentria's caves

Achentria's caves

In Achentrias the visitor can admire the many caverns of the Asterousia mountains. The most typical examples are the Archontospilios cave, in Agios Nikitas, and…

Heraklion Caves
Paths of Achentria

Paths of Achentria

In the Achentrias settlement, in the Archanes-Asterousia municipality of the prefecture of Heraclion, there are many hiking options. You can either wander in the…

Heraklion Hiking Trails
Lake of Turk

Lake of Turk

The lake of Tourkos (i.e. Turk) or Lakos or Kolimpas, a unique natural lake, is at the top of Asterousia mountains, near Achentrias. The lake has a lot of water…

Heraklion Lakes
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
Astraki

Astraki

Astraki is famous for its beautiful gorge that goes by the same name and it starts from there and also for the old Turkish quarter. The village is from the 12th…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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