Gortyna municipality

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Ano Moulia

Ano Moulia

Ano Moulia is a picturesque, mountain village, built amphitheatrically, with a panoramic view to the Mesara plain. The village of the Gortyna municipality is 35…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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
Alithini

Alithini

Alithini is a small village in the former district of Kainourgio, in the Gortyna municipality. The settlement is 150 meters above the sea level. 150 people live…

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
Agios Savvas

Agios Savvas

The Agios Savvas gorge is one of the most beautiful and imposing gorges of the Asterousia Mountains. Its length is 4 kilometers and, then, it is connected with…

Heraklion Canyons
Tripiti

Tripiti

The Tripiti beach is about 70 kilometers in the south of Heraclion. The area took its name from the Panagia Tripiti church that is built in a cave on the fountains…

Heraklion Beaches
Stavies

Stavies

Stavies, in the Gortyna municipality, is a settlement where many interesting cultural events are taken place in the summer. Stavies is 60 kilometers from Heraclion…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Faragiani kefala

Faragiani kefala

A small but very beautiful forest is on the hill called Faragiani Kefala, in the Faragiana village, very close to the Sokaras settlement of the municipality of…

Heraklion Forest
Vakiotes

Vakiotes

A rock appears between olive trees in the Sokara area and some wine presses and rooms are carved on it. They were used as safe-keeping places and this is the archaeological…

Heraklion Archaeological Areas
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
Rizinia

Rizinia

The ruins of the ancient city of Rizinia are on the Patella hill, 2 kilometers from Prinias. The city flourished as an independent community from the Sub-Minoan…

Heraklion Archaeological Areas
Platanos

Platanos

Platanos of the Kainourio district and the Gortyna municipality is 51 kilometers from Heraclion, 100 meters from Mesara plain. Two tombs have been excavated from…

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
Nivritos

Nivritos

“I don’t believe that there is any village like Nivritos in a place full of flowers and near mountains”. The picturesque village is on the foot of the Ampelakia…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Megali Vrisi

Megali Vrisi

Megali Vrisi is about 30 kilometers from Heraclion, in the north side of the basin of the Monafatsi district. The settlement is built amphitheatrically, 620 meters…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Loures

Loures

Loures, the village of the Gortyna municipality, is in the northern edge of the Mesara plain, 54 kilometers from Heraclion. Loures are 270 meters above the sea…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Lentas

Lentas

The coastal settlement of Lentas, of the Gortyna municipality, is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Levin ( «Λεβήν»). Lentas is in the southern sides of…

Heraklion Towns and villages Beaches
Korakies

Korakies

A Middle and Post Minoan settlement and a Protopalatial cemetery were found in Koumasa, the two-peaked hill of Korakies. There are four tombs (three vaults and…

Heraklion Archaeological Areas
Koumasa

Koumasa

The small settlement of Koumasa is famous for the imposing gorge of Agios Savvas that starts from the southern side of the village and it is 4 kilometers long.…

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
Beach of Koudouma

Beach of Koudouma

In front of the monastery of Koudoumas is a beautiful and very clean beach. You can enjoy swimming in the cool water of the sea as long as you respect the area…

Heraklion Beaches
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
Dionisi

Dionisi

Dionisi is a small, picturesque village of the Gortyna municipality and 57 kilometers from Heraclion. The settlement is built on the northern foot of Asterousia…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Museum of Elia

Museum of Elia

The Open Museum of Elia is in the yard of an old mill that is called “Mesakos”, in Gergeri. There are some reconstructed oil presses and presses from the Minoan…

Heraklion Historical Museums
Lakes of Gergeri

Lakes of Gergeri

The two lakes of the area are about 1 kilometer from Gergeri on a hill with a wonderful view. The one is a man-made water reservoir lake and the other a small,…

Heraklion Lakes
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
Vagionia

Vagionia

On the foot of the Asterousia mountains, from where the Xilvestra torrent of the Geropotamos  tributary is, the village of the Gortyna municipality, Vagionia…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Asimi

Asimi

Asimi is in the Gortyna municipality and a modern town that serves the commercial, banking and other needs of the residents of the area. It is on the watershed…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ano Akria

Ano Akria

Ano Akria is a village of the Gortyna municipality. The settlement is 40 kilometers from Heraclion and built on the semi- mountainous area of the hummock of the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Melissa fortress

Melissa fortress

The Melissa fortress in near the settlement of Agios Thomas, on the top of a hill with a magnificent view. It is one of the largest fortifications of the inland…

Heraklion Fortresses
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
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