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The healing herbs

The healing herbs

The flora of Crete is very important due to the mild and hot climate. There are 2000 different plant species and 160 of them are indigenous. The large number of…

Crete Cretography
Palaiochora

Palaiochora

Palaiochora is a small coastal town about 70 kilometers in the south-west of Chania, built on a peninsula and between two bays. The settlement is on the ruins of…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Sfakia Fortress

Sfakia Fortress

The ruins of the Sfakia fortress are in the northern side of the settlement, on the Kasteli hill, next to a pine forest. The fortress is the last built by the Venetians…

Chania Fortresses
10. Omalos - Agia Roumeli

10. Omalos - Agia Roumeli

The tenth route of the E4 European long distance Path is about 18 kilometers and lasts 6 hours and 30 minutes. The time it has to be followed is from May to October(due…

Chania E4
9. Sougia - Agia Eirini - Omalos

9. Sougia - Agia Eirini - Omalos

The ninth route of E4 European Long Distance Path is 13,5 kilometers and takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to follow it. The best season of the time to follow it is…

Chania E4
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
Kourtaliotis River

Kourtaliotis River

The Kourtaliotis River is the most famous in Crete as the Preveli palm forest is near the place where it discharges. Kourtaliotis is called “Megalos Potamos” (i.e.…

Rethimno Rivers
Nida plateau

Nida plateau

Nida is the highest plateau in Crete as it is about 1.450 meters above the sea level and surrounded by the imposing mountains of Psiloreitis. It is a very beautiful…

Rethimno Plateaus
Apostoloi

Apostoloi

The mountain and picturesque village of Apostoloi is about 30 kilometers from Rethimno. It falls under the Amari municipality of the Rethimno prefecture and the…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Preveli

Preveli

Preveli is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the southern Crete as it is very beautiful and exotic. Preveli is in the Rethimno prefecture, 40 kilometers…

Rethimno Beaches
Fourni

Fourni

A walk in the beautiful, man-made small wood next to one of the most important archaeological sites in Crete would be a very good idea. Fourni is on a hill full…

Heraklion Archaeological Areas Forest
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
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
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
Martsalo

Martsalo

The magnificent and lonely beach of Martsalo lies behind the western Asterousia Mountains, in the Lithino Cape. The bay is near the southern side of Mesara, 80…

Heraklion Canyons Beaches
Kamares cavern

Kamares cavern

The path from the Kamares settlement ends to the large and impressive Kamares cavern. The visitor walks between a dense forest of oaks. The total time to the end…

Heraklion Hiking Trails Caves
Gorge of Agios Nikolaos

Gorge of Agios Nikolaos

The path to the green gorge of Agios Nikolaos with the amazing waterfalls starts from the Zaros Lake and ends to one of the forest of Greece, the Rouvas forest.…

Heraklion E4 Canyons
Votomos

Votomos

The man- made lake, Zaros or Votomos, took its current shape in 1987, after the reformation of the area by the forest inspection. The lake is in the southern edge…

Heraklion Lakes
Zaros

Zaros

The beautiful and interesting town of Zaros is built 45 kilometers from Heraclion and is included in the Festos municipality. It is in the southern foot of the…

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vai

Vai

The exotic Vai, the biggest palm forest in Europe and one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, is 95 kilometers in the east of Agios NIkolaos and 25 kilometers…

Lasithi Beaches
Chrisi

Chrisi

The magnificent Chrisi or Gaidouronisi, with the wonderful beaches and the blue-green seawater, is a very popular destination for the locals and the tourists. The…

Lasithi Beaches
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