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Arkadi monastery

Arkadi monastery

The Monastery of Arkadi combines the natural beauty with its important history and legends. It is about 23 kilometers from Rethimno, in a very green plateau, in…

Rethimno Monasteries
Savathiana Monastery

Savathiana Monastery

A small paradise on earth with tranquility, peacefulness and devoutness for the visitor is in the Savathiana Monastery, in Rogdia. The monastery is 20 kilometers…

Heraklion Monasteries
Kaliviani monastery

Kaliviani monastery

The female monastery of Panagia Kaliviani is in the 60th kilometer of the road from Heraclion to Timpaki, turning right in a fork. It is built 80 meters above the…

Heraklion Monasteries
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
Paliani Monastery

Paliani Monastery

The Paliani Monastery is near and under Venerato of the Heraclion municipality and is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete. The female monastery is from the First…

Heraklion Monasteries
Monastery of Odigitria

Monastery of Odigitria

The beautiful male monastery of Odigitria is in the western end of the Asterousia Mountains, 250 meters above the sea level, near Agiofarago and Martsalo. The area…

Heraklion Monasteries
Monastery of Vrontisi

Monastery of Vrontisi

The male monastery of Vrontisi is in the southern foot of Psiloreitis, between the villages of Zaros and Vorizia, 550 meters above the sea level. Administratively…

Heraklion Monasteries
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
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
The great loves of island

The great loves of island

A despot in the people’s hearts… Yes, that is love! It tears your heart out and leads it to unknown and dark paths that any logical person would not dare to follow.…

Crete Magazine
Agiofarago climbing spot

Agiofarago climbing spot

The Agiofarago climbing spot is in the Agiofarago gorge, in the south of the Heraclion prefecture, of Festos municipality. It is the southernmost climbing place…

Crete Climbing
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

The blue-green sea water, the white and pink sand, the shells and the magical landscape are some of the features of the amazing and exotic Elafonisi of Chania that…

Chania Beaches
Vamos

Vamos

The semi-mountainous settlement of Vamos is in the former province of Apokoronas of the Chania prefecture and famous for maintaining its traditional features. The…

Chania Towns and villages
2. Sfinari - Elafonisi

2. Sfinari - Elafonisi

The second route of the E4 European long distance path of Crete is 32 kilometers and lasts about 8 hours. The ideal time to visit it is spring and autumn. There…

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
Garazo

Garazo

Opposite the Talay Mountains, where the mythical giant Talos was born and became the protector of the island of Crete, just 40km from the city of Rethymno, we meet…

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
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
Voni

Voni

Voni is famous for its religious tourism due to its female monastery in the village that is dedicated to Agia Marina. Administratively the village is under the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Ano Viannos

Ano Viannos

“Passers-by, when you go to Viannos, don’t walk on graves in order not to be burnt. Brothers were buried there that were fighting for freedom. They killed mothers,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Archanes

Archanes

“The other day, the three friends went a trip to a fine village known for its vineyards, about two hours from Kastro. It was on the foot of the Holly Mountain,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Vorizia

Vorizia

The village Vorizia ( Voriza, in the past) is in the southern foot of Psiloreitis, 53 kilometers from Heraclion. Administratively the village is under Zaros of…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Agiofarago

Agiofarago

Agiofarago is one of the most impressive beaches in the Heraclion prefecture due to its imposing rocks that surround it, the pebbly coast and its crystal, emerald…

Heraklion Beaches Canyons
Agarathos

Agarathos

The beautiful and historical Agarathos Monastery is 380 meters above the sea level, in the south-western side of the Soros Panteli hillock of the Pediada district.…

Heraklion Monasteries
Fodele

Fodele

The picturesque Fodele settlement is on the 25th kilometer of the Heraclion- Chania national road, built in a very colorful landscape. Large trees, flowers, the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Rogdia

Rogdia

Rodia or Rogdia is a picturesque settlement, built amphitheatrically on the sides of Marmarokefala, 300 meters above the sea level. Rodia with the panoramic view…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Pantanassa

Pantanassa

The Holly Monastery of Panagia Pantanassa is on the 14th kilometer of the Heraclion-Rethimno national road. The female monastery is dedicated to the Birth of Theotokos…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
Kastri

Kastri

Kastri, the coastal settlement of the Viannos municipality, is 70 kilometers in the south-east of Heraklion. Kastri has been connected with the Keratokampos settlement…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
Arvi

Arvi

Arvi is a coastal settlement of the Viannos municipality, 80 kilometers from Heraklion and 35 kilometers from Ierapetra. The settlement is in front of a valley…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
Heraklion

Heraklion

Every part of the capital of Crete, Heraclion, shows a different culture, every culture that flourished in there during the centuries. Every area travels you to…

Heraklion Towns and villages
E4 Asites - Profitis Ilias

E4 Asites - Profitis Ilias

The path in the Agios Charalampos gorge is a part of the E4 European long distance route. Following the route, you can go through the impressive Agios Antonios…

Heraklion E4
Gorge of Venerato

Gorge of Venerato

The gorge of Venerato is a very small gorge, 500 meters long and with a natural beauty. The gorge is between Venerato and the Paliani Monastery and 17 kilometers…

Heraklion Canyons
Venerato

Venerato

Venerato is a village of the Heraclion municipality, 20 kilometers from the Heraclion city. Administratively the district is consisted of Venerato, the Paliani…

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
Kato Asites

Kato Asites

Kato Asites is a beautiful, mountain village on the foot of the Psiloreitis Mountain, 450 meters above the sea level. The distance of the village to Heraclion is…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Marathos

Marathos

The mountainous Marathos village of the Malevizi municipality is about 20 kilometers from Heraclion and 300 meters above the sea level. The Marathianos River is…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Faneromeni

Faneromeni

Faneromeni is a village of the Festos municipality and 4 kilometers from Timpaki. The Faneromeni local community also includes Kalivia and the Kaliviani monastery.…

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
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
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
Voroi

Voroi

A very traditional and of high cultural importance village, Voroi, is 2-3 kilometers from Festos in the fertile plain of Mesara. Administratively Voroi falls under…

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Agies Paraskies

Agies Paraskies

Agies Paraskies is built on a 360-meter hummock with a magnificent view. It is 20 kilometers in the south east of Heraclion and, administratively belongs to the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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