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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
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
Wedding's customs

Wedding's customs

The weddings in Crete are a very important event not only for the couple and their parents but also for the whole community. All the people take part in the joy…

Crete Culture
The dialect of Crete

The dialect of Crete

The Cretan dialect includes words that came from and were influenced by the various nations inhabited in Crete that were adapted and changed in order to have the…

Crete Culture
Aradena gorge

Aradena gorge

The Aradena gorge is one of the deepest and steepest gorges of Crete. Its height is 138 meters and the metal bridge built in order to connect the abandoned Aradena settlement…

Chania Canyons
Lake of Agia

Lake of Agia

In an area of 450 acres, very close to the town of Chania (about 9 km west), is the beautiful lake of Agia. The lake borrows its name from the neighbouring village.…

Chania Lakes
Seitan Limania

Seitan Limania

A unique beach, Seitan Limania, is in the north-eastern side of the Akrotiri peninsula, 20 kilometers from Chania. Lanes of steep rocks penetrate into the Cretan…

Chania Beaches
Theriso

Theriso

The picturesque Theriso settlement is on the foot of the Lefka Mountains, 16 kilometers from Chania, in a very green area. In order to visit it, you have to go…

Chania Towns and villages
Falasarna

Falasarna

Falasarna with its awarded beach is about 60 kilometers in the west of Chania, in the western part of the Gramvousa Cape. The area is under the protected Natura…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Sougia

Sougia

The small coastal settlement of Sougia is in the exit of the Agia Eirini gorge, 70 kilometers from Chania. The beautiful beach and the calm holidays could describe…

Chania Beaches
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
Kourna lake

Kourna lake

The Kourna Lake is the unique natural fresh-water lake of Crete, 4 kilometers in the south of the coastal Georgioupoli settlement and 2.5 kilometers from the Kournas…

Chania Lakes
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
12. Katsiveli - Askifou

12. Katsiveli - Askifou

The twelfth route of the E4 European Long DIstance Path in Crete is 20 kilometers long and lasts about 8 to 10 hours. You can follow it from May to September, it…

Chania E4
Loutro

Loutro

The picturesque, coastal Loutro village of the Sfakia province in the Chania prefecture is not related to the heavy tourism, the luxurious hotels and the endless…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

The coastal settlment of Agia Roumeli is 58 kilometers in the south of the Chania prefecture, close to Sfakia. Agia Roumeli is the natural end of the Samaria gorge.…

Chania Beaches Towns and villages
Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

The Samaria gorge is one of the largest canyons of Europe and 18 kilometres long. The gorge starts from the Omalos plateau, in Ksiloskalo, and ends to the beautiful…

Chania Canyons
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
8. Sougia - Koustogerako - Omalos

8. Sougia - Koustogerako - Omalos

The eighth route of the E4 European Long Distance Path is about 24,5 kilometers and lasts 8 hours. It is better to follow it in spring or autumn, it is not a difficult…

Chania E4
7. Loutro - Fragokastello

7. Loutro - Fragokastello

The seventh route of the E4 European Long Distance Path is 19,5 kilometers long and lasts 5 hours and 30 minutes, You can follow it during the whole year, it has…

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
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
1. Kasteli Kissamou - Sfinari

1. Kasteli Kissamou - Sfinari

The E4 European long distance path of Crete starts from Kasteli Kissamou of the Chania prefecture. The total length of the Kasteli Kissamou-Sfinari route is about…

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
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
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
Panormo

Panormo

Panormo is a traditional, coastal settlement of the Milopotamos municipality and the Rethimno prefecture. The picturesque village is about 22 kilometers from Rethimno…

Rethimno Beaches 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
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
Triopetra

Triopetra

The magical Triopetra beach is 25 kilometers in the south of Rethimno and 13 kilometers in the south-east of the Akoumia village. In order to visit it, you should…

Rethimno Beaches
Spili

Spili

Spili is a traditional, mountain settlement of the Agios Vasileios municipality in the Rethimno prefecture. The settlement is built amphitheatrically, on the western…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Sellia

Sellia

Sellia is a village of the Agios Vasileios municipality and the Rethimno prefecture. Its local community is consisted of the settlements of Souda and Plakias. According…

Rethimno Towns and villages
Rodakino

Rodakino

Rodakino is one of the largest villages of the southern Rethimno prefecture. The village is on the foot of the Krioneritis Mountain, above the Rodakino beaches.…

Rethimno Beaches Towns and villages
Kourtaliotiko gorge

Kourtaliotiko gorge

The imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge starts from the Koksare village of the Rethimno prefecture, about 22 kilometers from Rethimno and ends to the amazing beach of…

Rethimno Canyons
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
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
Thrapsano

Thrapsano

Thrapsano, the center of pottery in Crete, is about 30 kilometers in the south-east of Heraclion. The settlement is under the Minoa Pediados municipality and 340…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Tourloti

Tourloti

The picturesque and small settlement Tourloti is built on a Hill between the villages Kalivia and Tefeli. Tourloti is approximately 45 km from Heraklion city and…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Karavados

Karavados

The picturesque Karavados village is about 50 kilometers in the south-east of Heraclion and under the Minoa Pediados Municipality. 300 people live in the village…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Milliarades

Milliarades

Miliarades of the Viannos municipality is 53 kilometers from Heraklion, on the northern foot of the Koupa hill of the Dikti Mountain, 1188 meters above the sea…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Pefkos

Pefkos

The Pefkos village is on the southern foot of the Psari Madara hill of the Dikti Mountain, 2141 meters above the sea level and 10 kilometers from Ano Viannos. Pefkos…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Emparos

Emparos

The Emparos village is on the south-western foot of the Dikti Mountain, 430 meters above the sea level and the valley of the Mparitis River is around it. It is…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Avli

Avli

The picturesque Avli village of the Minoa Pediados is 35 kilometers from Heraclion. The Kassanoi settlement is under the Avli district. According to the 2011 census,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Amiras

Amiras

Amiras or Amira is in the Viannos municipality, on the southern edges of the Dikti Mountain, 680 meters above the sea level, in a place full of olive and fruit-bearing…

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
Kato Archanes

Kato Archanes

Kato Archanes is one of the most picturesque villages in the Heraklion prefecture with lots of alternative activities. Paths, small woods, archaeological sites…

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
Ligaria

Ligaria

The beatiful beach of Ligaria is 20 kilometers from Heraclion and 2 kilometers from Agia Pelagia. It is sandy and the sea water is blue and green. The beach is…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
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
Tower of Kallergides

Tower of Kallergides

The Venetian Mansion of Georgios and Fragiskos Modinos or the Tower of Kallergides is a preserved monument in Rodia of the Malevizi municipality. Georgios and Fragiskos…

Heraklion Fortresses
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
Kalesia

Kalesia

Kalesia are two settlements, Kato and Ano Kalesia and the distance between them is 300 meters. Ano Kalesia is built 170 meters above the sea level and 300 people…

Heraklion 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
Gorge of Portela

Gorge of Portela

The gorge of Portela is one of the roughest and most impressive gorges in Crete. Experienced canyoners love it. Portela starts from the Chondros village of the…

Heraklion Canyons
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
Tertsa

Tertsa

Tertsa is a small but picturesque coastal settlement, 90 kilometers in the south-east of Heraclion and 25 kilometers in the south of Ierapetra. The village is in…

Heraklion Beaches 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
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
Afrati

Afrati

Afrati is a small traditional settlement of the Viannos municipality, 45 kilometers in the south-east of Heraklion. 175 people live in the beautiful village with…

Heraklion 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
Voutes

Voutes

The Voutes settlement is on a hillock with an amazing view of Heraclion and 12 kilometers from it. The Voutes district is also consisted of the Giofirakia settlement.…

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
Panagia

Panagia

Panagia is a picturesque –almost desolated- village of the Festos municipality. Panagia is built 380 meters above the sea level and in the south of Zaros. There…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kalamaki

Kalamaki

The coastal Kalamaki settlement is 67 kilometers in the south of Heraclion, near Matala and ancient Festos. The longest beach of the south Crete is in Kalamaki…

Heraklion Beaches Towns and villages
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
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
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
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
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
Kerasia

Kerasia

The Kerasia settlement is built on the eastern sides of the Chalepa hill, 340 meters above the sea level, on the 20th kilometer of the national Heraclion-Mesara…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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
Avgeniki

Avgeniki

Avgeniki is a village of the Heraclion municipality, on the 20th kilometer of the Heraclion-Timpaki road. The entrance of the Venerato gorge is near the settlement…

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
Petrokefalo

Petrokefalo

“… on the lap of the mountain and hidden from the sun is the large village of Petrokefalo” wrote N. Kazantzakis, in his book, “Kapetan Michalis”. Petrokefalo is…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Pentamodi

Pentamodi

Pentamodi is a quiet and picturesque village in the valley of the Gazanos River, 17 kilometers from Heraclion. Administratively, the village is under the extended…

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
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
Agios Mironas

Agios Mironas

The Agios Mironas settlement is exquisite for its architecture and its cultural activities. Administratively, the village is under the former Malevizi district,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Tilisos

Tilisos

Tilisos is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Tilisos and is in the eastern foot of Psiloreitis. The name of the settlement has been used for over 3.400…

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
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
Damasta

Damasta

The mountain village of Damasta is about 27 kilometers from Heraclion and under the Malevizi municipality. Damasta is built on the northern sides of the Koiti hill,…

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
Skourvoula

Skourvoula

Skourvoula of the Festos municipality is built on the southern foot of Sanidas Mountain, 350 meters above the sea level, with a panoramic view of the fertile Mesara…

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
Pompia

Pompia

Pompia is one of the most beautiful and important villages in the Festos municipality. It is in an area full of olive groves and vineyards, next to the imposing…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Petrokefali

Petrokefali

Petrokefali of the Festos municipality is a beautiful village with recently renovated rock houses and 59 kilometers from Heraclion. There are many coffee houses…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Moires

Moires

Moires is the seat of the Festos municipality. It is a large town of the former Kainourio district, 53 kilometers from Heraklion and built in the Mesara plain,…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Matala

Matala

The village of hippies, Matala, is approximately 70 kilometers in the south of Heraclion and is one of the most famous coastal settlements of the southern Crete.…

Heraklion Towns and villages Beaches
Magarikari

Magarikari

The small village of Magarikari is on the western foot of Psiloreitis. Magarikari is built 450 meters above the sea level and, from there, you can admire the Kato…

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
Kastelli

Kastelli

Kastelli, in the former district of Kainourrgio, in the Festos municipality, is in the southern foot of Psiloreitis, very close to the fortress of Castel Nuovo.…

Heraklion Towns and villages
Kamares

Kamares

Kamares of the former Pirgiotissa district and of the Festos municipality is in the southern foot of Psiloreitis. 437 people live in the village according to the…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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
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
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
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
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
Prinias

Prinias

Prinias is a village of a high archaeological importance in Crete and one of the most beautiful settlements of the prefecture of Heraclion. It is 25 kilometers…

Heraklion Towns and villages
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alagni

Alagni

Alagni is a village in the Archanes- Asterousia Municipality and is closely connected to mythology, history and tradition. Alagni is 25 kilometers from Heraclion,…

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
Houmeriako

Houmeriako

Buildings that make you feel like you live in other times, fountains that were a source of dew for the residents and 19 churches reminiscent of the old prestige…

Lasithi Towns and villages
Kastelli Fournis

Kastelli Fournis

Architectural diamonds, verdant colorful courtyards, and scenic alleys are some of the features of Kastelli in the municipality of Agios Nikolaos that will be of…

Lasithi Towns and villages
Richtis gorge

Richtis gorge

If you want good reasons to visit Sitia, the Richtis gorge will probably be the main reason to organise this trip. It is a small canyon whose beauty has no jealousy…

Lasithi Canyons
Gra Lygia

Gra Lygia

About 5 km west of Ierapetra and 39 km south of Agios Nikolaos, we find the seaside village of Gra Lygia, famous for the fertile valley in which locals grow in…

Lasithi Beaches Towns and villages
Plateau of Lasithi

Plateau of Lasithi

The picturesque Oropedio (i.e. plateau, in Greek) of Lasithi is the largest and the most fertile plateau of Crete and one of the most important places of Crete…

Lasithi Plateaus
Kserokampos

Kserokampos

Kserokampos is one of the most beautiful beaches of the eastern Crete. Kserokampos is a settlement about 48 kilometers from Siteia and 28 kilometers from Palaikastro.…

Lasithi Beaches Towns and villages
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is one of the most picturesque villages of Crete that combines the natural beauty with the alternative activities and the important archaeological sites.…

Lasithi Towns and villages
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
Cha gorge

Cha gorge

One of the most imposing gorges of Crete and the 10 most beautiful gorges of Europe is the Cha gorge. It begins near the Kato Chorio settlement and ends to the…

Lasithi Canyons
Mirtos

Mirtos

Mirtos is a picturesque and tourist coastal settlement of the Lasithi prefecture. It is built near the banks of the Krios River, close to the exit of the imposing…

Lasithi Beaches Towns and villages
Kritsa gorge

Kritsa gorge

The Kritsa gorge is in a very beautiful area. It starts from the north-east side of the Kritsa settlement and ends after about 12 kilometers, to the Tapes village.…

Lasithi Canyons
Kritsa

Kritsa

The picturesque and beautiful Kritsa village with important archaeological findings is in the Agios Nikolaos municipality of the Lasithi prefecture. The village…

Lasithi Towns and villages
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