Places of Interest

Preveli Lagoon

38km south of Rethymno, shortly before you arrive at the historic Monastery of Preveli, a track on the left hand side leads downhill to a parking place. After approximately 15-minutes downhill walk you arrive at the beautiful sandy beach with palm trees, where the River Kourtaliotis empties into the sea. Access by Boat: NO Access by Bus: NO Access by Car: NO Accessible for people with special needs: NO Access on Foot: YES Beach Type: THICK SAND Blue Flag: NO Near Restaurants: YES Lifeguard: NO…

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Kastro Koule Heraklion

The fortress was built by the Venetians in the early years of their rule in Candia, in order to better protect the city’s port, which had prominent strategic and commercial importance. The original low building, which had no escarpments, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1303 and later rebuilt. In the early 16th century, in the context of the overall redesign of the city’s fortifications, the old castle was demolished and the fortress that still survives today was built in its place during the period…

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Nestling in the surrounding mountains of the bay of Bali you will find the coastal village of the same name 34 km east of Rethymno. Visitors may choose from which of the small inlets to enjoy bathing at organised beaches. The area offers a large number of tavernas, hotels and rooms. Access by Boat: NO Access by Bus: YES Access by Car: YES Accessible for people with special needs: NO Access on Foot: YES Beach Type: SAND Blue Flag: YES Near Restaurants: YES Lifeguard: YES…

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Spinaloga

At the northern entrance of Elounda Bay, at a key-position for the control of the natural harbour, is located the islet of Spinalonga, with an area of 8,5 ha and an altitude of 53 m. The island was fortified in the antiquity, possibly in the Hellenistic period, with a large enclosure. On the ruins of the ancient castle the Venetians built a strong fortress, which was designed according to the bastion fortification system by Genese Bressani and Latino Orsini. The first construction stage of the fortress…

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Phaistos

Phaistos is built on a low hill (altitude of about 100m from sea level), in the south of river Geropotamos (ancient river Lithaios), and dominates the fertile valley of Kato Mesara, which is surrounded by imposing mountains (Psiloritis, Asterousia, Lasithi Mountains). The Libyan Sea extends in the south. Lithaios surrounds the hill of Phaistos in the east and the north and was a source of water supply for the city. The mild and warm climate of the area made the life of its residents comfortable…

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According to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos and the capital of his state. The palace of Knossos is associated with the exciting myths “the Labyrinth and the Minotaur” and “Daedalus and Icarus”. References to Knossos, its palace and Minos are made by Homer (the list of ships in Ilias mentions that Crete sent 80 ship under the command of the King of Knossos, Idomeneus, the Odyssey, T 178-9), Thucydides (reference to Minos), Isiodus and Herodotus, Bacchylides and Pindarus, Plutarchus and Diodorus the…

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe”s most important museums. The present building was constructed between 1933 and 1937 to plans by P. Karantinos, on the site of the imposing Venetian Franciscan friary destroyed by an earthquake in 1856. The museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island”s history. Pride of place is given to the treasures of Minoan civilisation, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. Justly regarded as the…

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Ματαλα

To the north of Vathy, we come across the world-wide famous beach of Matala. It is an arm of land made of porous stone, weathered by the fury of the waves, winds and saltiness. As a result, tenths of caves, caverns and hollows have been formed. The bay was chosen by the Minoans to become the harbour of Festos after the destruction of Kommos and the port of Gortys, during Roman times, when Gortys was chosen to be the capital of Crete by the Romans….

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ΑΜΜΟΛΟΦΟΙ, ΑΓΙΟΣ ΠΑΥΛΟΣ

Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) is one incredible beach at Opiso Egiali area, 3km east of Agia Roumeli and 6km west of Loutro, in the exit of the wild Eligia Gorge. The beach is totally secluded from civilization, since the only possible to come here is by boat or by long trekking. The closest harbors are Agia Roumeli and Loutro. Walking from Agia Roumeli takes 50′-60′, on an easy path that runs beside the sea. Access by Boat: YES Access by Bus: NO Access by Car:…

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Κουδουμάς

Here, the edge of the mountain rises abruptly, while its erosion by the winter seas is obvious due to the numerous rocks that are scattered along the coastline, shaping a landscape of incontestable natural beauty. Virtually following the coastline at this point, the visitor has the chance to enjoy one of the most pristine areas of the prefecture of Heraklion. A barren, untouched landscape of red-coloured rocks, sometimes immerging into the deep blue of the sea, sometimes fusing into the vast blue of the sky,…

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Αμμουδάρα

Live an unforgettable experience on Crete during your holiday. You simply choose the style you prefer and enjoy shopping. There are many alternatives for all tastes. You will be excited with the wide array of products provided for you.

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The monastery of ‘Toplou’ or of the Virgin Mary of the Cape ‘Panagia Akrotiriani’ constitutes the most important fortified monastic complex of northeastern Crete, with an imposing bell-tower decorated in renaissance style rising on its western side, above the main gate. This impressive monastic complex – which up to this day operates as a male monastery – was developed gradually from the 14th century onwards and, as confirmed by archival sources, gradually developed into a vibrant convent of great spiritual radiance from the 15th century…

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Μουσείο Ιεράς Μονής Πρέβελης

Preveli Monastery, located just 37 km from Rethymnon consists of two monasteries: The Lower Monastery (Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, or Saint John the Baptist), now abandoned, is a typical example of simple, everyday architecture. The Rear Monastery (Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos) is a large group of buildings with a wonderful view over the Libyan Sea and has numerous relics which are exhibited in the monastery’s ecclesiastical museum. Many of the rescued relics and images are displayed in the stylish museum inside the monastery….

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Μουσείο Κέρινων Ομοιωμάτων Ποταμιάνου

The museum “Potamianos” includes 87 wax figures that depict life-size scenes from the history of Crete. Scenes with Eleftherios Venizelos, Greco, Kazantzakis and other important personalities are displayed in specially arranged rooms. Accessible for people with special needs: YES Location: Zoniana, Rethymnon Telephone: +30 28340 61087 Fax: +30 28340 61827 Ticket Price (€): 3.5

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Φαράγγι Αγίου Νικολάου Ζαρού

This is the most impressive gorge in central Crete, as regards both vegetation and geomorphology. It cuts the imposing Psiloritis massif from north to south, linking the Forest of Rouvas to the valley of the River Koutsoulidis to the south, near Zaros, one of the loveliest large villages in Crete, known since antiquity for its springs. At the northern entrance to the gorge stands the chapel of Agios Ioannis (St John), where the Forestry Service has constructed a picnic area. The gorge is four kilometres in…

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ΦΑΡΑΓΓΙ ΑΓΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΥ

An area of outstanding natural beauty beginning at the village of Ano Asites. The E4 European Long Distance Path runs down the gorge, which contains rare plant and animal species protected under European law. Specifically, there are 80 species of plant (four of them protected), 24 species of animal (11 protected) and 16 species of bird, of which eight are protected. There is also a cave 100 metres deep, which is home to two species of bat protected by the same EEC directive. At the entrance…

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Peskesi

Το εστιατόριο Peskesi είναι μια προσπάθεια να ανακαλύψουμε τα μυστικά και να απολαύσουμε τα οφέλη της κρητικής διατροφής, να βασίσουμε την κουζίνα μας στα αγνά και φυσικά προϊόντα της κρητικής γης και να αναδείξουμε από το παρελθόν, αρώματα και γεύσεις που έχουν ξεχαστεί. Το εστιατόριο μας βρίσκεται στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης και σερβίρουμε αποκλειστικά Κρητική Αυθεντική Κουζίνα. Ο χώρος μας είναι καθημερινά ανοιχτός, από το πρωί έως το βράδυ και έχει σαν στόχο να προσφέρει μια ολοκληρωμένη εμπειρία, που βασίζεται στην ποιότητα, τη διαφορετικότητα και την αξία…

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Mare Cafe

Μοναδική θέα δίπλα στη θάλασσα για τον καφέ και το φαγητό σας από το πρωί ως αργά το βράδυ με ποικιλία σε μπύρες, κρασιά και κοκτέιλ που συνοδεύουν γεύσεις ελληνικής & μεσογειακής κουζίνας με κρέας και θαλασσινά. Μη χάσετε την καρδιά, σοκολάτας με παγωτό ή το cheese cake lemon αλλά και τα υπόλοιπα γλυκά που φτιάχνουμε καθημερινά. Κουζίνα: Μπαρ, Kαφέ, Μεσογειακή, Ευρωπαϊκή, Ελληνική, Παμπ. Γεύματα: Πρωινό, Μεσημεριανό, Δείπνο, Μπραντς, Αργά τη νύχτα. Χαρακτηριστικά εστιατορίου: Κρατήσεις, Υπαίθρια τραπέζια, Καθίσματα, Με προσωπικό σερβιρίσματος, Πρόσβαση σε αναπηρική καρέκλα,…

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Λιμνοθάλασσα Μπάλου

Access by Boat: YES Access by Bus: NO Access by Car: YES Accessible for people with special needs: NO Access on Foot: YES Beach Type: WHITE SAND Blue Flag: NO Near Restaurants: NO Lifeguard: NO Natural Shade: NO Near Accommodation: NO Nudist beach: YES Offroad: YES Sea Activities: NO Surfing: NO Umbrellas and Sunbeds: YES Depth: SHALLOW

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Μουσείο Φυσικής Ιστορίας Κρήτης – Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης

The Natural History Museum of Crete is housed in the renovated former premises of the Heraklion Public Power Corporation, on Dermatas’ Bay. With an area of 3,500 m2, it is the largest exhibition of its kind in the Mediterranean, showcasing the natural environment of Crete and the wider Mediterranean area in an innovative, original way. Visitors have the opportunity to explore Cretan ecosystems alongside their equivalents in mainland Greece and elsewhere in the Mediterranean via dioramas, i.e. full-scale models of natural landscapes. Other areas are…

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Ναός Ασκληπιού στο Λεβήνα

The temple of Asclepios is situated on the northwestern edge of the sanctuary. It has an eastern orientation and the walls of the cella are built with clay blocks and are coated with white marble. They are preserved to a height of 3,40m. With similar marble plates is decorated also the central part of the floor, while the rest of it is mosaic. Inside are preserved two of the column of the Temple (height: 4,70 m.) and bases of worship statues. The temple was built in…

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Ανεμόμυλοι Λασιθίου

The most remarkable set of windmills that survives in Crete today is located in Seli Ambelou in the Lassithi Plateau. It is situated at the northern entrance of the Plateau and it is the “trademark” of the area. Today there are 24 windmills left (originally they were 26). Seven of them are south of the street that enters the Plateau and the rest are on its northern side. All the mills are of the same type. These windmills were used by the people of Lasithi…

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Idaion Andron

The Ideon Andron is situated on the Nida plateau of Mount Psiloritis, 24 km from the village of Anoghia and 78 km from the town of Rethymno. Initially its extraordinary large entrance impresses visitors to the Ideon Andron, which is at a height of 1538 m. The cave itself is of particularly large dimensions, with a vast central hall and a gallery of 22 m in length. The cave, in which Zeus was raised according to mythology, represented an important place of worship in both…

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Tylisos

The houses of Tylisos were built in the Late Minoan I period (16th-15th century B.C.). Extensions were made to House A in the Late Minoan II period (15th-14th centuries B.C.) and to the House C during the Late Minoan III period (14th century B.C.). The site was destroyed by fire in the 14th century B.C. and reinhabited in the Historic times, as attested by ruins of later houses over the Minoan ones. Tylisos was excavated by Joseph Hatzidakis in 1902-1913. In 1954, during restorations, parts…

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Ιερά Πατριαρχική και Σταυροπηγιακή Μονή Αρκαδίου

According to the inscription, which has been preserved on the frontal support of the belfry, the church was built in 1587 that is during the period of the Venetian occupation on Crete. This explains the plethora of architectural elements of the Renaissance, which the visitor will notice at first sight. The impressing facade of the church is divided into two sections. The lower section reveals four pairs of columns of Gothic style with Roman elements. Above the Corinthian capitals of the columns a Corinthian entablature…

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elafonisi chania

Access by Boat: YES Access by Bus: YES Access by Car: YES Accessible for people with special needs: YES Access on Foot: YES Beach Type: WHITE SAND Blue Flag: YES Near Restaurants: YES Lifeguard: YES Natural Shade: NO Near Accommodation: YES Nudist beach: YES Offroad: YES Sea Activities: YES Surfing: YES Sea Activities: YES Depth: SHALLOW

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foinikodasos vai

A visit to Vai is a must if you visit Crete. The combination of a majestic beach and a rare palm forest creates an exotic flair . According to a legend, Arab pirates who arrived on the beach threw the cores of the dates they were eating and 5000 palm trees grew from them. Camping is not allowed in the night in the forest, which covers an area of 60 hectars and is protected by the Forest Authority. The beach is organized and has been…

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Samaria

The gorge of Samaria is the biggest, most imposing and beautiful gorge in Chania and in Europe, and that is why it is internationally renown and mostly visited, since more than 300000 people have the opportunity to cross it each year. It has a wonderful landscape with rare geo-morphological formations. It is a unique biotope with particular richness in fauna and flora. It has a rich mythology as well, that goes back to pre-historical years and a tumultuous history during the difficult years of Crete. It…

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The Museum “Lychnostatis” is an autonomous private foundation, operating since July 1992. In March 1994, the Association of Members of the Museum was established, to support the museum’s future initiatives and obtain sponsorships and grants. Two more bodies, a Scientific Committee and an Organising Committee, composed by academics, artists and businessmen, provide valuable advice in the museum’s development. The museum has its origins in a private collection formed over a period of thirty years by Giorgos Markakis, professor of ophthalmology, lecturer and writer. The vast…

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Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the most well known Modern Greek writer word wide, whose works have been translated in more than thirty languages, was born in Heraklion in 1883 and died in Fry berg in Germany in 1957.  A little further down from his tomb, on top of the Martinego Bastion, in the recently restored and renovated main Gate of Chandax, Jesus’ Gate of the same name Bastion, an exhibition area has been created, dedicated to our writer, an Odyssey – a Modern gateway/ gate,…

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Malevizi Archaelogical Collection

The Malevizi Archaeological collection consists of artefacts from all the periods of Cretan history which are exhibited in 40 display cases (in a large hall in the municipality building) The majority of the artefacts were donated from the private collection of entrepreneur Nikolaos Metaxas, assembled between the years of 1959 and 1997 from all over Crete. The museum collection was further enriched with 30 more finds from recent excavations in the region of Malevizi. The collection as a whole paints a clear picture of ancient…

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Royal villa agia triada

A very important archeological site of central Crete, near Phaistos, on the banks of river Geropotamos, with special natural beauty is Agia Triada. The royal villa or small Minoan palace of Agia Triada, as it was named by the Italian archeologists that brought it to light in the beginning of the previous century, was built in around 1600 B.C. on a hill and it is one of the most important monuments of Minoan architecture, rich in finds. It is located 64 km southwest of Heraklion, in…

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One of the largest and most modern aquariums in Europe, CretAquarium was founded and operates as part of the HCMR. It is geographically located on the north-western part of the former American Base of Gournes, where together with the premises of the research institutions of HCMR forms THALASSOKOSMOS – the largest centre for marine science and promotion of the Mediterranean sea world.

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The Historical Museum of Crete was founded by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies in 1953, following the issue of a Ministry of Culture permit to establish a museum collection. The Museum was initially housed in the Andreas and Maria Kalokerinos House (1903), a listed neoclassical building granted by the A. & M. Kalokerinos Foundation in accordance with the donor’s wishes. The Museum was founded and is run by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, with the aim of preserving and showcasing the cultural heritage…

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