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Heraklion Prefecture Map

Analipsi Village belongs to Heraklion Prefecture , here are some places that you may visit during your stay in Crete!

 

The beautiful and densely populated Prefecture of Heraklion lies in the centre of Crete, where the most important center of Minoan civilization was. Knossos, Phaistos, Gortyna and Malia are the most important attractions for hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, as well as from the rest of Greece. It is linked by ferryboat to Piraeus and Thessaloniki and by airplane to Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and many European cities and capitals.

Heraklion, capital city of the prefecture, is rich in monuments, most of which derive from the time of Venetian rule. These include the walls, the famous Koules fortress and the legendary Lions’ Fountain. Besides the monuments inside the city, which take at least three days to see in their entirety, visitors should also go to Knossos to get acquainted with the unique Minoan civilization.

 

 

They should also see Phaistos, Gortyna, Malia, drive through the lush green villages dotted throughout the prefecture, drink tsikoudia (Cretan grape spirit) and enjoy the endless Cretan hospitality.

Admire the beautiful shores on the north coast of the prefecture and the well-sheltered bays on the south. Walk around peaceful Tsoutsouras, but visit cosmopolitan Hersonissos as well.

 

Archaeological sites:

Knossos

 

Knossos

lies just 5 kilometers from Heraklion. Here was the grandest palace of Minoan Crete, which has retained its character unchanged to this day. The first palace was destroyed in 1700 B.C. and was rebuilt according to new architectural plans. According to mythology. Minos, son of Zeus and Europa, was the first king. By means of his fleet, Minos had subjugated Cycladae, Megara and Athens, while establishing trade relations with Egypt and the eastern harbors. Mythology further relates that Minos’ wife Pasiphae slept with a holy bull, thus giving birth to the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull. With the aid of Minos’ daughter Ariadne, Theseus, hero of Athens, managed to find his way to the monster, slay it and return, thus relieving his city of a blood toll of its young citizens imposed by Minos. With a population of 100.000, Knossos was the center of Minoan civilization. It was destroyed several times, but the final blow was dealt by the earthquake and volcanic eruption on Santorini in 1450 B.C. which brought Minoan civilization to an end. Nevertheless, Knossos remained a powerful city. Excavations were begun in 1878 by M. Kalokairinos and continued from 1900 on by the Englishman Arthur Evans, who revealed the main structure of the palace. The complex consists of multi-storey buildings with five floors on the east side and three on the west, with imposing facades, multi-colored decorations, frescoes and painted pillars. To the south lies the multi-storey complex of the royal rooms, connected via the great staircase. Going down the stairs, you will find yourself in the arms and double axes room.

 

 

Faistos

 

Faistos

60 kilometers SW of Heraklion lies the other important archaeological site of the area, Phaistos, built on a hill site measuring 8.400 square metres. Its palace, also dating to Minoan times, can be considered equal to that of Knossos, but is not as complicated. All around the palace lay the city of Phaistos, on a site commanding a magnificent view.

 

 

 

  

Agia Triada

Only 3 kilometers from Phaistos lie the ruins of the royal villa, which most probably was the summer palace for the royal family.

 

Gortyna

 

Gortyna

This ancient city grew a lot during Roman rule, when it was the capital of Crete and the Roman province of Cyrenea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malia

 

Malia

Archaeological excavations in the area, which began in 1922, revealed a Minoan palace similar to those of Knossos and Phaistos, which was spread over an area of 9.000 sq. metres and was inhabited by Minos’ brother, Sarpedon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Surrounding Area:

 

Aghia Pelagia (24 km)

 

Aghia Pelagia

Known for its sandy beaches and calm sea, it is one of the major tourist resorts in the prefecture. Popular resorts are also Lygaria and Mathe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fodele (29 km)


Lies in a green valley with plane trees and orange, lemon and mandarin trees. Dominicos Theotocopoulos (El Greco) is believed to have been born here in 1545. Taste the roast lamb or the yogurt with honey under the village’s plane trees.

 

Zaros (45 km)


One of the most beautiful provincial centres in the prefecture, dominating the eastern slope of Mount Ida, Psiloritis with its plentiful water and the Votomos and Mati springs. Visitors can sit at picturesque tavernas, where they can fish trout from tanks and enjoy them within a few minutes.

 

Lendas (74 km)

 

Lendas

Seaside resort village which draws hundreds of tourists in the summer. Nearby lie the ruins of the ancient city of Lebena, which was sacred and a place of worship for the god Asclepius and Hygeia Sotira.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaloi Limenes (Fair Havens) (82 km)


With its wide beach, Makria Ammos (Long Sand), it is so hospitable that swallows even spend the winter here.

Mires (52 km)


One of the most important trade and farming centres in the prefecture and capital of the Province of Kenourgio. If you find yourself there on a Saturday, you will have the chance to see their well-known bazaar.

 

Matala (66 km)


 

Matala

One of Crete’s most ancient cities, until the 1970’s this was a little-known fishing village. It then suddenly shot to fame on account of its large international hippy colony. The reputation gained in its heyday has taken years to live down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chani Kokkini (13 km)

 

Chani  Kokkini

A beautiful seaside settlement with many hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers. When on the beach, you can see the ruins of an ancient settlement in the sea, which is believed by archaeologists to be the place where ships were built during Minoan times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gouves (20 km)


A village cut in two, due to the road, to Upper and Lower Gouves. The Lower part is next to the sea with amazing beaches, a developed tourist center, whereas the Upper are inland, among olive trees and vineyards.

 

Hersonissos (27 km)

 

Hersonissos

The most modern and well-organized tourist area in the prefecture.

 

During the summer, its beautiful beaches are full of tourists and there is a thriving nightlife in the bars and hotels.
The independent city of Hersonissos once existed, harbor of the ancient city Lyttos.

You can also visit the built –up areas of Koutouloufari – Piskopiano – And Hersonissos which desist 1600 m. approximately from Hersonissos’ port, as well as the very interesting Lychnostatis Museum of Cretan

Hersonissos

Traditional Life and Folk Culture.

 

 

 

 

Stalida (33 km)

 

Stalida

Another luxuriantly green, densely populated tourist resort with beautiful beaches and many hotel complexes. Here you will find many taverns, bars and all sorts of entertainment. You may visit Mochos village with small traditional cafes. What is very popular in this area, is the fair, which takes place on the 15 of August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malia (36 km)

 

Malia

Seaside resort also highly developed as far as tourism is concerned. There is enough water to drive mills to this day. Visit the Minoan palace and the Minoan graveyard, the monastery of Panagia Palatiani with beautiful frescoes, as well as the scenic village of Krasi, which was a favorite summer retreat for the young Kazantzakis and his friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arhanes (16 km)


This beautiful market town has won an award for being one of the best-kept towns in the European Union. Several sites of archaeological interest lie in the area.

 

Arvi (87 km)

 

Tsoutsouras

Seaside village on the Libyan Sea, harbor of Viannos. In recent times, this was the first place on Crete where bananas were commercially cultivated; other agricultural produce is now also grown in the area.
7 km from Viannos is Keratokambos, a seaside settlement with clean beaches and scenic little taverns.
6 km further west is Tsoutsouras, another beautiful seaside settlement with picturesque bays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kastelli (36 km)


Capital of the fertile Pediados province, a busy trade and agricultural center in the region.

 

Source: Business Association of Rented Apts & Rooms of Heraklion Crete | http://www.enosifiloxenia.gr

 
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