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Heraklio

The prefecture of Heraklio is the largest in area, has the greatest population and the highest per capita income of Crete. There are seven provinces (eparhies) in this prefecture: Malevizi, Temenos, and Pediada on the north coast and Pirgiotisa, Kainourio, Monofatsi, and Viannos in the centre and on the south coast. The main cities are Timbaki, Ano Viannos, Matala, and Mires. The northwestern area of the prefecture of Heraklio is comprised of the three provinces of Malevizi, Temenos, and Pediada. The main city is Iraklio.

This area is the largest of grape - producing areas of Crete and its main products are sultana raisins, Malevizi (Malmsey) wine, and table grapes (Rosaki). In these valleys Sir Arthur Evans, the British archaeologist, excavated the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the remains of a great civilization. A low mountain range rises in the middle of the prefecture and descends into the Mesara Plain. These fertile plains have been cultivated for thousands of years and have important Minoan, Greek, and Roman archaeological sites -- Festos, Agia Triada, and Gortyn are the major ones. The imposing peak of Psiloritis, 2,456 metres above sea level, is visible from almost all points of the prefecture of Heraklio. It is especially impressive during the winter months when it is snow-capped.

The prefecture of Heraklio has many cultural and historical features to offer the visitor. The finest collection of Minoan artefacts in the world and the sites of one of history's greatest civilizations may be of interest as well as the numerous Byzantine churches and Venetian castles and fountains. The historical aspects combine with the scenic landscapes of mountains, valleys, and sea to make this a beautiful and fascinating area. The beaches of Agia Pelagia and Hersonissos on the north coast and Matala and Kali Limenes on the south coast will attract the visitor with their warm, clear seas. There are many fine restaurants and tavernas offering Cretan specialities throughout the area

The eastern part of the Heraklio prefecture has some major resorts near the sea (Hersonissos), some major archaeological sites (Malia), and many important Byzantine churches. The southern area of the prefecture of Heraklio includes the four provinces of Pirgiotisa, Kainourio, Monofatsi, and Viannos. The most prominent physical feature here is the Pediada Mesaras. It stretches east from Timbaki to Ano Viannos. The plain is between the low mountain ranges of the south and north. The main products of Mesara are cereals, olives, and fruits. and cultivation goes on year-round, aided by the use of hothouses to increase productivity.


 

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 Villa Rodea
Featuring a garden, an outdoor pool and garden views, Villa Rodea is located in Rodia. more...
 Villa Artemis
Featuring a private swimming pool with a sun terrace, Villa Artemis is 1.2 mi from Episkopi Village. It enjoys Cretan Sea views from its balcony, while free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. more...
 Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare
Standing right on the shore of the Aegean Sea, Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare is an elegant and peaceful complex boasting a pool complex of 6 pools, a spa center and 3 restaurants. more...
 Anna Boutique Villas
Surrounded by lemon groves, the family-run Anna Boutique Villas features elegant, self-catering accommodations with a private pool and furnished sun terrace. more...
 Elychryson
Located a 3-minute walk from Limenas Hersonissou Beach, Elychryson provides accommodations with a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience. more...
 Atsipopoulo Villas
Featuring a private pool with sun terrace, the stone-built Atsipopoulo Villas is located in Atsipopoulo Village. more...
 Rithymna Mansion
Featuring a private pool and a furnished sun terrace, Rithymna Mansion is located in Prines Village of Rethymno. more...
 Villa Chris
Villa Chris is located in Atsipópoulon and offers a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. more...
 Gabriellas Garden
Located 1640 feet from Paleokastro Beach, Gabriellas Garden provides accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden and a shared kitchen for your convenience. more...
 Enagron Ecotourism Village
At the foothills of Mount Psiloritis in Axos, surrounded by beautiful olive groves and vineyards, these traditional houses provide an ideal retreat for environmentally friendly travelers. more...
 Bella Mare Luxury Apartments
Providing a terrace and free WiFi, Bella Mare Luxury Apartments provides accommodations conveniently located in Kalamaki, within a short distance of Kalamaki Beach, Kommos Beach and Afratia Beach. more...
 Archontissa House in the Old Town
Providing city views and free WiFi, Archontissa House in the Old Town provides accommodations conveniently set in the Old Town Rethymno of Rethymno, within a short distance of Rethymno Beach, Koumbes more...
 Sunrise Hotel & Apartments
Just 197 feet from Korakas Beach in Rethymnon, Sunrise Hotel & Apartments features a swimming pool with sun terrace and a bar-restaurant. more...
 Villa Kerasia
Villa Kerasia is set in an 1883 traditional house, lying at the southeast foot of Mount Psiloritis. more...
 Villa Stella Apartments
Offering an outdoor pool and views of the garden, Villa Stella Apartments is located in Stalida in the Crete Region. Agios Dimitrios Beach, which has received a blue flag, is just 262 feet away. . more...
 Villa Frati Gorge
Featuring a year-round outdoor pool and a fitness room, Villa Frati Gorge has accommodations located in Fratíon, 20 miles from Agia Galini. more...
 Thegaia Studios
Featuring free WiFi, Thegaia Studios offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Rimondi Fountain is 1.9 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a flat-screen TV. more...
 Kallithea Studios
Kallithea Studios located in Rethymno Town, 5-min walk from the Old Town. Rethymno beach is 328 feet from the property. more...
 Minimalistic Studio Apartments
Located 1.4 miles from The Minoan Palace of Knossos, Minimalistic Studio Apartments offers a garden, a terrace and accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Ariadni's Maisonette
Ariadni's Maisonette is located in Yiofirákia, 3.1 mi from Heraklio Town. Hersonissos is 17 mi from the property. more...
 lti AKS Minoa Palace - Adults Only
Right on its private area of Amnisos Beach with free sun loungers, Iti AKS Minoa Palace features an outdoor pool. Facilities include a fitness room with hammam. Free Wi-Fi is provided. more...
 Gal House
Offering barbecue facilities and garden view, Gal House is located in Bali, a 2-minute walk from Baboo Beach and 300 yards from Livadi Beach. more...
 Sunrise Residence
Located in Koxaré, Sunrise Residence provides accommodations with a private pool, a balcony and garden views. more...
 Villa Kapela
Located in Sívas, Villa Kapela provides air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace and free WiFi. more...
 Kalypso
Set 656 feet from the Libyan Sea, in Agia Galini village, Kalypso offers rooms and apartments with private balconies enjoying sea views. more...




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