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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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Plakias Resorts, Plakias
This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
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Wine Dark Sea Villa Artemis, Rodia
Featuring a private pool, Wine Dark Sea Villa Artemis is a detached villa located in Rodia. It provides free private parking. more...
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Macaris Suites & Spa, Rethymno Town
The Macaris Suites & Spa has sea-view suites which are just over 1 mile from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel includes free public Wi-Fi. more...
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Vilana Exclusive Villas, Skouloúfia
Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Vilana Exclusive Villas is located in Skouloúfia in the region of Crete, just 28 miles from Heraklio Town. The property features a hot tub. more...
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Luxury Holiday Villas Gouves, Gouves
Ioulia Villa Gouves is a villa with a seasonal outdoor pool, set in Gouves in the Crete Region. The property is 18 km from Heraklion and free private parking is available. more...
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Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno Town
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Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments, Malia
Within steps from a sandy Blue Flag beach, this seafront complex boasts an outdoor swimming pool and snack bar. The stylish accommodation provides a side or full sea view from their balcony. more...
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Ambelos, Agia Pelagia
Surrounded by vineyards and bougainvillea flowers, Ambelos is located in Agia Pelagia within a 3-minute drive from Monolaftis Beach. more...
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Family Homes Zaharias, Rethymno Town
Just 20 metres from Rethymno Beach, Family Homes Zaharias feature a garden and a sun terrace. They offer self-catered accommodation with flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
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Elytis Panoramic View, Rethymno Town
Located in Rethymno Town, 900 metres from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and a 10-minute walk from Municipal Garden, Elytis Panoramic View offers free WiFi. more...
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Sofia Luxury Villas, Panormos Rethymno
Built according to the principle of bioclimatic architecture, with environmentally friendly materials, Sofia Luxury Villas are set in Panormos, on Crete island. A blue flag beach is 300 metres away. more...
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El Greco Hotel, Heraklio Town
El Greco Hotel is situated in the very centre of Irakleion, offering easy access to all points of interest, as well as public transportation, banks and tourist shops. more...
 Anna Boutique Villas
Anna Boutique Villas, Mixórrouma
Surrounded by lemon groves, the family-run Anna Boutique Villas features elegant, self-catering accommodation with a private pool and furnished sun terrace. more...
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Sky Beach Hotel, Agia Galini
Family-run Sky Beach Hotel is only steps from the beach and a 3-minute walk from the center of the village in South Crete. It features a swimming pool and a snack bar. more...
 ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas
ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas, Achlades
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, ERONDAS Cretan Country Villas is located in Akhladhés, just 24 miles from Heraklio Town. The property is air-conditioned and is fitted with a spa bath. more...




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