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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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 Luxury Suites in Stavromenos
Located in Stavroménos, 21 miles from Georgioupolis, Luxury Suites in Stavromenos has a garden and free WiFi. more...
 Nautica Hotel Apartments
Located on Stavromenos Beach, Nautica Hotel offers a swimming pool. The self-catered rooms have free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea. A homemade breakfast is served. more...
 Nostos Beach Boutique Hotel
The hotel Nostos Beach is located just steps from the beautiful Bali Beach. It offers a swimming pool with bar, and rooms with large balconies overlooking the sea. more...
 Vederi Estate
Quietly located amid an olive grove, Vederi Estate consists of 3 traditional villas each with a private pool. 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Atsipopoulo Villas
Featuring a private pool with sun terrace, the stone-built Atsipopoulo Villas is located in Atsipopoulo Village. more...
 Mardinik Hotel Apartments
Located 0.7 mi from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and a 14-minute walk from Venetian Harbor, MARDINIK HOTEL APARTMENTS features free WiFi and units fitted with a kitchen, balcony and seating area . 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...
 The Central Boutique Apartments
Located 1.2 miles from Amoudara Beach and a 13-minute walk from Heraklion Venetian Harbour, The Central Boutique Apartments in Heraklio provides air-conditioned accommodations with views of the city more...
 Andromache Villa
Located in Roumelí, a 20-minute walk from Panormos Beach and 1.7 miles from Koukistres Beach, Andromache Villa provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden and a terrace. 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 Rodea
Featuring a garden, an outdoor pool and garden views, Villa Rodea is located in Rodia. more...
 Meltemi Coast Suites
Meltemi Coast Suites offers accommodations in Réthymno Town. Historical and Folk Art Museum is 0.9 mi away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. more...
 Blue Dream Hotel
Located in Stavromenos, Blue Dream Hotel provides a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, garden and terrace. Featuring a bar, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. more...
 Troulis Apartments
The seafront Troulis Apartments is located in the coastal Amoudara Village, facing Agapi Beach. It features free sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach and free Wi-Fi access throughout. more...
 Evdokia Beach Resort
Boasting garden views, Evdokia Beach Resort features accommodations with a garden and a balcony, right on Amoudara Beach. more...
 Atali Grand Resort - All Inclusive
Located in Balíon, Atali Grand Resort - All Inclusive features 2 seasonal outdoor swimming pools. more...
 Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort
Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort is located in Gouves, only 984 feet from the sandy beach. It features 3 sweet-water pools, a multipurpose court, a beauty center and air-conditioned rooms with balcony . more...
 Villa Kerasia
Villa Kerasia is set in an 1883 traditional house, lying at the southeast foot of Mount Psiloritis. more...
 Fodele Beachfront Apts
Located 2 miles from El Greco Museum, Fodele Beachfront Apts offers barbecue facilities, a terrace and accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Villas Lefkothea
Lefkothea Villas are built among a private olive grove of 5 acres, in Adele Village. more...




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