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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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Artemis Seafront Apartments, Petres
Just yard from the beach, Artemis Seafront Apartments is Petres Village offers self-catering units with Cretan Sea views. Rethymno Town is 6.2 mi away. more...
 Central Luxury Apartment
Central Luxury Apartment, Heraklio
Located in Heraklio, a 19-minute walk from Heraklion Archaeological Museum and 1.2 miles from Venetian Walls, Central Luxury Apartment offers free WiFi and air conditioning. more...
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Kanakis Apartments, Petres
Featuring a pool with a sun terrace overlooking the Cretan Sea, the sea-front Kanakis Apartments is located in Petres Village of Rethymno. more...
 Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences
Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences, Skalánion
Offering a garden, Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences offers accommodations in Skalánion. Heraklio Town is 5.6 mi from the property. The accommodations features a satellite flat-screen TV. more...
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lti AKS Minoa Palace - Adults Only, Karteros
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...
 Nautica Hotel Apartments
Nautica Hotel Apartments, Stavromenos
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...
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Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare, Panormos Rethymno
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...
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Vrachos Villas, Agia Paraskevi
The picturesque Vrachos Villas offer a peaceful location in the traditional village of Agia Paraskevi, municipality of Agiou Vasiliou. more...
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Villa Rodea, Rodia
Located in Rodia in the Crete region, Villa Rodea has a balcony and sea views. Featuring garden views, a garden and a private pool, this villa also includes free WiFi. more...
 Knossos Apartments
Knossos Apartments, Karteros
Just 656 feet from the beach, Knossos Apartments is located Karteros. It offers self-catering accommodations and free WiFi throughout. Heraklio Town is 3.7 mi away. more...
 Sunrise Residence
Sunrise Residence, Koxaré
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a shared lounge, Sunrise Residence provides accommodations in Koxaré with free WiFi and garden views. more...
 Marin Dream Hotel
Marin Dream Hotel, Heraklio
Just a stroll away from Heraklion port, Marin Dream Hotel offers a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the Venetian Fortress. Its rooms have a balcony, while free WiFi is available throughout. more...
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Atsipopoulo Villas, Atsipopoulo
Featuring a private pool with sun terrace, the stone-built Atsipopoulo Villas is located in Atsipopoulo Village. more...
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Villa Ypsilon, Karotí
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Myli Natural Paradise, Khromonastírion
Myli Natural Paradise is located in the ancient village of Mylon, just 3.1 mi from the lively Rethymnon. Free WiFi is available. more...




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