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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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 Vederi Estate
Quietly located amid an olive grove, Vederi Estate consists of 3 traditional villas each with a private pool. more...
 Villa Myrsini
Located in Lístaros, Villa Myrsini offers a balcony with garden and sea views, as well as an year-round outdoor pool, fitness center and hot tub. more...
 Sunrise Residence
Located in Koxaré, Sunrise Residence provides accommodations with a private pool, a balcony and garden views. 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...
 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...
 Villa Elaia
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Villa Elaia is located in Lístaros. This self-catered villa has a private pool, a garden, grill facilities, free WiFi and free private parking . 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...
 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...
 Atsipopoulo Villas
Featuring a private pool with sun terrace, the stone-built Atsipopoulo Villas is located in Atsipopoulo Village. 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...
 Villas Roumeli
Located in Roumeli Village, Villas Roumeli offer fully equipped and tastefully decorated units, each with a private pool and a garden. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. more...
 Astra Village Apartments & Suites
Offering 2 outdoor swimming pools with sun-lounger terrace, and rooms with private balconies, the family-run Astra Village Apartments & Suites are centrally located in Koutouloufari. 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 Galanthus
Located in Lístaros, Villa Galanthus has air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has sea and city views. more...
 Villa Ianthos
Located just 1.5 miles from Koumbes Beach, Villa Ianthos has accommodations in Gállos with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, as well as a shared kitchen. more...
 Villa Chris
Villa Chris is located in Atsipópoulon and offers a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace. more...
 Fodele Beach Water Park Resort
Fodele Beach Water Park Resort is a luxury, all-inclusive resort with a seafront location on the sandy beach of Fodele, on Crete's northern coast. more...
 Traditional Studio Near Airport and Beach
Located in Karteros, a 20-minute walk from Karteros Beach and 1.2 miles from Amnissos Beach, Traditional Studio Near Airport and Beach provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a more...
 Evdokia Beach Resort
Boasting garden views, Evdokia Beach Resort features accommodations with a garden and a balcony, right on Amoudara Beach. more...
 Blue Bay Resort Hotel
Offering panoramic views of the Cretan Sea, Blue Bay Resort Hotel is located on a cliff in the area of Agia Pelagia. It has 7 swimming pools, 2 restaurants and 2 poolside bars. more...
 Luxury Suites in Stavromenos
Located in Stavroménos, 21 miles from Georgioupolis, Luxury Suites in Stavromenos has a garden and free WiFi. more...
 Vasia Resort & Spa
Boasting a 1500 m2 spa center, outdoor swimming pool and 6 bars, Sentido Vasia Resort & Spa is peacefully set in the picturesque fishing village of Sissi. more...
 Traditional House Star
Featuring a terrace, Traditional House Star has accommodations in Gerani with free WiFi and mountain views. The property is 9 miles from Georgioupolis and free private parking is available. more...
 Anemos Suites by Checkin
Anemos Suites offers accommodations in Karteros, within only 98 feet of the beach. Heraklio Town is 3.7 mi away and Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is 2.5 mi away. more...
 Imperial Belvedere Hotel
Standing on a hill overlooking Hersonissos, Imperial Belvedere Hotel is set within a Cretan garden with lemon, olive and palm trees. It offers 7 swimming pools, and 3 tennis courts. more...




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