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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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 Forest Park Hotel
Located on the pine-covered hill, with a spectacular view of Rethymno, Forest Park Hotel Hotel offers a recreation area with board games, billiards and chess and free open-air parking. more...
 Carme Villas
Carme Villas are located close to the traditional and historic village Adele, only 5.6 mi east of Rethymnon, among the Cretan olive groves and fruit-bearing trees. The seafront is at 2625 feet. more...
 Corali Beach
Hotel Corali Beach is located only 131 feet from the sandy beach of Scaleta, 6.8 mi east of Rethymnon. It features a traditional tavern serving local delicacies by the seafront. more...
 Delina Mountain Resort
Set in an area of 28 acres, this resort combines the fine facilities of a luxurious hotel with the authenticity of Cretan tradition and the wild beauty of the island. more...
 Axos
This recently refurbished, 3-star hotel is conveniently located in Platanias, Crete΄s most well-known seaside village, 328 feet from a sandy beach and 3.1 mi from the historic city of Rethymno. 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...
 Hotel Gortyna
Just 328 feet from the sandy beach of Skaleta, Hotel Gortyna features a large swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery and a poolside bar. more...
 Loutra Resort
Providing direct access to mountains, countryside and sea, Loutra Resort offers sun terrace and outdoor pools for adults and children in Loutra, in Rethymno. more...
 Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel
The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel occupies a cluster of buildings on the mountains outside Heraklion. more...
 Ourania Apartments
Surrounded by a peaceful Mediterranean garden, this modern apartment-complex features a pool with furnished sun-bathing terrace and a snack bar with pool tables and satellite TV. more...
 Maritimo Beach Hotel
Consisting of 9 traditional buildings scattered in flower-filled gardens, this hotel perfectly combines the services of a 4-star establishment and a friendly atmosphere. more...
 Matthias Hotel Apartments
Featuring a pool and baby pool, Matthias Hotel Apartments is 3 miles east of Rethymnon, only 100 yards from the beach. Facilities include a bar and a breakfast room. more...
 Marin Dream Hotel
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...
 Alexander Hotel Gerakari
Alexander Hotel is located in Gerakari, 22 mi south of Rethymno. Set on the foot of Mount Kedros, it features an outdoor pool, tennis court and 50-person conference hall. Free bikes are provided. more...
 Gouves Bay Hotel
Gouves Bay Hotel features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Gouves. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a children's playground. more...
 Creta Star Hotel - Adults Only
The Creta Star Hotel - Adults Only is an all-inclusive hotel on the wonderful beach of Skaleta. more...
 Royal & Imperial Belvedere Hotels
Standing on a hill overlooking Hersonissos, Royal & Imperial Belvedere Hotels is set within a Cretan garden with lemon, olive and palm trees. It offers 7 swimming pools, and 3 tennis courts. more...
 Rethymno Village
The Rethymno Village is just 328 feet from the fine sand and blue sea of Platania’s beach. It offers a Greek restaurant and a fresh-water pool with pool-side snack bar. 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...
 Adele Beach Hotel
Located right on the beach of Adelianos Kampos, Adele Beach Hotel offers rooms with a private balcony or patio and includes a swimming pool with a poolside bar and restaurant. more...
 Adele Riva
Located in Adelianos Kampos, 984 feet from Platanes Beach, Adele Riva provides accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. more...
 Hotel Maria(Lassithi Crete)
Located in Agios Georgios, Hotel Maria(Lassithi Crete) has a garden, terrace and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. more...
 Anna Maria Village
Anna Maria Village are situated in Anissaras, 15 miles east from Heraklion, a mile west of Hersonissos and 330 yards from the beach. more...
 Olympia Hotel
The family-run Olympia offers rooms with a well-equipped kitchenette and free Wi-Fi access. It has a swimming pool, while the sandy beach of Rethymno is just 328 feet away. more...
 Ariadni Hotel
Situated right across the sea promenade and Arvi’s pebbly shallow-water beach, Ariadni Hotel "by Checkin" offers air conditioned rooms with balcony. The center of Arvi is just 165 ft away. more...




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