Hersonissos is located 25 km from the city of Heraklion. It stretches from the north-central coast of Crete to the island's central mountain ridge, near the region of Lassithi. It is said that the island town of Hersonissos is one, but actually comprises several villages each with a distinct atmosphere. Today, Hersonissos is very well organized and is the most popular tourist destination in Crete. Provides a high quality comfort, facilities for conferences and places of rare natural beauty.
In the north of the island, especially the first line Hersonissou (Hersonissos port) and Analipsi, you will find a luxury tourist resort, offering you a wide variety of hotels and apartments for rent.
Chania Prefecture is on the west end of the island and most of its surface is covered White Mountains. This spectacular mountain range rises just a few kilometers from the northern coast, reach the maximum height of 2543 m and then descends to the arid and rocky slopes Libyan Sea. In the northeastern prefecture of Chania Souda Bay is the largest natural harbor in Greece, in the northern Gulf of Chania and Kissamos Bay to the east, the last two with wide sandy beaches.
It is located on the north coast of Crete at a distance of 80 km from Heraklion and 60 km from Chania, Rethymno is the capital and main port of the island.
It is a city that uniquely combines elements of a traditional, aristocratic and modern. Rethymno old town is very picturesque, with a beautiful Venetian port, castles and narrow streets paved with stones. The modern city of Rethymno offers many facilities. There are a lot of banks and public services, rooms for rent, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Nightlife is very active in Rethymno and the locals are very hospitable.
Gouves is an area in the sun-drenched Mediterranean resort, located on the north coast of Crete.
For those who love the sun and beach, and water sports enthusiasts, Gouves is the ideal place for an enjoyable holiday.
Goúves proper is often confused with its busy summer resort, Kátó Goúves. Besides this well developed tourist resort with long sandy beaches, the area has some traditional villages and interesting archeological sites and Eileithyia cave caves. West of Goúves are the tourist resorts of Kokkíni Háni and Amnísos, both with similar attractions, and, to the East, lies Crete's biggest resort, Hersonisos.
Anissaras is located 24 km east of Heraklion and 1 km west of Hersonissos. There is neither a village nor a town - a place, a suburban area located in Hersonissos. But the difference between the two is from heaven to earth. Anissaras is usually presented as a luxury location near Hersonissos.
It is a favorite resort for two types of tourists: those looking for luxury, or those who seek peace, but I want to be close to a lively place where you can have fun (Hersonissos). There are no bars or nightlife in Anissaras, except those provided by hotels.
Amoudara Crete is a popular resort, located 5 km from the capital city of Heraklion, on the north coast of the prefecture. In fact, it is situated on the quieter side of the tourist resort.
Amoudara Resort is built from scratch as a modern tourist center.
Local beaches are beautiful and accessible, is a popular tourist destination, which still retain the character of quiet resort. Many visitors choose this destination because it is a convenient location for exploring the sights of the capital of Crete, Heraklion.
Amoudara offers a nice long, wide, flat, sandy beach, which is usually not crowded during the summer.
Agios Nikolaos is a port city on the Greek island of Crete. It is situated in the eastern city of Heraklion and west of the town of Sitia, on the Mediterranean Sea. Agios Nikolaos is Saint Nicholas, patron of sailors.
Agios Nikolaos is accessible from the mainland and the whole of Europe via the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklio and many daily ferry services in Heraklion Port. Two ships directly connect Agios Nikolaos daily with the ports of Piraeus, Milos, Santorini, Siteia Karpathos, Kassos, Kos, and Rhodes.
Agios Nikolaos was one of the first towns in Crete and you can see the effects of tourism development, and the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos, which is built around downtown, continues to impress visitors.
Crete is situated in the eastern Mediterranean Sea between Europe, Asia and Africa. The climate is mild and is said to be one of the healthiest on glob.Este bordered by numerous bays and many islands bordering nelocuite.Plajele, washed by turquoise waters, fine sand, elongated different from the rest of Greece, long history, make this the most desirable island holiday destination.
Platanias beach lies about 4 km east of Rethymno Town. It is a beautiful sandy beach, open to the north. The beach is affected by summer winds, the so called meltemia. The beach is accessible by the local buses from Rethymno Town. Platanias beach is well organized and offers many accommodation options. The beach has several Greek taverns offering local food, drinks and the chance to enjoy yourself by the seaside.
Stalida is perfect for relaxed, lazy days on the beach with azure blue waters lapping against the beautiful stretch of golden sand dotted with sunbeds and umbrellas.
There are plenty of watersports on offer and away from the beach you will find sights such as the Palace of King Minos at Knossos and Heraklion, with its impressive Venetian architecture and imposing castle. In the evening you can choose to wine and dine in the resort's wide selection of tavernas and restaurants, before heading to one of its handful of discos. Or for a wider choice of venues, check out Malia or Hersonnissos.
Malia is situated on the North Coast of Crete, just 25 minutes from the airport in an area of great natural beauty; it is surrounded by olive groves and the slopes of Mt. Selena. Malia is best known for its lively atmosphere; however Malia is not only for young people, it has a lot to offer everyone. The beach is the one of the best in Crete, 3 miles of fine, golden sand, which gradually slopes into the warm, clear blue sea. Malia gives you the best of both worlds since it consists of two parts; the new town and the old town which are separated by the main road; in the new town there are lots of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit everyone's taste.
Agia Marina is 9 km away from Chania in the way to Castelli. It took its name from the church which is located on the small hill of the old village.The endless olive plantations, orangeries and all kindsof fruit-bearing trees with the limpid seashores make Agia Marina a modern touristic resort.
There is a beautiful 2.5 kilometer beach with all the standard facilities.The thin golden pink sand of this beach and the trees along the seafront create an exotic setting.
Very close to the beach, and only 500 meters away, is the traditional village of Pano Agia Marina(upper Agia Marina).
Agia Pelagia is a seaside fishing village built in the center of a picturesque bay amphitheater, is located 23 km north-west of Heraklion, Crete's capital, and distants 25 km from Heraklion airport and 23 from the ferry. Surrounded by mountains and hills of Agia Pelagia is located right in the middle of the island of Crete, with about 9 small sandy beaches ideal for those who prefer more privacy.
The town is situated on the north coast of the island, with 130 thousand inhabitants, is the capital but also the commercial, economic and cultural of the island. Today the city is waiting tourists with historical monuments, the ruins of Knossos and Archaeological Museum visit is required. It is recommended also for people wanting to rest and leisure lovers.
Georgioupolis is a popular vacation resort with a great long beach (it goes for several Km) and an idyllic harbour with little fishing boats at the north coast of the island, between the cities of Chania and Rethymnon (35 km from Chania, 25 km from Rethimnon).
A fishing village up to 1990 or so, it was discovered and has been transformed into a popular holiday destination over the past 15 years, without losing its original charm and tranquillity. Old eucalyptus trees and a small river that flows into the sea, create a distinctive and unique ambiance (it is a wildlife refuge).
The coastal settlement Kato Stalos abstains 8 km from Chania. It has been developed at length coastal street and the last years Kato Stalos has developed in a tourist resort area of the northern side of Chania. It is located afterwards of Galatas and it allocates a beautiful and a very clean beach, main characteristic of which is the extensive sandy beach. The beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag of European Union and is distinguished for her very good organisation. In the region function a lot of hotels, rented rooms and apartments, restaurants, beach bars and commercial shops all kinds. In distance of 1,5 kilometre and 150 metres taller, is built the settlement Pano Stalos. It's a small traditional village that combines the natural beauty with the graphic sight. The green hills and the traditional architecture of the houses compose the uniqueness of place. Around the village function hotels and restaurants in which you will taste the Cretan recipes.
Adelianos Kampos modern and colorful spreads showing the greatest tourist development in Rethymno. Apparently rapid growth in the last fifteen years due to its favorable location.
Kokkini Hani is located 14 km east of Heraklion. Heading east of Heraklion airport, on the old highway legacy (old road) hugs the coastline and offers spectacular views over the sea, and sometimes rugged coastline
Kokkini Hani area became known in the early 1900s when several buildings were constructed, including Hani, who was a kind of inn for people and animals. Farmers transporting their way to market Heraklion olives, raisins and other products, stopped to rest or spend the night together with their horses and donkeys.
At the end of the early '60s, when electricity and telephone services have reached this part of Crete, several hotels have been built, and Kokkini Hani began to attract visitors and has become a popular holiday resort
Kokkini Hani has developed rapidly in the first row of the restaurants and taverns because of its beautiful beach, with enough different menus to suit all tastes - including local cuisine, fresh seafood, menus in English, Italian, Italian specialties like pizza authentic.
The village of Fodele is located 28 km west of Iraklion at 60m a.s.l., and has 500 permanent residents.
The area of Fodele expands over approximately 24,000,000 sq.m, extending from the northern side of the mountain "Strouboulas" to the northern coast of Crete, at the bay of Fodele.
Most of its area is forest covered by bushes. Another 3,000,000 sq.m covers the famous Fodele orange grove. The river Pantomantris and its banks which form a perfect refuge for hundreds of flora and fauna species, cover another 600,000 sq.m.
The name "FODELE" probably comes from the name of one of its first settlers, since 1248 it is mentioned three times at the Kalergis- Venetians treaty.
Panormo is a small, romantic, picturesque, seafront village developed in a lovely small gulf 22 km east from Rethymnon. It still has the air of a fishing, quiet village with a few traditional tavernas and bars and a couple of good sandy beaches in the village.
Although it is located on the southeast coast of Crete, Ierapetra is the southernmost city in Europe. Pleasant sight, even called 'the crossroads of civilizations and aheana Minoan', today still has an air Ierapetra paraginit.La first glance do not you think that the city was once a thriving city, with villas, temples and amphitheatres. Moreover, Ierapetra is a very old town, inhabited since time preminoice which flourished precisely because of trade with North Africa and the Middle East.
Sissi is located 40 km from Iraklion and 25 km from Agios Nikolaos, near to all the places you should see but yet quiet and calm.
The landscape is well balanced between sea and mountains. The sea is warm and calm and there are small, clean and romantic beaches.
There are paths for people who love biking and for those who prefer walking there are the beautiful roads of the village and the wonderful lanscape around Sisi where they can enjoy the contact with nature. The visitor can enjoy the Cretan way of life, as Sisi is small, hospitable and quiet, but full of life.
Analipsis Hersonissou is a beautiful coastal village of 1000 permanent residents, loca 20 km from Heraklion city and only 5 minutes west of Hersonissos port.
In the past, during the period of Turkish Occupation, the region was named "Svourou Metohi" and it was the place of Turkish abode, of whose occupation was stock farming and agriculture. Later, in the "Metoxi", residents of Plateau Lasithimporarily lived which came to the region for agricultural or stock farming work. The name Analipsi was given in the village at 70's by the scenic church of Ascension of Jesus Christ which was completed in 1896.
Elounda is located 10km north of Agios Nikolaos, near the northwest side of the Bay of Mirabello. It is famous for its expensive and luxurious hotels that host celebrities from all over the world. Apart from its glamorous character, Elounda has to offer visitors some of the most beautiful landscapes in Crete. These landscapes are highly dominated by the majestic small beaches of Elounda.
The calm resort is situated 20 km est of Rethymno. The calm resort is situated 20 km est of Rethymno. Bali is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Crete. Bali has marvellous sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to offer. It also hosts many hotels and restaurants around its port, serving delicious fish and sea food and a beautiful view of the bay. The village also features clubs, cafes, supermarkets and souvenir shops, sailing, diving and water sports facilities.
Kissamos (Kastelli) is a modern seaside town, 36km east of Chania, with population of 5000 people, whose economy is based mainly on agriculture – with its renowned olive oil and wine- plus tourism, and is still developing.
Kolympari in Chania, is a small touristy resort of Western Crete and its located about 22 km from Chania town, 30 km from the airport and 26km from Souda port.
Kolympari village is located on the main coastal road.
Kolympari has few shopping stores, very good restaurants and tavernas, few cafes and all kind of accommodations from luxury quality hotels with excellent services, complexes to simple, family owned rooms for rent to simple rooms!
Kolympari does not have a busy nightlife but you can enjoy a peaceful village atmosphere! In KOLYMPARI village you can warm yourself with the Cretan sun and local hospitality.
Kalyves sometimes spelt as Kalives is one of the best beach resorts in Crete. It is a holiday destination overlooking Souda Bay on the Greek Island of Crete. It is found in the Apokoronos area of Crete which has stunning scenery and abundant flora and fauna.
Kalamaki is a small seaside village located 65km southwest of Heraklion, between Matala and Kokkinos Pirgos. The beach in front of the village is only a small part (2,5 km) of the vast seafront that stretches along the long Bay of Messara.
The beach has blond sand and the sea has a large smooth rock, quite slippery. Large waves that are usually lifted by the northwest winds, combined with the rocky bottom, make it difficult to access the beach. In front of the village, the beach is well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, taverns, rooms, lifeguard, playground, water sports, etc, but if you want to stay remote you could walk to the east, till Kommos beach, which is mainly preferred by nudists.
Golden Beach or Chrissi Akti (in Greek) is the easternmost of the four sandy beaches in Agii Apostoli, just west of the limits of the city of Chania, Crete.
The Golden Beach as well as the four beaches of Agii Apostoli, is popular with those who are on holidays and stay in Agii Apostoli area, and also to the residents of the city of Chania, because it is very close to Chania and at the same time because it is hardly affected by the northern winds of Crete, due to the peninsula protecting it to its north side.
Kato Daratso is just 4 miles from Chania town, the interesting capital town of the west of Crete, and 6Km from Chania airport. Daratso and its neighbour Galatas are small villages on the hillside above Kalamaki beach which have expanded down to the coast. Kato Daratso is the part of the village now bordering the sea.
The beach of Agioi Apostoloi is located 3 km west of Chania Town. It is popular among both locals and tourists. Although it tends to get crowded in high seasons, especially during weekends, it is still a bit quieter than other resorts in Chania. Agioi Apostoloi beach is totally sandy and it is not affected by the summer winds. In combination to this, its shallow waters make it advisable for children. There are many accommodation options near the beach. The beach is well-organized. There are sun beds and umbrellas as well as water sports availability. You will also find many taverns with traditional Cretan delicacies and some beach bars. The beach of Agioi Apostoloi can be reached by the regular bus service as well as by taxis and cars.
Plakias is located in southern Crete, about 30 minutes' drive or 35 km south of Rethymnon. The houses of Plakias hug a large crescent-shaped bay, with most buildings near the small harbour.
Plakias began to expand after 1970; before that, there were no more than 10 houses. Today there are many small hotels in Plakias, apartments and tavernas to meet the needs of the multitude of summer visitors.
Kalo Horio literally means "good village" and we'd have to agree with that! Kalo Horio also spelt as Kalo Chorio is a traditional Cretan village just above the area named Istro on the Gulf of Mirabello on the Greek Island of Crete.
Close to Agios Nikolaos in east Crete, Istron Kalo Horio is a very picturesque area. The area of Istro gets the most visitors rather than Kalo Horio itself. This is because Istro is on the coast and has far more holiday accommodation to offer visitors to this area.
Stalos is a coastal village at 8 km west of Chania, that lies along the "Old National Road" that runs between Chania and Kissamos. In this part of Crete there are long sandy beaches and so accommodations for tourists have been created here. The part of the village at the beach is called Kato (lower) Stalos and higher up - 1 kilometers away and 150 meters higher - you find the original Stalos, which is the older part of town. This is called Pano (higher) Stalos. In Stalos are many facilities such as supermarkets, tavernes, shops and there is some nightlife. On the beach of Stalos you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds. The beach is quite large so everybody should be able to find a place for himself. From Stalos there are regular bus connections to Chania town (every 15 minutes).
Almyrida is in the Apokoronas area, at the entrance to Souda Bay, about 2 km after Κalyves and 22 km from Chania.
Almyrida is a seaside resort extending about 2 kilometres along the coast. The resort itself is quite small and touristy, with many hotels and apartments for rent.
A quiet village in Akrotiri Peninsula
Stavros is located right on the tip of the peninsula of Akrotiri in a beautiful bay at a distance of 14 km from Chania. It came to light thanks to the famous scenes of the film "Zorbas the Greek"
Adele is a small traditional village just 8km east of the town of Rethymon. The area below the village of Adele is known as Adelianos Kampos which is the flatland area that lies between the sea and the village. Here where you'll find many luxury hotels that line the beach front.
Milatos lies a few kilometers east of Sissi and Malia, about 30 km west of Agios Nikolaos and 45 km east of Heraklion. Here were developed taverns fish dishes, a marina and a small beach. There are other beach areas, but gritty. In ancient times, Milatos (militia) was an important city with different settlements, and was one of the seven cities Cretan who sent troops to fight in Troy. Milatos Village, with its kafeneion-taverns, is a picturesque village, about a kilometer from the coast Milatos. Many Europeans have bought old houses here and they have renovated in the original style. Armed with a camera, a walk through the narrow streets of the village will provide many wonderful memories.
RethymnoOrașul se mândrește că este capitala intelectuală a Cretei; are un oraș vechi, cu un port venețian pitoresc. Marginea cheiului, înțesată de colorate restaurante cu pește ca meniu de bază, este păzită de un elegant far. Spre vest se află imensa, ruinata Fotetsa, un remarcabil castel venețian, cu priveliști minunate.
Sitia or Siteia is a small but charming market town in Lassithi Prefecture, Crete, laid out in a horseshoe shape on the side of a hill in the northeast of the island.
Sitia is the seat of Sitia Municipality and one of the most pleasant and attractive towns in Lassithi, retaining its peaceful atmosphere in spite of tourism and development.
This is aided by the wonderful landscape of Sitia, with its pretty bay, small harbour and mountain peaks on the horizon south of the town.
Paleochora is located 77 kilometres south of Chania in south-western Crete.
The town of Paleochora is built on a long, narrow peninsula that stretches into the Libyan Sea on the south side of Crete, and offers, among other things, a different beach on either side: sandy to the west. pebbly to the east.
Paleochora is a place of sparkling appeal with such an abundance of gifts that it’s called the Bride of the Libyan Sea.
A safe natural harbour on the Bay of Messara, blessed with a gently sweeping sand and pebble beach, the place in legend where Zeus swam ashore in the guise of a bull with Europa on his back. Many people make this village their base for Cretan holidays, as it is so central on the south coast, and away from the over-development of the north coast. The beach is 250m long and 45m wide.
Matala has something for everyone. Although it has become a popular tourist destination it still retains the charm and character of the quiet fishing village it started as at the beginning of the 20th-century, and the laid-back lifestyle of the hippies of the 60’s and 70's lives on. Half the beach is fringed by tamarisk trees, leading the eye on to impressive formations of sandstone rock cliffs with their famous caves sliding into the sea at an odd angle, creating one of the most unusual beachscapes on the island.
Located 16 kms west of the town of Chania in Crete, is this small village and this lovely, long beach with sand and pebbles. It is a quieter beach than many of the busy ones nearer to town. This is a continuation of the same long beach which runs from Chania to Kolymbari, a distance of 16 kms.
There are many frequent buses that come to this village and beach daily, located here are a few shops, bars and a disco in summer. Off the coast is Thedorou island, which is very close and can be seen in daily walks along the beach, also there are lovely views to the peninsula of Rodopou.
Built on the right bank of the river Galanos, the town of Gazi is just 6 km away from the city of Heraklion, close to the electricity central annex energy depot of the Cretan capital. It is the western suburb and shopping mal for the people of Heraklion. No interesting sights to my knowledge. There are a lot of newly build houses for sale in this area which is developping at high speed. Gazi is mostly modern with a wide variety for shops and supermarkets.
Koutouloufari with its narrow paved streets and old Cretan houses attracts those who want to spend their holidays in the busiest tourist area in Crete - which stretches from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, offering many beaches, attractions, sights and activities and is near archaeological sites such as Knossos and Malia - but who prefer to stay in a quiet environment with a traditional flavour and a lovely view of the Sea of Crete.
Agia Galini, holiday pearl on the South coast of Crete, is a friendly harbour village that can easily be reached by bus, taxi or (rented) car.
Approximately one and a half hour from Heraklion and Chania you can find the real Cretan culture, lifestyle and cosiness. Enjoy your stay in different types of accommodation and taste the great variety of taverns, restaurants and bars. Take beautiful walks in the hills or do a sporty bicycle trip and have a refreshing swim in the Azure blue Libyan sea.
Nea Kydonia is a former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece.
The seat of the municipality of Nea Kydonia was in the village of Daratsos. Galatas has a popular beach at Kalamaki and a port called Kato Galatas. Agia Marina, Stalos and Daratso are other principal settlements of the municipality, as well as the uninhabited island of Agii Theodori. It was part of the former province of Kydonia.
Kamilari is located in south Crete, very close to Tymbaki, Mires and the seaside villages of Kalamaki and Matala.
Kamilari is 4 km from the Phaistos archaeological site and is the ideal base from which to explore the lovely plain of Messara, with its traditional villages, rich history and, of course, its beautiful bay and beaches on the south coast of Crete.
Linoperamata (or Ellinoperamata) is a long sandy beach, that is located 8km west of Heraklion, west of Almiros river. This is actually the west part of the 7km long beach starting at Linoperamata and ending at Pancretan Stadium, 1km west of Heraklion.
Adelianos Kampos (or Kambos) is located 6km east of Rethymnon, near the village of Adele, on a flat plain. The name means “Plain of Adele”. It is actually a seaside suburb of Rethymnon, as the small village has grown so much in the last century, that it is now a part of the city.
Istro(n) is located 12km east of Agios Nikolaos and 22km north of Ierapetra, very close to Kalo Chorio. It is a quiet village, situated in a lush valley full with olive groves and springs, which has been developed during the last decades. However, the development was fortunately mild, mainly due to the regional building restrictions because of the archaeological discoveries. The main growth driver of Istron is undoubtedly the emerald beaches which are scattered in three adjacent bays.
Sfakaki is one of the lesser known villages along the bay Rethymnon on the Greek island Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. Actually, Sfakaki is not really a genuine village. There is admittedly a small church by the road to Pagalohori, but a real village square does not exist.
In the East there is a not too deep gorge with a creek inside which dries out during the summer: That is the border between Sfakaki and the much bigger neighbouring village Stavromenos.
The pretty mountain village of Zaros in Heraklion, Crete, famed for its spring water, derives its name from two ancient Greek words "Za" and "Rous" meaning "much water flow'. Zaros lies on the southern slopes of the Idi mountain range in central Crete with Mount Psiloritis as the highest mountain in Crete dominating the landscape.
Gournes is a tourist resort located 16km east of Heraklion, between Kokkini Hani and Gouves. The area of Gournes is located in a large fertile plain with many vegetable crops and olive groves. Gournes was in the past a separate village but the rapid development of the region has made it one part of the united beachfront, which now starts in Vathianos Kambos and ends after 23 kilometers, in Malia. Gournes are situated on the 3rd kilometer of this front.
Alikambos is found in the province of Apokoronas. Today the village belongs to the municipality of Kryonerida of the prefecture of Chania. The village Alikambos is located at the foot of the White Mountains, on the road leading to Sfakia on the south coast. It is 40 kilometers from Chania and 28 kilometers from the city of Rethymno.
Alikambos is a short drive from the golden sands of Giorgiopolis and within hiking distance of Lake Kournas. Alikambos has a quiet rural environment against the backdrop of the White Mountains. With its Byzantine church, two cafeneions and a mini-market, this traditional Cretan village close to Vrisses, with its good choice of tavernas, and shops, and Giorgiopolis make it a romantic choice for nature lovers and sun seekers alike.
Vamos village is in the center Apokoronas. It is a semi-mountainous village, in 200 meters altimeter above sea level, surrounded by cultivated and wild nature, with 800 inhabitants and very good customer services. There are super markets, bakery, grocery stores, a county court, post-office, bank, telephone company, police station, health centre and two petrol stations.
The architectural heritage is well-preserved and Vamos is one of the most attractive traditional destinations of the area.
The village of Sivas lies 62 km away from Iraklion , on the western slope of Asterousia Mountains at an altitude of 110 m.
Its 1000 years history comes to life for the visitor, who has the chance to admire its monuments, and old houses, perfectly preserved through the centuries.
That is the reason why Sivas has been characterized by the Ministry of Culture as a traditional and protected village.
Loutro is a seaside resort on the south coast of Chania Prefecture (south-western Crete, Sfakia area). It is only a few kilometres from Hora Sfakion, lying in the embrace of a cliff which towers 600 metres above the village.
Loutro is a unique spot in Crete for many reasons:
- its white buildings with blue windows are reminiscent of the Cyclades and are unique in Crete.
- there is no road to Loutro. You can only go there by scheduled boat service (20 minutes from Sfakia) or on foot.
- there is no road in Loutro itself, no cars and no motorbikes. Actually, there is one car, which is used to transfer supplies from the boat to a hotel.
- all the houses are just a few metres from the water’s edge.
- the sea is always calm and meltemia (northeasterlies) are unknown in Loutro
The Bay of Karteros is located at the exit of the homonym Gorge, 7km east of Heraklion and extends to the east for 3-4km. It is named after the Byzantine General, Krateros, who in 824 AC landed on the beach with his ships in order to liberate Crete from the Saracens, but was defeated. On the vast bay, there are two settlements, Karteros and Amnissos. The area has grown so much that the two villages are now united. The main reason for the rapid development of the area is the small distance from Heraklion and the vast beach with the fine golden sand.
Perama located about 25km east of Rethymno, with a population of around 1,650 people, Perama is one of the most important provincial centres of the prefecture. It is a significant commercial centre but, in recent years, has developed into a considerable tourist centre as well. Its port is the Port of Panormos.
Atsipopoulo is a nice suburb of Rethymnon Town, only 5 km from the centre. Located close to the borders of Rethymnon and Chania, the lovely village offers a unique old atmosphere from the Venetian times. Houses in Atsipopoulo were constructed in close distance so as to form a fortification wall. This way the inhabitants were protected by pirates and other enemies. This traditional architecture is preserved till today as most houses were renovated. Visitors are amazed by the many churches of Atsipopoulo, the picturesque arched paths and the stone houses. Some of these houses have been turned into villas and hotels. Atsipopoulo is not so developed but due to the close proximity to Rethymno Town, visitors will have access to many services and amenities as well as some nice beaches with crystalline waters. The closest beach to Atsipopoulo is at a distance of 4 km, while only 10 km away there is the large beach of Episkopi.
The village Amnatos has unique position on a hill with panoramic views of Rethymnon and a rich vegetation, fascinated people since ancient times. Undoubtedly maximum climaxed the village during the Venetian period, when he referred to as Amnato.
It is located on the northeastern edges of the Gargano mountain, 17 km southeast of Rethymno, on the way to Arkadi, at an altitude of 320 m. It has remarkable view of the North Sea and the Cretan mountain Psiloreitis.
Plaka is a village located in the Apokoronas region of the northwest coast of the island of Crete, Greece. It is located in Chania regional unit. Plaka is two kilometres from Almirida, a resort which it overlooks. Situated high up the hill there are wonderful views over the Mediterranean Sea.