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 Greek Islands - Crete
 

Greek Islands - Crete

 

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Crete is the biggest of all Greek islands. It is outstanding not only because of its geographical situation, but also because of its long history and exceptional cultural heritage. Crete is characterised by its diversity of landscape. The island is dominated by a major mountain range extending from west to east, with fertile valleys between the mountains. Heraklion (Iraklio) is the capital of Crete, other cities are Rethymnon and Chania.

Heraklion a busy town, a communications hub that receive and distribute most tourism traffic arriving on the island, but light industry and Agriculture in the periphery, also affect the life. Heraklion is located in the middle of the north beach, close to Knossos and has one of the most interesting archaeological museums of the world  The city of Heraklion still enjoys its reputation as one of the most attractive
Heraklion
Mediterranean capitals. It has enough to offer that the cultural tastes and shopping
needs of both the visitors and the residents are fully catered for. It is no accident that it
has always been the business and social centre of Crete throughout the ages and that status is maintained today. It plays host to many interests and activities as well as providing a very pleasant way of life

Hersonisos is located 26 km east of Heraklion on the road to Agios Nikolaos. Near Old Hersonissos there are two picturesque small villages, Piskopiano and Koutouloufari, overlooking the busy town of Limin Hersonissos. These villages, Old Hersonisos, Koutouloufari and Piscopiano, along with the communities of Anissaras, Potamies, Avdou, Gonies and Kera for the unified Hersonisos.  Hersonisos boasts a number of sandy beaches all along the coast, while a number of lovely small coves can be found both to the west at the area of Anissaras as well as to the east near
Stalis (Stali
Hersonissosda). There are several more smaller pebbly beaches past the Lychnostatis Museum, east of Hersonissos. People who like to rest and sunbathe on their holidays can have a good time here, for not only are there beautiful beaches for swimming and snorkeling but a range of watersports too.

There is a variety of modern hotels and apartments providing every comfort and suitability range to satisfy every taste. The harbor of Hersonissos is famous for its night life as there are many bars, restaurants and taverns next to the beach. At the neighboring villages a number of small hotels and apartments offer quiet and peaceful environment for family vacation.

The visitor to Hersonissos will find a large number of shops and many places to rent cars or bikes. Daily cruises are also organized to the neighboring island of Dia and many other small islets and beaches in the area but of course excursions to other places on the island can be made from here as well, as well as to other islands.

Amoudara is the longest beach of the Heraklion area and lies 6 km west of the city of Heraklion, There is a regular transportation service between Heraklion and Ammoudara. The area offers many hotels, apartments, taverns, restaurants, bars, car and bike rentals, sports facilities, shops, super-markets etc. Everything can be found along the long main street. Close to Ammoudara is the village of Gazi; the archaeological site of Tylissos; the village of Rogdia etc.

Optional Excursions:
The Palace of Knossos
Travel by motor coach from Heraklion to Knossos, once the capital of the prehistoric Minoan civilization, and thought to be the basis for the original mythological Minotaur's labyrinth. Visit the excavation of the palace of King Minos.

Arhanes
A beautiful little town in the Temenos prefecture, at an altitude of 380m and just 15 km from Heraklion -with a continuous habitation of 5.000 years- is one of the most important archaeological sites of Crete and has been characterised for its historical and traditional heritage.  The area boasts a particular natural environment (gorges, hills, mountains, cultivable plain expanses, rare flora and fauna, but the buildings also encapsulate the neo-classical tradition with Venetian architecture.