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Achlada Community

Tel: +30 2810 811255
  The Municipal District of Ahlada is 23 km away from Heraklion. It is a mountainous area at an average altitude of 189m. The settlement of Ahlada which is situated on top of the hill that dominates Agia Pelagia, is a model of a farming settlement. In spite of an interesting old part and the astonishing view, a shift of the productive activity of the inhabitants towards the coastline of the Municipal District has been noted.
  Τhe entire area is characterized by smooth hills where olive groves are dominant while at the bays of Agia Pelagia and Lygaria there are sandy beaches for swimming and tourism activities are dominant. The sea and the morphology of the ground on the hills are deemed to be the most significant factors of the district, which has resulted in the upgrading of the tourist product provided. Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, Palaiokastro are deemed to be amongst the most beautiful tourist areas of our Municipality which attracts thousands of tourists, Greeks and foreigners every summer and they have been developed into resort centers.

Achladia Community

Tel: +30 28430 71580

Adele Community

Tel: +30 28313 41011, 41030, 41023
Fax: +30 28313 72125

The entire area is characterized by smooth hills where olive groves are dominant while at the bays of Agia Pelagia and Lygaria there are sandy beaches for swimming and tourism activities are dominant. The sea and the morphology of the ground on the hills are deemed to be the most significant factors of the district, which has resulted in the upgrading of the tourist product provided. Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, Palaiokastro are deemed to be amongst the most beautiful tourist areas of our Municipality which attracts thousands of tourists, Greeks and foreigners every summer and they have been developed into resort centers.

This extract is cited Oct 2002 from the Municipality of Gazi URL below, which contains images.

Agia Triada Community

Tel: +30 28430 91498

Agios Georgios Community

Tel: +30 28430 26044

Agios Ioannis Community

Tel: +30 28420 61607

Pressos Community

Tel: +30 28430 26910


In Ammoudara you will see one of the most organized beaches of the County of Heraklion. A 5km sandy beach granted with a European blue flag distinction, is suitable for sports. In the summertime, it is most vibrant since it embraces thousands of tourists. You will find fabulous taverns with traditional dishes, coffee shops, bars and clubs for superb nightlife until the early hours.

  It’s an old settlement that has fast rate of tourist growth the last years. The settlement is built near to the deep blue sea with beautiful beaches, which many of them have been rewarded.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Chersonissos tourist pamphlet.

Anatoli Community

Tel: +30 28420 41111

Anogia Community

  The historic Anogia region lies in the north slopes of Psiloritis Mountain, between two hills, at a height of 740 metres. As mythology has it, it was here that Zeus was brought up. At the foot of the high peak, the cave of Idaeon Antron was used as a worship site from Minoan through to Hellenistic and Roman eras.
  The hospitable highlanders who live in Anogia gave preserved their manners and customs through the ages. The spoken variation of modern Greek still includes a considerable number of words from the ancient Greek language, while Anogia residents have made a name for themselves for their cheerfulness, dancing and music, as well as for their folk Cretan couplets.
  The wider region of Anogia is ideal for mountaineering, push-biking, walking tours, naturalist tourism and skiing at the snow-ski centre. The area is also rich in sights and visitors will have a highly interesting time not only in admiring the flora and fauna, the many caves and precipices, but also in visiting the Nidas plateau, the Vroulidia forest, Kampoi and the springs of Zomithos, Trigiodiou, Varsamou etc. Other interesting sights one must visit in the area are the Byzantine church of St. John, the Gryllios Woodcarving Museum, the Old Anogian Domicile, the textile workshop, the Minoan settlement in Zomithos and many more.
  In this unique area of exceptional natural beauty, visitors will become acquainted with the authentic, genuine Cretan lifestyle on one of Greece’s most scenic mountains.
  The area is equipped with many tourist farm lodgings, while the numerous tavernas, restaurants and endless good mood of the locals provide for a matchless good time.
  Anogia is only 35 km away from Heraclion and 54 km from Rethymno.
This text is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Anogia tourist pamphlet.

Apidia Community

Tel: +30 28430 51683

Armeni Community

Tel: +30 28430 31305

Chamezi Community

Tel: +30 28430 71264

Chandras Community

Tel: +30 28430 31490

CHANIA (Prefecture) CRETE
  The county of Chania, the most western part of Crete, is characterized by its unique beauty. With its endless sandy beaches, gorges, caves, endemic plants and animals, vast olive and orange groves and a combination of wild landscapes and sea, it excites even the most hard-to-please visitors.
  In the mountainous inner parts, it hosts villages that have been forgotten by time, scattered churches and monasteries, towers and castles.
  The whole area is a particularly interesting archaeological site and simultaneously a paradise for wandering, mountain climbing and sports. The excavations, both in the town of Hania and in the country, have proven the existence of residences from prehistoric times to today.
  The mild Mediterranean climate with temperatures in winter around 12°C and in summer around 30°C, the special Cretan diet, the acquaintance with customs that elsewhere tend to become forgotten and the whole-hearted hospitality of the islanders, win over the visitor to this blessed place.
(Text: Dr. Anastasia Kalpaki-Georgoulaki)
This text is cited December 2003 from the Chania Prefecture Tourism Committee tourist pamphlet (2002).

Demati Community

Tel: +30 28910 71071

Douliana is a small community in this district, situated on a hill with beautiful natural surroundings and interesting architecture. This traditionally preserved community has maintained its character more than any other community in the area. Many foreigners live permanently in the village. The locals take a great interest in issues regarding the preservation of the community.

This text is cited September 2004 from the Interkriti URL below, which contains images.

Exo Lakonia Community

Tel: +30 28410 25180

Exo Potami Community

Tel: +30 28440 22554

Messa Lakonia Community

Tel: +30 28410 25140

Fodele Community

Tel: +30 2810 521233
Going to Fodele
  At the 25th km of Heraklion - Rethymno highway we meet the junction for Fodele, having on our left, two of the three beaches of the area that are separated by the mouth of Pandomandri's river. The river flows by the road and after a 3 km drive through orange trees it reaches the village. Fodele is a mountainous area at an altitude of 60m above sea level. Both the old core of the settlement at the western slope of the small valley and the newer at the banks of the small river compose a very interesting structured environment, which in combination with the rich vegetation and the orange groves create a unique landscape for central Crete.
Fodele Village
  The village comprises an oasis of freshness, especially for the hot days of summer. The village's square offers itself for relaxation and gives the chance to visitors to enjoy their coffee or lunch next to the river underneath the perennial plane trees. A bit further down the square, at Archontico settlement there is Dominico Theotocopoulos Museum of Replicas, which is housed at the alleged birth-place of the great painter. At the same settlement there is the small Byzantine church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) (The presentation of the Virgin Mary), which is said to be the motive of Greco to get involved with hagiography. This church is built on the ruins of an older three-sectioned Byzantine church with wonderful frescos and sculptures.
  Except for the developed tourist beach and the huge hotel complex, in Fodele settlement there have also developed remarkable activities in handicraft sector and pop art trade together with the rendering of services of taverns and restaurants. Significant is also the trade of local products, mainly oranges.
  An area of outstanding natural beauty is the surroundings of Dominico Theotocopoulos' house and the Byzantine church in Loumbinies. At a similar area there is Galini area where there is a creek bearing waters until July, verdant with plane trees, which empties into a natural port of unique beauty - an area with rare aesthetics value and many antiquities that could be declared as a national park.

Garipa Community

Tel: +30 28910 93350

Gavalochori Community

Tel: +30 28250 22625
  The small village Aspro (Koprana), built upon a hill, consists mainly of buildings dating from the 18th century and is inhabited predominantly by foreigners. Gavalohori is a large old village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. In this officially protected, traditional village a lot of interesting buildings can be found, such as the 18th century two-roomed, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school and many residences.
  Visitors can also find the unique folklore museum of the prefecture of Hania, organised by the Ministry of Culture, filled with a wealth of displays of folk life.
   The landscape around the village still has its natural beauty. Plenty of opportunities for walks are provided around the group of Venetian wells, the Roman cemetery, the neighbourhood and the church of Agios Pavlos. A women association continuing the old art of lace making (kopaneli) and dealing generally with alternative tourism also exists in Gavalohori. Gavalohori could offer environmental management training as well as other activities at the Environmental Educational Centre, which is currently under construction.

Gazi Community

Just 7km away from Heraklion on the right side of the bank of Gazanos river, as the ancient Triton river is known. The area of Gazi has been inhabited since Minoan times and nowadays hosts the Municipality's headquarters at a newly built Town Hall situated at Platia Eleftherias. It is a resort with 12 settlements presenting residential booming maintaining the same time its individual cultural interest.

Gdochia Community

Tel: +30 28420 51355

Gonies Community

Tel: +30 28970 51372
  Historical and colourful village built at the foot of Lassithi Mountains, with many natural resources, great canyons and what’s more the Ampelos gorge, lovely caves with their rich natural decoration, oak trees and so much more. All these consist enchanting scenery with bird’s eye view, the best for explorations and peaceful walks.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Chersonissos tourist pamphlet.

Vouxa channel

The northern cape of the Gramvousa peninsula to the NW side of the island of Crete forms with the island of Agria Gramvousa the Vouxa channel.

Ini Community

Tel: +30 28910 91432

Kaina Community

Tel: +30 28250 22440
The southwest road from Vamos leads through the well-preserved community of Tsikoliana to the interesting village of Kaina, which has many buildings dating from the years of the Turkish occupation. Outside the small community of Genitsari Metohi or Platanos, one can find the church of Agios Antonios with its frescoes from the 14th century, the beautiful location Sopoto and on the national road the small church of Agios Fanourios where many people come to worship and where interesting religious events take place. From Kaina the national road provides a further route to the district of Vamos and access to the mountainous area of Fre.

Kalamafka Community

Tel: +30 28420 92225

Kalamitsi Alexandrou Community

Tel: +30 28250 22551
The small community of Kalamitsi Alexandrou is situated 8 km away from Vamos. It is an old and well-preserved village with narrow streets, the large, modern, cross-shaped and domed church of Agia Triada and impressively constructed underground reservoir "Softas" dating from the Turkish occupation.

Kalessa Community

  It is a small, picturesque village with a traditional settlement of stone built houses, on a hill. It brings back past times of 1900 with the old quarter and the narrow allies that give a sense of tranquility and simplicity. The traditional coffee shops serve tsikoudia (local strong alcoholic drink) and Cretan rusks with olives from the local production and wine made from the famous grapes of Kalessa.
  At the square of the village there is Evagelismos church (Annunciation church), typical sample of the Venetian domination in Crete of 13th century. Another significant church is Ai Yiorgi church (St. George church), stone built in basilica manure, which dates back to 1300. The itinerary to Kalessa has been described to be not only naturalistic but also historic due to the monuments of the area. The route up to the village is passing through vineyards and olive groves, having sea as background from the one side and mountains from the other. Kalessa is built on a hill, the foot of which has many caves known since Minoan times that; were later developed by the Venetians and were modified with chiseled arches.

Kalo Chorio Community

Tel: +30 28410 61501
Fax: +30 28410 61651

Karydi Community

Tel: +30 28430 93472
  It is the most beautiful of the highland villages of the Itanos municipality, that keeps unchanged its picture and its face throughout the years. It's about 15 kilometers away from Palaikastro and it has around 80 inhabitants.
  In the area are very important archeological discoveries. Also near Peristera there is the homonymous cave, one of the largest and most important caves of Crete.

Kassanos Community

Tel: +30 28910 61434

Kato Chorio Community

Tel: +30 28420 31000

Kastelliana Community

Tel: +30 28910 71290

Kavoussi Community

Tel: +30 28420 94522


Three (3) km after Gazi you will find Kavrochori settlement, which is popular for its vivid traditional character and picturesqueness. Narrow allies, old factories and stone built houses with 'ontas' and wooden staircase. It is worth mentioning the old olive press (Fabrika) of the village that is at least 200 years old.

Kefalas Community

Tel: +30 28250 22725
  The community of Kefalas is situated approximately 4 km to the east of Vamos. During the Venetian occupation higher and lower Kefalas were classed as two separate villages, however, today they have become one. It is a large village built in an outstanding position facing the sea with architecture dominated by the influence of the early and late years of the Turkish occupation. This influence is well preserved despite the existence of other architectural styles.
  The church of Timios Stavros (16th century) is the oldest building of the village while the more recent churches of Panagia, Agios Antonios, and Michael the archangel, works of the reputed Kefalas craftsmen, are examples of folk architecture of the 19th century.
  A further example of the work of the same craftsmen is the Public School of Kefalas, which in accordance with the decision of the county council of Hania will house the Environmental Educational Centre of the prefecture, a foundation that will play a definitive role in the development of the municipality of Vamos. Other interesting communities are Paleloni and Drapanos in the direction of Kokino Horio. The road from Paleloni leads to Embrosgialo, a relatively easily accessible place, along the steep coastline, which extends to Georgioupoli.

Kera Community

Tel: +30 28970 51497
  It is consisted of two old settlements, which played a vital role in the revolution of Christians the previous century. The settlements are surrounded of streams and brooks, fruit-bearing and wild trees, offering visitors unique short walks. The historical Monastery of Panagia Kera "Kardiotissa" was the guarding entrance to the rich valley of Lassithi in years of Cretan Revolution.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Chersonissos tourist pamphlet.


Kokino Chorio Community

   Kokino Horio, which is located at a higher altitude, has maintained its traditional architectural style even more so than the other villages with its narrow roads, beautiful gates and tiled roofs.
  A group of cisterns, built in a sloping field, gather the rainwater, an interesting example of local architecture, dealing with the permanent problem of lack of water. Above Kokino Horio one can see the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the venetian occupation). The coastline northwest of the village is an extremely interesting place for a stroll due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi (or Karavotopos). Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is also an interesting site.
  At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.

Kritsa Community

Tel: +30 28410 51780, 51205
Fax: +30 28410 51205

Kroustas Community

Tel: +30 28410 51400

Krya Community

KRYA (Village) SITIA
Tel: +30 28430 26816

LAPPEI (Municipality) RETHYMNO
  The Municipality of Lappaioi has a population of 2585 and it covers 51,132,000 sq.m. It is situated near the boundaries of the prefectures of Rethymno and Chania and it stretches from the beach of Episkopi to the massif of Miriokefala and Alona. It is only 10 km from Rethymno, 40 km from the city of Chania and a mere 75 km from the capital Heraklion. This gives the area great advantages since the visitor has easy access, through the newly constructed national road, to all Crete’s centres.
  Moreover through the road that crosses the Municipality, southern Crete is in fast and easy reach. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a tourist during a day-trip could go as far as the palm forest of Vai on the eastern edge of Crete and of course spend the night in his hotel at Lappa. The Municipality of Lappaioi has some very beautiful villages, which are scattered to the hills and mountains between the rivers Mouzela and Petre. Starting from the northern section of the Municipality we find ourselves at Episkopi. The area had been settled from the 1st Byzantine period (325-824) according to the ruins of an early-Christian church temple, which was discovered in 1959 near the spring Fountana.
  To the south of Episkopi and in a distance of 4 km is Argiroupoli in the place of ancient Lappa. Lappa was one of the greatest cities of ancient Crete and flourished in the Roman period, which is estimated from the extent of the remains that it numbered around 10,000 inhabitants. Many houses of Argiroupoli are created by building materials from ancient Lappa.
  Continuing our route to south, we reach the mountainous village, called Miriokefala. The village is known from the Monastery, which is situated here, in which an icon of Panaghia of Byzantine technique has been preserved.
  The Municipality has also some very beautiful and picturesque village such as: Karoti, Archontiki, Kato Poros, Vilanthretho, Arolithi, Alones, Roubatho and Maroulou, to which the passage of the Venetians has left the markings of that era (such as smoothly polished stones, the beautiful door frames and the doors themselves with Latin inscriptions etc). The "dowry" however of the Municipality of Lappaioi isn’t limited only to beautiful villages but it also includes regions of exceptional natural beauty, historical and archeological monuments and buildings, churches and traditional settlements.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Lappes tourist pamphlet.

The Prefecture of Lassithi

  The prefecture of Lassithi occupies the far-eastern part of the island and it is divided into 8 municipalities: Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, Neapoli, Makri Gialos, Lefki, Oropedio (Lassithi Plateau) and Itanos. It is embraced by three seas: the Cretan Sea in the north, the Libyan Sea in the south, the Carpathian Sea in the east, whilst in the west, the mountain range of Dikti prevails imposingly, spreading its verdant mountainsides down to the plains of Mirabello and those of Ierapetra, in a picturesque contrast. The land morphology all over the prefecture, with the ever changing, highly contrasting landscape, as well as its unequaled natural beauties, captures the visitor from the very first moment. Its coasts present the same contrasts. Its mild, purely Mediterranean climate, without any abrupt fluctuations, is considered to be one of the healthiest and most pleasant climates, all year long. In the plains and on the mountain slopes the luxuriant vegetation is present even during the summer, thanks to the olive- groves, whilst during the spring the almond - trees demonstrate the white sorcery of their blossoms everywhere. Moreover, the land fertility, combined with the favourable climatic conditions, is a guarantee for the self- sufficiency of the prefecture, as far as the agricultural, farming and garden products are concerned, products which are renowned for their highest quality and taste. Olive oil, almonds, carobs and particularly the high quality raisin produced in Sitia, are exporting products.
   No other prefecture of Crete shows such a particularity as Lassithi. The primary factor of such a particularity is the existence of so many regions which combine natural beauty with historical and archaeological interest. We say "no other prefecture", because the triptych of interests in this prefecture is really unparalleled. Regions as the palm - forest of Vai or the plateau of Lassithi are unique in Greece. As far as archaeology is concerned, the prefecture is spread with ruins of ancient towns, settlements and buildings, on the other hand the existence of Zakros palace, as well as the ancient town of Gournies, turn the area into a place of high interest for the researchers of the minoan era. Nevertheless, from an historical point of view, Lassithi is of high interest, too, not only because it sheltered Eteokrites (one of the five ancient Cretan tribes, cited by Homer), or because Itanos played an important part in the history of Hellenistic times, but also because it was the scenery of bloodshed between Greeks and Turks, during the Turkism Domination.
   The visitor of Lassithi can organise his or her tour and easily explore the neighbouring area, using any town of the prefecture as starting point. Agios Nikolaos is the picturesque capital of Lassithi, so it is the centre of many starting points for the public buses' destinations. Nevertheless, the visitor who has more time at his or her disposal and would like to be acquainted with Lassithi, should explore various destinations, using Agios Nikolaos, Neapoli, Ierapetra, and Sitia as starting points.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Prefecture of Lassithi URL below, which contains images.

Lastro Community

Tel: +30 28430 94247

Lefkochori Community

Tel: +30 28910 22529

Limnes Community

Tel: +30 28410 32810

Loumas Community

Tel: +30 28410 42176

Maleme Community

Tel: +30 28210 62245

Maronia Community

Tel: +30 28430 26325

Messa Mouliana Community

Tel: +30 28430 95212

Monastery of Gonia

Tel: +30 28240 22281

Monastery of the Virgin at Agarathos

Tel: +30 2810 771218, 771621, 771874

Monastery of St. John at Anopolis

Tel: +30 2810 781349
  The monastery is located in a small distance south east of Anopolis in a tree covered valley. It was first a part of the Saint George monastery located by the mouth of Aposelemis river a few kilometers to the north, but around 15th - 16th century the monks due to the raids of the pirates moved from Saint George’s monastery to the monastery of Saint John taking with them the icon of the Saint which exists until today.
  During the Turkish occupation a "secret school" has been operating at the monastery which was also a base of the rebellions against the invaders.
  The monks of the monastery and the people of Anopolis paid for their activities when in July 1896 the Turks slaughtered them and ruined the monastery. A cross stands at the top of the overlooking hill to remind this massacre.
  The monastery was refounded by Kalinikos Daskalakis (1904 - 1936).

Monastery of St. Panteleimon at Fodele

Tel: +30 2810 521266, 521281
It is almost a 5 km drive along the river through orange and plane trees. Built in the last period of the Venetian occupation, it is in complete harmony with the verdant scenery/landscape. During the Turkish occupation, the monastery constituted the center of the revolutionary action and even though it was severely damaged and pillaged it preserved its traditional architecture of a monastery.

Aretiou Monastery

  This fifteenth century monastery was one of the most important in the province during the Turkish occupation. Due to its location in a dry, isolated area it was not bothered by the Turks. There are workshops for producing wine and olive oil as well as the monks cells and the beautiful church. The monastery became the most prosperous one of Mirabelo, managing to buy seven other monasteries. Today it is being extensively restored.

This extract is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.

Monastery of Timiou John Prodromou of Kapsa

Tel: +30 28430 51458
Fax: +30 28430 51458

Monastery of Odigitria

Tel: +30 28920 42364

Monastery of Paliani

Tel: +30 2810 791331

Monastery of the Virgin at Savvathiana

Tel: +30 2810 841296, 220579
It is situated in a verdant ravine of Vasilikos mountain nearby Rodia. It is dedicated to Agios Antonios, the protector of the Monks, in whose honour an old cave-like church was built. It is amongst the most significant historic monasteries where in the Turkish occupation period monks from Agios Savas (on Almyros beach) found refuge due to its inaccessible position. The Monastery was severely damaged during the Turkish attack in 1648, though in 1745 reconstruction work commenced.

Mournies Community

Tel: +30 28420 51485

Myrsini Community

Tel: +30 28430 94225

Myrtos Community

Tel: +30 28420 51225

Mythi Community

Tel: +30 28420 51224

Nipiditos Community

Tel: +30 28910 61204

Pachia Ammos Community

Tel: +30 28420 93272

Palekastro Community

  Palekastro is situated at the most eastern part of Crete, about 19km away from Sitia and 8km away from the famous palmforest Vai. It is the biggest village of all the area of Sitia, with about 1700 permanent residents.
  It is convieniently located and gives access to the natural, historical and archeological interest of the area. The semi-tropical climate offers mild, sunny winters and exotic warm summers which are never too hot because they are moderated by a cooling summer breeze called Meltemii. A unique climatic condition, that powered the traders in ancient times. There are many kilometers of beautiful seashores to discover with the famous blue water only the mediteranian can provide. All of which compose an unparalleled peaceful landscape. This is an ideal place for quiet and unforgettable holidays.

Panagia Community

Tel: +30 28910 61309

Panorama Community

Tel: +30 28910 93643

Papagiannades Community

Tel: +30 28430 31401

Partira Community

Tel: +30 28910 22837

Pigi Community

Tel: +30 28310 71669

Piskokefalos Community

Tel: +30 28430 28812

  At the foot of Mt. Harakas, lies also the colourful Piskopiano. Traditional settlement with so much beauty inside and outside the settlement. A vivid example of the richness of local art is the Agricultural museum. Here was founded the first Bishopric of Hersonissos.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Chersonissos tourist pamphlet.

Plaka Community

  On the road from Kalives there is a junction for Almirida. The old monastery of Panagia Keras is located on a beautiful small beach after Kasteli, while towards Gavalohori one can see remains of the old public road with its arched bridge and tollbooth.
  Almirida, a small fishing village, evolved into a tourist resort a few years ago and is an area which demands particular attention from the municipality of Vamos. At the entrance of the village the 13th division for Byzantine antiquities of the Archaeological Receipts Fund has uncovered the ruins of an old (6th century) Christian Basilica separated into three, with mosaics, which are both of excellent quality and have been exceptionally well preserved. On Finikias hill above the Basilica (as well as on the small island of Karga) are the remains of a Greek-Roman town a short distance away from Almirida.
  The village of Plaka is built on the slope of a hill with a view of the Souda bay. It is a community with interesting architectural style, which is unfortunately changing due to intense building mainly for tourist purposes. The surrounding environment has maintained its character well and is ideal for walks either inland or along the coast. Plaka retains its traditional identity, which must be protected through checks on new buildings in order to prevent the alteration of the traditional architectural style. Every summer Cretan music festivals take place in Plaka, the "Plakiana", in honour of Michael Papadakis, from Plaka, a fine lyra player of recent years.

Riza Community

Tel: +30 28420 51240

Rodia Community

RODIA (Small town) GAZI
Tel: +30 2810 841221
  The historic settlement of Rodia lays on the steep slope overlooking Heraklion bay and is recently booming into a residential center of high quality dwellings. Rodia is 16km away from Heraklion and owes its name to the old church of Virgin Mary's Annunciation. The steep slopes compose landscapes of exquisite beauty especially on the coastline and at the foot of the Valley and the gorge that starts from the bay of Palaiokastro and ends at the NW of Rodia settlement. Visitors are amazed by the wonderful route and the 240m altitude overlooking the port of Heraklion, Ammoudara's bay and the verdant scenery.

Roussa Eklissia Community

Tel: +30 28430 25705

Selia Community

  The community of Pano and Kato Selia is built on the slope of a hill and surrounded by greenery. It boasts interesting examples of folk architecture, like the older village of Souri, with its neoclassical church of Agios Ioannis Theologos.
  The coast with the steep cliffs and the wide variety of self-growing plants near Likotinara is an area of interest and is included with the surrounding area in the European Community Directive, Natura 2000. Kefalas and the nearby communities of Selia and Xerosterni surround a big formation (Dolinis), Roupakia or Orpakia, an area rich in woody plants, old agricultural facilities (roads, stone farm houses, wells and other facilities), flora and fauna.
  Through the environmental educational programmes this area of natural beauty will develop and prosper.

  Skaleta, a picturesque and historical settlement, stretches on the shores of the Cretan Sea about 12 kilometres east of the town of Rethymno and 67 km west of Heraklion.
  The harbour, which was in use during the second Byzantine period, the churches of Zoodochou Pighis (live-giving spring) and of St. Nicholas, as well as archaeological finds in the environment testify the existence of a period that has been forgotten during the course of the centuries.
  Skaleta’s large, sandy beach, which is sometimes caressed, at other times fiercely beaten by the sea, is surrounded by low hills, from the top of which a spectacular view is offered to the visitor, especially at sunset. This beach is one of the last hatching places of the caretta-caretta turtle. Also, the seal monachus-monachus, which until recently was in danger of extinction, had found a place of refuge here.
  The rocky part of the coastal area boasts a number of caves, the Poseidon cave being the most important among them, to which access is possible from the sea only. Inside, bizarre formations of stalactites and stalagmites, reflecting the whole spectrum of colours, indeed display a "divine picture". At the entrance of the Poseidon cave, a huge stalgmite in the shape of a lion seems to watch over the enormous cave. Next to it, a peculiar accumulation of rocks could have been the "gate of the nymphs", under which the mermaids prepared themselves before they entered the cave of the great god of the seas.
  The historical and mythological background of the village of Skaleta as well as the beauty of the landscape make this resort particularly attractive to the visitor who wishes to pass agreeable holidays on this island.
  Luxurious hotel units, travel agencies, which offer organized excursions to all parts of the island, trips around the village and its vicinity on a picturesque train, car and motorbike rentals, jeweler's and souvenir shops, super-markets, tavernas and cafes, all these give evidence of the development and the infra-structure achieved in this area in the field of tourism.
  In 1997, the blue flag for clean beaches and sea water was awarded to Skaleta, which proves that the area is clean and free of pollution.
  Picturesque villages in the vicinity such as Prinos, Episkopi, Magnisia, and Stavromenos as well as the monastery of Arsani invite the visitor for walks and give him the opportunity to get to know the locals.
This text is cited February 2004 from the Scaleta Cultural Society tourist pamphlet.

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