PALEKASTRO (Small town) ITANOS
Tel: +30 28430 61546, 29610
Fax: +30 28430 61547
In Palekastro there is a tourist office. There the guests can inform themselves and become acquainted better with the village and the environment. Also for problems, requests or suggestions the visitors can turn to this place where they will always find an " open ear ". It is at the same the exchange and public telephone office.
Tel: +30 28430 23590, 25341
Fax: +30 28430 25341
Tel: +30 28930 22754
ACHLADA (Village) GAZI
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.
ANOGIA (Small town) RETHYMNO
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.
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