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Traditional Villages

This day of exploring begins at the town of Heraklion and its Archaeological Museum, the world’s premier museum of Minoan civilization and continues to the site of ancient Knossos, once the  enter of the Minoan world. The end of the day will find you in the small village of Archanes.


This picturesque village built on the slopes of mount Giouhtas, 15 km. south of the town of Heraklion, is situated in the center of the most important wineproducing region of Crete. It has a 5,000 years of history, while excavations conducted in the last 50 years have brought to light a lot of sites dating back to the Minoan period. The village is also very famous for its typical Cretan architecture. Most of the houses have been restored recently and Archanes has won the second award as “The Best Restored Village in Europe”.



THE VILLAGE OF SAINT GEORGE (AGHIOS GEORGIOS) A tiny village on the southern side of the Lassithi plateau and a window into the roots of Crete, with men dressed in traditional Cretan garb, original Cretan architecture and picturesque taverns decorated with the famous bright Cretan textiles. THE VILLAGE OF KRITSA Located 10 km from Aghios Nikolaos in Lassithi, this beautiful small village in the mountain foothills, with narrow winding lanes and plenty of character, is renowned for the skill of the local weavers and embroiderers. Visit just to see the beautiful lacework, tablecloths and other clothing on display and for sale in the village. Nearby you can find the ruin of the Dorian city of Lato, thought to have dominated in this area in the fifth and fourth century BC. Nearby also lays the Kritsa Gorge and the Katharo Plateau leading through the Dikti Mountains to Lassithi Plateau.
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