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Anogia is a mountain town with 2500 permanent residents and is 55 km away from Rethymnon and 36 km from Iraklion. The name Anogia, means "high place - Ano Gi", is connected with the location that is built, in altitude of 700 m. Hospitable and pleasant residents have to tell a lot of old stories that have marked the tradition and the culture of the village. Anogia is a well-known village historically for its resident's resistance to the conquerors, Turkish and Germans.
Ormos Atalia Hotel***
Ormos Atalia is located in Bali Village, only 100 metres away from the harbour and 150 metres from the beach. It features an outdoor pool, and offers free public Wi-Fi. All guest rooms offer a private balcony. Each room is equipped with satellite TV, minibar, and en suite bathroom with hairdryer.
Guests of Ormos Atalia can relax in the green garden or by the pool area, and enjoy scenic views of the surrounding area.
Hotel Ormos Atalia is situated half way between Heraklio and Rethymno in Northern Crete. Connection to the public transport network is available 2 km from the hotel, and Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is 50 km away. Free parking is possible at a nearby location.
Hotel Rooms: 45
Stone Village Hotel Apartments****
This village-style complex is situated in Bali, 700 metres from the beach. It offers self-catering apartments, 3 swimming pools and it has its own small raki distillery. Hotel Stone Village (Petrino Horio) apartments are traditionally decorated featuring dark wood furnishings and stone walls. They have a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. They all come with air conditioning and TV, and offer Wi-Fi access. Their balconies enjoy views of Talaia Mountains.
Free sun beds are available by the swimming pools of Stone Village Hotel Apartments. Next to one of the pools, a bar serves refreshing drinks and snacks.
The restaurant prepares traditional Cretan dishes made with ingredients produced in Stone Village’s own farm. Inside the complex, there is also a small traditional winepress.
Bali’s location in the centre of Crete is ideal for exploring the entire island. The town of Rethymno is 35 km from Stone Village Hotel Apartments. Free private on-site parking is available.
Hotel Rooms: 44
Captains House Traditional Hotel Suites
Captain's House is a unique beautiful traditional building, situated just above the sea with a magnificent view. It faces over the port and the golden sandy beach of the small fishing village of Panormos. The hotel offers maisonettes, apartments and a very spacious suite, all with sea-view terrace or balcony. All guests are greeted with welcome basket including fruit, wine and mineral water. In-room facilities include satellite TV, safe and fully equipped kitchens.
Captain's House has a lounge and a nice restaurant which offers traditional Greek food and fresh fish.
Hotel Rooms: 6
Located in Panormos fishing village, 50 metres from the sandy beach, Apartments Christina offer self-catering accommodation overlooking the Cretan Sea. The fully equipped kitchens feature cooker and fridge. All air-conditioned units at the Christina include satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access. Bathrooms are equipped with hydromassage tub or jet shower. Maisonettes and apartments also feature furnished balconies and a sitting area with fireplace.
The village of Panormos has a good selection of traditional taverns, shops and water sports facilities. Christina Apartments is 18 km from Rethymno Port and 60 km from Heraklion Airport. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby the Christina.
Hotel Rooms: 6
Bali Star Hotel***
Bali Star is built amphitheatrically on a small peninsula in Bali, enjoying a view of the port. It offers a large garden with free deck chairs and playground, a pool and a beach bar. The hotel’s rooms are tasteful and fitted with all modern comforts. They have a balcony or veranda with view of the garden or the sea, TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer and safety deposit box.
Hotel services include around-the-clock reception, banking service, free parking and travel services.
The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast and dinner prepared with famous Cretan products. The menu is complemented by a full range of drinks and quality wines produced in the area.
The hotel is 47km away from Iraklion, where the nearest airport and port are situated, and 32km from Rethymno.
Hotel Rooms: 62
Bali Beach Hotel***
Back-dropped by the Cretan mountains, this modern hotel complex offers a fantastic view to Bali bay. Guests enjoy air-conditioned rooms with private balcony, 2 adult swimming pools and a variety of dining options. The renovated hotel rooms are fully equipped with private bath or shower, satellite TV with music channel and mini-fridge. Each offers a lovely view of the bay of Bali or Mount Kedros.
The Bali Beach’s pool complex includes 2 pools for adults, a children’s pool and a baby pool. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing terrace with beds and umbrellas. Refreshing cocktails are served at the two pool-side bars.
The Bali Beach & Village’s buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner,including Cretan, as well as International dishes. Refreshing juices and light snacks are available at the beach bar Meltemi.
The Hotel Bali Beach & Village is 25 km east of Rethymnon and 45 km west of Heraklion. The village centre which features traditional taverns, restaurants, and various shops is just 250 metres from the hotel.
Hotel Rooms: 63
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Iraklion, Chania, Rehtymno, Ierapetra
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Aposperitis - Traditional guest house
Drossia, Mylopotamos, Rethymno
5 two-room furnished houses that each can host up to 4 guests. In the bedroom there's a choise of a double bed or two single ones. Each house has a safe box to secure valuables. In each bathroom there's a spacious bath tub and a hair- dryer as well. It's 34 klm. distance from Iraklion and 44 klm. from Rethymno. It's built on the slopes of a beautiful hill fully covered of fruit trees and wild plants.
At 1538m above sea level, 20 km. south of the traditional town of Anogia , on the plateau of Nida, of Mountain Psiloritis, lies this sacred cave, where according to mythology, Rhea, Zeus' mother, hid the new born Zeus in this cave in order to protect him from his father Kronos (Saturn), who was in the habit of swallowing his children because he feared they might deprive him of his power. Hidden in that cave Zeus grew up being fed with the milk of the goat Amalthia, while the 'Kourites" covered the child's crying through banging their copper shields.
Rethymnon North coast
Bali is a small fishing village, about 40 km west of Iraklion and 37km east of Rethymno easily accessed from the international road.
It has a small picturesque harbour and lots of small coves with wonderful clear beaches.
Recent years Bali has been developed to a popular tourist resort but it is still preserves its traditional character.
Ideal place for family holidays, with small hotels and lovely taverns serving fresh fish and local specialties.
Not far from Bali is the Monastery of Saint John a place worth to visit.
Rethymnon North coast
Panormo is a small coastal village with ~400 inhabitants, located 25km east of Rethymnon in a small distance from the national road.
The village has developed to a tourist resort providing quite a few tourist facilities such as hotels, apartments, lovely taverns and bars.
There is also a small fishing harbour that serves mostly the locals.
It is an nice place for swimming as its beaches - with umbrellas , sun beds etc - are with fine sand and clear water.
Early-Christian basilica in Panormo
In 1948 the archaeological axe brought to light the largest early-Christian basilica of Crete southwest of the village of Panormo. The basilica of Aghia Sofia had a wooden roof and dates back to the 5th century.
About 25km from Panormo to the mainland is the archaeological site of Eleftherna.
Eleftherna (Eleutherna GR: Ελεύθερνα) is located on the foothills of Mount Psiloritis, in the heartland of Crete, 25 km. southeastern of Rethymnon. It was inhabited continuously from the Sub-Neolithic period (4th millennium BC) down to the 12th cent. AD and its rich history is now summarized by five hundred selected artifacts unearthed from houses, shrines, public buildings and tombs.
The " Museum of ancient Eleutherna - Homer in Crete" , was created to accommodate the results of the excavations carried out for thirty years in the ancient city of Eleutherna (Eleftherna GR: Ελεύθερνα). It is a modern building approximately 1,800 sq.m. which together with the surrounding area occupies 3 acres and remotely resembles ark that emerges from the earth, gazing Ida (Psiloritis).
The plateau is located in the center of the Ida mountain range at an altitude of 1400 m. It can be accessed from various sides but the only asphalt road is from the town of Anogeia. It has a roughly triangular shape and is almost flat. Visitors can enjoy the wild landscape, take a walk to the entrance of Idaion cave or to the freedom fighter sculpture, made with boulders from the mountain. An other interesting attraction is the various Mitata scattered all over the area.
Those are circular domed buildings made with stones and used by shepherds for accommodation and storage of cheese.
There is also a tavern with traditional food.
The area of Nida, in earlier times, before the systematic farming and logging damage the flora of Psiloritis, was covered by forests in which mythological and traditional tales put different events. Here Dimitra fell in love with the mortal Iasion.
Margarites (GR: Μαργαρίτες) with 300 inhabitants, is located 27 kilometers from Rethymnon at 300 m above sea level near the amcient town of Eleftherna. Margarites, is a village with Venetian roots, mentioned by sixteenth-century travellers. In the nineteenth century, Margarites was a flourishing town, whose centuries-old ceramic tradition began at least as early as the Ottoman period. Margarites is undoubtedly the most important pottery centre in western Crete.
The artistic events, which take place every year in the first week of July at the same place called Fourni and in the Cretan village of Anogia. The poet, songwriter and singer from Anogia, who they call "Loudovikos from Anogia" wants to make the history of the young martyr, who supersedes his fear in love known to the public. And because 1.900 years have passed since the martyrdom of Yakinthos, he decided to honor the Saint of Love and sing together with him of the poetry of love.(www.yakinthia.com)
Located at the top (1750m) of Skinakas mountain of Idi (Ida) mounatin range, 60km from Heraklion. There are two telescopes and modern equipment and facilities both for research and educational activities in astronomy. It is a department of the University of Crete. Skinakas observatory offers a number of open days each year.
This gives the opportunity to visitors to be introduced to the operation of the observatory, to get informed about the latest achievements in Astrophysics and to observe through the telescope.
Open days for the year 2012:
During the open days the Observatory facilities can be visited from 17:00 to 23:00. Due to low temperatures at the Skinakas altitude, warm clothes are highly recommended. The visitors will have the opportunity to be guided through the Observatory's infrastructure and follow a related presentation. The road to Skinakas Observatory is very narrow. Accident may occur and the space is limited on the top. For the reasons above, buses are not allowed (advised) to visit the Observatory during open days.
Website : http://skinakas.physics.uoc.gr/
Nikos Xylouris (1936 - 1980)
Cretan Singer and lyra player from Anogeia
Nikos Xylouris (Greek: Νίκος Ξυλούρης, 7 July 1936 - 8 February 1980), nicknamed Psaronikos (Greek: Ψαρονίκος, "Grey Nick"), was a Greek composer lyra (Cretan lyre) player and singer from the town of Anogeia. He was part of the movement that brought down the Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete.
Apladianá (GR: Απλαδιανά) is a small village built at the foot of the two Kouloukona heights. The settlement stretches out along the old national road, where it developed after the opening of the new national road. It comprises cafes, tavernas, and accommodation facilities included in the Countryside Tourism programs.
It is worth your while, however, to visit the old village, climbing there on foot or by car. Picturesque, narrow streets, wonderful old houses with interesting architectural elements, old cisterns and churches will reward your efforts.
The old village built on a height of 260 m above sea-level has 175 inhabitants and the settlement along the old national road, known as "Kampos ton Apladianon", has 78 inhabitants. It is 40 kilometres away from Rethymnon and is located at the foot of the highest peak of the Kouloukona mountain in the Tallaios range.
Already as far back as 1368 we find a mention of the Aplada family, the founders of the present village and in the topographical maps of the Civil Engineering Services of Rethymnon it figures as Pladiana. The settlement is not mentioned in the 16th and 17th cent. documents. In the 1881 census, Apladiana is attributed to the commune of Garazo, with 57 inhabitants and in 1900 it is referred to as the Apladiana Commune which, together with the Cheliana settlement, had 153 inhabitants.
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