at 0km (N) from Minoan Megaron
A Luxurious, two-storey house, built of large ashlar. The walls were strengthened by timber-frames and covered with a thick layer of plaster and marble slabs. The building has a paved courtyard, a shrine, storerooms for agricultural products, a staircase, and rooms with benches. It has been interpreted as a High Priest's house, due to the numerous ceremonial vessels it contained. The house was probably built in the 16th century. C. (MM III period) and, after its destruction by fire in the 15th century BC (LM IB period), was finally abandoned. The "Minoan Megaron" at Nirou was excavated in 1918 by St. Xanthoudides. In 1960, under the supervision of the Ephor of Antiquities N. Platon, the site was fenced and the building restored. The monument is consolidated and cleared at intervals by the 23rd Ephorate.
at 0.1km (SE) from Minoan Megaron
Edem Studios features 10 fully equipped 2 bedded studios, all on the ground floor, around 30 sq. meters each, with ceililing and floor fans, bathroom and large terrace.A third bed can be added for children up to 12 years old.There are also a swimming pool and a pool bar with umbrellas and sun beds. Edem is on the central road to Chersonissos, right at "NIROU Antiquities" bus stop. The beach, with sport activities, is approximately 50m away and within 150m there are restaurants, bars, taverns, stores etc.
at 0.4km (E) from Minoan Megaron
Kokkíni Cháni (Kokkíni Háni - GR: Κοκκίνη Χάνι) is a beach resort located 14km east of the city of Heraklion, on the old national road from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos. The beach from Vatheianos Kambos, to the west, to Gournes, to the east, is protected by small piers that in some places form small lagoons. It has fine sand and it is clean and well cared, with umbrellas and sun chairs, lifeguards and sea sports. The central street is lined with taverns, restaurants, bars, shops etc while the seaside street is less busy and ideal for walking.
at 2.3km (E) from Minoan Megaron
Great place and food. Frequented by both locals and tourists. You won't find us on a central street nor on the beach, our tavern, however, is for over 10 years the hang out for the good food connoisseurs. Passers by that happened to come in became our best friends and customers. We serve good home made food with fresh products to satisfy all tastes. Cretan, Greek and international cuisine, traditional recipes as well as fresh fish - but only when it's really fresh!.Our telephone numbers: +30 2810762163 - Tavern +30 6944447612 - Kostas mobile +30 2810762740 - winter
at 2.7km (E) from Minoan Megaron
The CretAquarium - Thalassocosmos (GR: Θαλασσόκοσμος) was officially opened in December 2005. It provides its visitors with a special experience, a trip to the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea and its creatures. It is a unique park whose focus is on science, education, culture and recreation and whose goal is to promote, share and spread knowledge concerning the marine environment.
at 2.8km (E) from Minoan Megaron
A modern competitive organisation, IMBG (part of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - www.hcmr.gr) is widely recognized as one of the leading institutes in the Mediterranean. IMBG is housed in custom-built new installations at Gournes, near Heraklion, Crete, where its laboratories, administration, library and conference facilities cover 1.500 m2. It has a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities needed to carry out its basic and applied research.
at 3.6km (W) from Minoan Megaron
At Amnissos, 6km east of Iraklion city, by the sea. The taverna offers Cretan traditional specialties, fresh fish and sea food. Home made sweets and ice cream. Very popular both with tourists and the locals.
at 4.7km (W) from Minoan Megaron
This 2 km long sandy beach was for years and still is the favorite beach of the people of Heraklion town. It is named after the river "Karteros" which outflows at the west end of it near the airport. The water is clean, the seabed is sandy with smoothly shelving and swimming is safe. The access is free in most parts except for some areas that are reserved for military personnel and the municipal beach "Akti" where visitors should pay an entrance fee in order to use the facilities. At the east end there are some very good taverns offering fresh fish among their specialties and are very popular with locals and tourists alike.
at 5km (E) from Minoan Megaron
Káto Goúves (GR: Κάτω Γούβες or simply Gouves) is a modern tourist resort with a complete tourist infrastructure to meet all demands. Organised beaches, large modern hotels, family apartments, restaurants, small tavernas, recreation centres, sports centre, shops, car and motorbikes for rent, small ports (marinas) for small boats, in a word Kato Gouves provides everything the visitors require to spend an agreeable and carefree holiday, enjoying the sunshine by day and the thrilling night-life in the numerous bars in the area. Just a few kilometers inland there are picturesque traditional villages, historic monasteries, caves and other natural beauties.
at 5.1km (SE) from Minoan Megaron
This is one of the three largest caves in the prefecture of Heraklion. It lies at half an hour distance to the north-west from the village of Skotino and is at a height of 225 m. above sea-level. The entrance to the cave is impressive: a large arch, 27 m wide and 10 m high. To the right one can see the ruins of an ancient chapel on which the modern chapel dedicated to Aghia Paraskevi was built. There is a feast held in front of the chapel on July 26th .