at 16.2km (E) from Knossos
At a height of 320 m above sea-level, Kalo Chorio (GR: Καλό Χωριό) λιεσ 25.7 kms. from Heraklion, to the right at the cross-roads at km 16.7 on the National Road to Agios Nikolaos and on the road to Gouves- Koxare- Kalo Chorio. The present name does not figure in old Venetian documents, though there is a reference in the 1367 Duke’s archives of Chandax to a Kalo Horio, without however naming the district. The villagers maintain that the village was called Stravorina in the old days, and indeed there is a reference by Barozzi in 1577 to a village Stravorina in the district of Pediados. In the 1583 Register, the village Stravorina is mentioned as having 76 inhabitants and in the Turkish census of 1671 Istavrine is quoted as having 21 "charatsa" (A Turkish word referring to a tax paid by the head of each family; hence 21 families). However, Chourmouzis Vizantios in 1842 mentions Kalo Chorio, the present name was therefore given in the decade 1830-1840. The village counted 298 inhabitants in 1981 which is also the current population. The Maza hill-top, south-east of the village, is 457 metres high. According to archaeologists (among them the famous N. Platon) and on the basis of recent finds, the name Maza comes from pre-Hellenic years and means Mother Earth. The pile of stones on the hill was, according to N.Platon, a town from the 10th to the 8th c. BC. The highest part was undoubtedly used as a shrine in Middle-Minoan years, and clay figurines and offerings were found there. The shrine lay quite close to the town. The shrine stopped being used in Proto-Geometric years. Northeast of the village, by the country road that leads from Kasteli to Hersonissos, traces of ancient installations have also been found along with remnants of water tanks by a source that is still in use today. These water tanks, probably belonged to Hersonissos aqueduct, parts of which are still visible today in Aposelemi valley. There is as well an interesting gorge close to Kalo Chorio, in the valley of Aposselemis river, worth seeing for nature lovers.
at 16.3km (NW) from Knossos
MINOS apartments are situated 18 km west of Iraklion in the small picturesque cove of Ligaria, near the famous tourist resort of Agia Pelagia. Built in a quiet and hospitable environment of natural beauty, with spectacular view to the sea and only 170 m away from the lovely beach, Minos apartments are an ideal place for peaceful vacation. The fully furnished apartments have one 2-bedded bedroom, bathroom, and a living room with kitchen. They can accommodate three persons while a fourth bed can be easily added.
at 16.4km (E) from Knossos
20km east of Iraklion near Hersonissos, by the beach of Analipsi the hotel offers 200 traditional spacious comfortable rooms, surrounding by beautiful gardens, in several 2- storey buildings with air condition, TV SAT , fridge, telephone, radio,... Also 3 swimming pools, restaurant, bar, mini market, playgrounds, kids club... Elia Restaurant prepares Mediterranean and international cuisine. Coffee, refreshments and drinks are provided at the 2 pool bars that in the evening also play music.
at 16.4km (E) from Knossos
To the east of Smari, at 400 m above sea level, with 99 inhabitants, Lagou (GR: Λαγού) is first mentioned in the Turkish census of 1671 with 4 haratsia (head tax). The journey to the village is charming getting you through areas of impressive wild landscape, and the typical old stone houses of Lagou, through the combined efforts of the members of the cultural centre, are being restored to their original traditional form so as to get the well deserved honour of being considered a protected traditional settlement.
at 16.5km (NW) from Knossos
Lygaria (also Ligaria GR: Λυγαριά) is a small seaside resort 2 kms to the east of Agia Pelagia. It is built in a small cove with a lovely sandy beach protected from the summer winds (Meltemi). Lygaria started as a residential area comprising of summer houses built mainly by residents of Heraklion but soon it has developed to a tourist resort. It has a couple of small taverns, hotels and cafes by the beach and it is very popular with tourists and locals alike. There is regular public bus transport from Heraklion. The distance from Heraklion is 19 kilometers via the national road.
at 16.7km (NW) from Knossos
Villa Bellevue Apartments is situated 18km west of Iraklion over the small picturesque bay of Ligaria, 1200m from the famous tourist resort of Agia Pelagia. Quiet and hospitable environment. All apartments and Studios have complete kitchen, separate WC with bath or shower, hot water all day long, balconies or terraces, with view to the sea and the surrounding area, music, telephone, Full air conditioning, satellite TV.
at 17.2km (NW) from Knossos
In 5000m2 area of natural beauty, 20 km from Heraklion, upon the hill, lies the complex of 10 lux family apts, all facing the sea, with a swimming pool, parking, Wi-Fi free, AC, kitchenette, bathrobes, sleepers,etc. A bottle of wine, a basket of fresh fruit, bottled water and a bouquet of flowers are provided upon arrival.
at 17.3km (N) from Knossos
Dia (GR: Δία & Ντία) is an uninhabited island approximately 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion. It is surrounded by small rocky inlets and its maximum length is 5kms while its maximum width 3kms. Dia is one of NATURA's protected areas due to its status as a biotope for endemic plants and for plants with low dispersal within the Southern Aegean.
at 17.5km (NW) from Knossos
Scala Hotel is a landmark in Greek hospitality.The philosophy by which the company and its staff has always been run is to produce a high standard of service in a relaxed environment, to provide a home away from home atmosphere for our guests and to maintain our individual identity by giving guests a real flavor of Greece. The distance from the hotel to the sandy beach and the village is 70 metres.
at 17.8km (NW) from Knossos
Agia Pelagia lies 20km west of Iraklion. The bay of Agia Pelagia is ideal for combining sea sports with relaxation. The visitor will find well trained instructors that offer lessons for sea sports such as water-ski, wind surf, canoe. Agia Pelagia offers unique high standard hotel facilities as well as many small hotels and pensions.