at 43.1km (NE) from Elyros, Ancient city
Kókino Horio (GR: Κόκκινο Χωρίο), which is located at a higher altitude, has maintained its traditional architectural style even more so than the other villages with its narrow roads, beautiful gates and tiled roofs. A group of cisterns, built in a sloping field, gather the rainwater, an interesting example of local architecture, dealing with the permanent problem of lack of water. Above Kokino Horio one can see the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the venetian occupation). The coastline northwest of the village is an extremely interesting place for a stroll due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi (or Karavotopos). Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is also an interesting site. At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.
at 43.9km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
Crete's only freshwater lake, Lake Kournás (GR: Λίμνη Κουρνά), is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. Although almost all touristic leaflets say that it is possible to walk around the lake, that is not true. At least not at the end of the rain season (winter). There is a nature preserve on the Southwest of the lake. But there is a rustic road from the North of the lake to the Hills on the West of the lake too.
at 44.3km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
At the traditional village of Skaloti 4 km from Frangokastelo on the road to Plakias, 3 km from the beach. Detached villa 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dinning room total area 130 sq.m in a plot of 1000sq.m ...
at 44.9km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
In a unique environment at Lakkoi Skalotis, 80m from the sandy beach you will find "Zorbas" rent rooms and taverna. The traditional Cretan specialties are all made with pure products from the owner's farm. There are also five double rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator and large verandas with nice view to the sea. Frangokastelo is about 5kms away and Plakias 27kms. A number of lovely beaches in close vicinity.
at 45km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
Kioni Villas is a small family - run complex of 4 detached villas, built in a plot of 6.000 sq.metres. Each villa covers 60 sq.metres and has one bedroom a living room with two sofas, dinning area with fully fitted kitchen, a bathroom and two verandas with view to the sea. Also Air conditioning, TV.
at 46.2km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
It is built at 500m a.s.l. and 37km away from the city of Rethymno, with 400 inhabitants most of them farmers and stock breeders. It took its name due to its position, "MYRIOKEFALA" means myriads of heads (here :Hills). It is the birth place of George Maravelakis, a great fighter of the 1866 revolution against the turks. The monastery of Miriokefala, an interesting sight, devoted to the Holly Mother, was established by Ai Kir Giannis (a Cretan Saint) in the 11th century. There are many icons of Byzantine art, among them this of Holly Mother.
at 47.5km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
Surrounded by olive groves, 40 metres from the beach of Rodakino in Crete, Polyrizos Hotel features a traditional restaurant with Cretan food. Rooms overlook Plakias Bay or the lush gardens. Featuring a furnished balcony or patio rooms at the Hotel Polyrizos include air conditioning, a fridge and satellite TV. Each room has a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer.
at 47.9km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
Two small villages, Epano & Kato (Upper & Lower) Rodakino halfway from Plakias to Frangokastelo, overlooking the bay of Korakas. Rodakino is 42 kms from Rethimnon, 27 kms from Hora Sfakion and 13 kms from Fragokastello. Rodakino is surrounded by small beaches some of them accessible only by foot, were visitors can isolate themselves from any trace of civilization. There are some small hotels and rooms to rent available and a couple of tavernas. The road to Rodakino is asphalt paved and there is a bus service to Rodakino from Rethimnon twice a day. In the village the visitor can find a taxi station, and a gasoline station. A doctor is available for medical emergencies on the village of Plakias approximately 15 kms from Rodakino. Rodakino played its own part during the eons, in the fighting of the Cretans against all the invaders. The village was totally destroyed during the Venetian occupation, with only one resident escaping to Peloponnese in Greece . Years after the destruction he returned to the site of the village, and he rebuilt it. In Kourkoylo one of the quarters of the village the first rising of the flag of the revolution against the Turks was raised on May 24th 1821. During the second World War the kidnapped German general Craipe was sent away from the bay of Korakas to the Middle East.
at 48.5km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
At the end of the canyon that traverses the area of Rodakino lies the beach of Korakas at the bay of the same name. It is a nice, wide and 400m long beach, with clear waters and small grayish sand and pebbles. There are a few accommodation options in family run apartment complexes and a few taverns on the beach front. Umbrellas and sun beds are also available at the eastern part. The headland to the east separate Korakas Beach from another lovely beach named "Klimata". At the east side of that headland there is a small fishing harbour and along its coast there are sharp rocks in the shape of a crow's beak (Kórakas GR: Κόρακας, means crow) thus giving the name to the bay.
at 49km (E) from Elyros, Ancient city
A beautiful small town in the county of Rethymno with great views, natural water springs and lush vegetation. It's located at 260m a.s.l. between the rivers "Mousselas" and "Petres", 22km from the national road and 5km from Episkopi. Argiroupolis is the site of the ancient city of Lapa.