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The Municipality of Lampi
The villages Spili, Agia Galini, Akoumia, Ardaktos, Drimiskos, Karines, Kentrohori, Kerames, Kissos, Krya Vrissi, Lampini, Melampes, Mournes, Mixorouma, Orne, Saktouria
The beaches of Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Drimiskiano Ammoudi
The village of Polyrinia is built on the foot of the hill that ancient Polyrinia used to be. It is a small village located 6.5km away from Kastelli Kissamou, built at an altitude of 300 m. and has approximately 100 permanent residents. Its old name was Apano Paleokastro and was renamed to Polyrinia due to its proximity to the archaeological site. Important sights are: the aqueduct of Andrianos, the temple of the Assumption of the Holly-Mother and an old olive mill.
Vlatos is located at 380m a.s.l., 54 km away from Hania and 18 km from Kastelli Kissamou. It is built in a tree covered valley, with olive trees, chestnut trees and wild vegetation. There are some very nice trekking paths around and in the forest of "Peace" which has been characterized as a natural park.
The "Park of Peace" was founded in 1970 by the Cultural Association of Vlatos with the cooparation of Goethe Institute and the support of the Bavarian Department of Forests.
It is an experimental park with 150 species of plants, covers an area of 1,000,000 sq.m. and is part of an extended area of 20 sq.km. which have been reforested.
The area of Mournies
The villages of Mournies, Souda, Therisso, Drakona, Tsikalaria, Vamvakopoulo, Varipetro, Nerokouros, Perivolia, Plativola...
The Municipality of Nea Kydonia
Hrissi Akti, Makris Tihos, Agii Apostoloi, Glaros, Daratso, Galatas, Stalos
Malevizi, North - West Iraklion
Ahláda (GR: Αχλάδα) is a small village located 24 kms west of Iraklion at an altitude of 300 meters a.s.l. It is close to the tourist resorts of Agia Pelagia and Ligaria, and it has approximately 500 inhabitants, most of them farmers and stock breeders. The name of the village meaning wild pear tree is given probably due to the huge wild pear tree that used to be at the village.
The Cave of Arkalohori
It was supported by Spiros Marinatos, that the cave had been a worship centre since 2500 BC, in favour of a war god possibly, as most of the votive were weapons.
The Municipality of Asterousia
The mountain range of Asterousia (Eastern part), the beaches, the facilities, the sightseeing and the villages:
AGIA FOTIA, AMYGDALOS, APOSELEMI, AHENTRIAS, VORIAS, DORAKI, ETHIA, KALIVIA, KEFALADO, LIGORTINOS, MADES, MESOHORIO, MOURNIA, NEOHORI, PARANIFI, PLAKIOTISA, PRINIAS, PROTORIA, PIRATHI, PIRGOS, ROTASI, TEFELI, HARAKAS, HARAKI, TREIS EKLISIES, PERA TSOUTSOUROS, MARIDAKI, AGIOS NIKITAS MONASTERY...
The Municipality of Kofinas
The municipality of Kofina covers an area of great natural beauty that will enchant all visitors. The villages Asimi, Akria, Atsipades, Morias, Kasteli (Tsifout), Loures, Dionysi, Panaghia, Sternes, Stoloi, Inia, Sokaras, Apoini, Stavies, Fournofarango, Kapetaniana, the monastery of KOUDOUMAS...
The village of Epano Sissi
The village of Vrahassi
Vrahasi is an old Cretan village, built amphitheatrically at the slope of the mountain Anavlohos (alt. 625m) with an excellent view towards the Lasithiotika mountains and the gorge of Selinari.
The Municipality of Gorgolaini
The villages:Agios Myron, Ano Asites, Kato Asites, Pentamodi, Petrokefalo and Pyrgou.
The historical monastery of Gorgolaini.
Electricity in Crete
Voltage :220 - 240V,Frequency: 50 Hz, Sockets/Outlets: 2 pin + earth/ground "Shuko" or 2 pin (round) lighting type.
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The Municipality of NIKIFOROS FOKAS
The Municipality of Nikiforos Fokas is located in the north of Rethymnon Prefecture. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty and its historical tradition and architecture. All of the municipality's settlements are steeped in history and contain fine examples of architecture, featuring stone buildings with vaulted entrances (known as "diavatika") and magnificent thresholds.
The municipality's jurisdiction extends over the fourteen former community wards of Agios Konstantinos, Ano Valsamonero, Atsipopoulo, Gerani, Gonia (Athanatos), Zouridi, Kalonyktis, Kato Valsamonero, Malaki, Mountros, Prines, Roustika, Saitoures and Frantzeskiana Metochia, which comprise a total of 21 villages.
The village of Apodoulou is located 55 km from Rethimno at an altitude of 450m. Remains of an extensive centre of the Old Palace period (1950-1700 B.C.) have been uncovered.at the site called Gournes, near the village of Apodoulou, at the west foot of Psiloreitis. The site dominates the Amari valley and controls the main route to the Messara plain. Excavations have brought to light three building complexes while tholos tombs of the Postpalatial period (1380-1200 B.C.) have also been located in the adjacent area.
The first excavations on the site were carried out by S. Marinatos in the 1930's. During World War II it was excavated by the German Archaeological Institute, under the direction of E. Kirsten. Since 1985, systematic excavations have been carried out by the Greek Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the University of Naples.
The most important monuments on the site are:
Building A. It lies on the east side of the hill, to the south of the massive retaining wall. It had two storeys, as is indicated by the two preserved steps of a staircase. Decades of pithoi and other vases found on the ground floor suggest that it was used for storage. The house was destroyed by fire which followed an earthquake.
Building B, located to the north of the retaining wall. It is a complex of rooms which originally communicated with Building A.
Building C. It lies to the east of house A and belongs to a later phase of the settlement.
Tholos tomb at Sopatakia. Tholos tomb with dromos, lying to the east of the road that leads from Apodoulou to Nithavris. The dromos is 7 m. long and the chamber has a diameter of 3.10 m. Three larnakes were found inside the burial chamber. Dated to 1380-1200 B.C.
Source: The Hellenic Ministry of Culture
A small traditional town (~4000 people) 15 km south of Iraklion on the foot of the sacred mountain Yiouhtas. Renowned for its excellent wine (from the varieties: vilana, kotsifali and madilari) and the archaeolocical sites and caves.
In 1912, Xanthoudides noted the importance of Archanes, but Sir Arthur Evans was the first to characterize the site as palatial, declaring that Archanes was likely a Summer Palace for the Knossos kings. Spyridon Marinatos and N. Platon excavated minor areas in the region, but nothing supported Evans' theory. In 1964, J. Sakellarakis dug trial trenches at the Tourkoyeitonia site and uncovered the first evidence of a palace site. Since 1966, Archanes has been excavated by the Greek Archaeaological Society under the supervision of John Sakellarakis and Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis.
The village of Milia
A traditional stone built settlement restored and available for accommodation. Near the forest of Vlatos.
Prophitis Ilias Town
The town of Profitis Ilias (GR: Προφήτης Ηλίας), or Roka for the locals, is found 20km south of Heraklion It is built on the top of two hills offering an unforgettable view to the surrounding areas. A natural fortification, due to its position, it has been suggested that ancient Lycastos was built here. It is also known as Kandli Kasteli due to the castle located at the summit of a rock southeast of the town.
Nikiforos Fokas built the Byzantine castle of Temenos in the same location in 961 when he freed the island from the Saracens. His objective was to bring the city of Hantaka (Heraklion) into the castle of Temenos. However, this did not materialize and the city remained were it was. In the thirteenth century the castle of Temenos was occupied by the Genoese Pescatore, and later by the Venetians. The name Kanli Kastelli in Turkish means blood-painted castle, and took its name from a massacre of Turks by the Venetians and Greeks that took place here in 1647.
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