at 19.5km (SE) from Skotino Village
The cave of Psychro is one of the most important cult places of Minoan Crete. The excavators and several scholars identify the cave as the famous "Diktaian Cave", where Zeus was born and brought up with the aid of Amaltheia and the Kouretes, and which is connected with myths as this of the seer Epimenides who "slept" here, or the coupling of Zeus with Europa.
at 19.6km (E) from Skotino Village
A new boutique hotel, on the north cost of the island of Crete that combines an elegant contemporary architectural style with the blue colors of the Mediterranean sea. Interior design based on natural colors and classic materials create a relaxing atmosphere while distinctive luxury and personalized service provide an absolute lodging experience.
at 20.1km (W) from Skotino Village
Just 3 km from Heraklion and only 10 metres from Amoudara sandy beach, Akti Corali Hotel features a large outdoor pool with sun beds and umbrellas. All rooms are air conditioned. The bright and airy rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sea and pool views. In-room media includes a 23-inch LCD TV, and direct dial telephone with free Wi-Fi access. Guests can relax by the poolside and enjoy refreshing drinks or a filling snack from the bar. A shallow pool for children is also available. Akti Corali Hotel is only 6 km from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport. Free parking is available at the hotel, and guests can hire vehicles through reception. Hotel Rooms: 32
at 20.4km (W) from Skotino Village
The Mareblue Resort is situated along a 9 km sandy beach in Ammoudara. Just 11 km from Heraklion Airport and 6 km from the city centre, it offers rooms with pool or sea views, and a buffet restaurant. A variety of elegant rooms with tasteful furnishings are on offer at the Mareblue Neptuno. All come with a tea/coffee maker. The all-inclusive Mareblue Neptuno Beach Resort offers a snack bar and pool bar offering wide range of snacks and drinks, operating almost all day long. Deck chairs and umbrellas by the pool and the beach are free of charge. The Mareblue offers a great range of activities and sports including table tennis, badminton, volley and aerobics. An entertainment area is situated near the pool bar, next to the swimming pool. The animation team provides a full day and evening programme for adults and children. Hotel Rooms: 111, Hotel Chain: Mareblue Hotels.
at 20.4km (W) from Skotino Village
The University Hospital of Heraklion (Pa.G.N.I.) is the largest hospital facility in Crete and one of the largest public hospitals in the country. The Pa.G.N.I. provides secondary and tertiary health care in a wide range of clinical specialties, diagnostic and laboratory tests. It is located 8km away from the city of Heraklion in the area of Stavrakia, next to the School of Medicine of the University of Crete Telephone: +30 2813 402111 & 2810 392111 Website: www.pagnh.gr/
at 20.5km (W) from Skotino Village
The University of Crete, is multi-disciplinary, research- oriented Institution, situated in the cities of Rethymnon and Heraklion. It is a University with a well-known reputation both nationally and internationally, with state-of-the art curricula and graduate programmes, considerable research activity and initiatives that reflect its dynamic character. It was established in 1973 and operated during the academic year 1977-1978. Today, approximately 10628 students attend the University. The University's staff consists of 580 Teaching and Research Staff members. Its' operation is supported by more than 400 administrative staff.
at 20.8km (W) from Skotino Village
The Hotel Australia is situated in the quiet seaside resort of Amoudara, Heraklion, Crete, just 300 meters from the 6 km-long sandy beach. A swimming pool with free sun beds to relax on are provided. Rooms at the family-run hotel offer balcony with views of the pool or the sea. Satellite TV is included. Guests can enjoy a snack from the bar or a hot or cold drink. Cold meals are available throughout the day. A games room, playground and Wi-Fi access will keep you entertained. Australia Hotel is about 6 Km away from Heraklion's International Airport and 5km from the main town Heraklion. Hotel Rooms: 28
at 21.1km (W) from Skotino Village
Creta Beach is 4-star resort hotel offering spacious accommodation and great facilities on the 9km white sandy beach of Ammoudara; Heraklion is 5km away. This busy hotel has a great selection of guest accommodation on offer. Choose between the standard guest rooms, all with sea-facing balconies or the pretty bungalows which are situated in the hotel’s gardens. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served buffet style each morning. The sea view restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and offers a great selection of Greek and international food. Leisure facilities at the hotel include a large swimming pool and sun-bathing area, tennis courts and beach volleyball. There is also evening entertainment. For children, there is a separate swimming pool area and a mini-club. The Creta Beach Hotel is well-positioned for exploring the surrounding area. There are many shops, tavernas and bars within walking distance. Hotel Rooms: 150
at 21.1km (E) from Skotino Village
At the side of the gorge of Selinari, at the 42 km. of the national road Iraklion - Agios Nikolaos is the small old chapel and the newly founded monastery of Agios Georgios Selinaris. In the monastery there is also a home for the aged founded in 1963. The small chapel was probably founded early in the 16th century AD, and ever since it is a place of worshiping. The people passing through the chapel stop to light a candle to the saint. The chapel is considered miraculous, there are various legends concerning miracles related either with healing of sick people or with divine punishment of people that did not pay the respect due to the saint.
at 21.3km (SW) from Skotino Village
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.