at 19.6km (NE) from Voila medieval settlement
At the northernmost edge of the eastern coast of Crete lie the ruins of a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 B.C.). At the same site, however, are preserved remains of the Early and Middle Minoan periods (3000-1550 B.C.), mostly cemeteries with well-built ossuaries, and ruins of spacious houses. The site ceased to be inhabited at the same time when Zakros was abandoned (1450 B.C.) but was reoccupied during the Late Minoan III period (1300-1200 B.C.). The city covered a total area of more than 50,000 sq.m., was densely inhabited but not fortified. To the NE of one of the city's sectors lies the sanctuary of Diktaian Zeus, which belonged administratively to the city of Itanos. Cult practice was continuous from the Geometric period (8th century B.C.) until the Roman conquest. It seems that the sanctuary was plundered and destroyed by fanatic Christians at the end of the 4th century A.D.
at 20.2km (NE) from Voila medieval settlement
Villa Amalia is nestled on Palekastro amidst olive groves. It features a courtyard with sun loungers and panoramic sea view. The family-run hotel offers self-contained rooms with private balcony. Each of the studios and apartments features a kitchenette and a private bathroom. Air conditioning is available at a charge. Guests can relax at the garden and enjoy the scenic view. There is free Wi-Fi access available here, and a barbeque is available for all guests to use. Villa Amalia is 21 km from Sitia, and 6 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The traditional village of Palekastro is just a 10-minute walk. Hotel Rooms: 4
at 21.2km (NW) from Voila medieval settlement
A small picturesque village by the sea characterized as a landscape of exquisite, natural beauty. With joyful and peaceful inhabitants who constantly tease each other. It is located in Crete, north of Lasithi prefecture, between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia, at equal distance (30-35km) from the three major cities(Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra). Ideal place for holiday or special weekends. You will enjoy the most colourful sunset and the most beautiful daybreak from any other place. The serenity of the morning open view, with the sun rising from the sea, will be unforgettable. The small island, opposite the village, with the small church of Agios Nikolaos, offers a unique beauty to the landscape.
at 23.6km (NE) from Voila medieval settlement
A palm tree forest stretching on a marvelous valley and sandy beach. It consists of self planted palm trees of Theophrastus (Phoenix Theophrasti). It is unique of its kind in Greece, Europe and probably the world. Vai because of its special value and beauty is protected by the Greek state, European Union and international contracts. The protected area covers 23.4 ha. The sandy beach of Vai is amongst the most beautiful in Crete and Greece and attracts thousands of visitors every year since Vai is a top destinations especially for the new comers. The small islets opposite the beach add a lot to the beauty of the place. There is a parking area, a tavern, a canteen, umbrellas and seabeds. There is regular public bus connection with the towns of Sitia and Palaikastro during the summer and many organised day trips by travel agencies. If you don't like crowds, you can walk a little to the south from Vai to Psili Ammos a lovely small beach with fine gold sand which is nested in a small cove.
at 26.4km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
Built on a hillside, Filoxenia Villa apartments offer panoramic views over the Lybian Sea and the picturesque Cretan mountains. Every apartment comprises of a living area, one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, one or two bathrooms and a large veranda with beautiful open sea and mountain views.
at 27.3km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
The ancient settlement of Vasilike is one of the first Minoan settlements with town-planning. It occupies the top and slopes of a low hill near the village Vasilike, in the vicinity of the Minoan settlement of Gournia. The first settlement dates back to the Early Minoan II period (2600-2300 B.C.) and owed its development not only to the strategic position, controlling the Isthmus of Hierapetra, but also to the neighbouring fertile plains. The central building of the settlement was destroyed by fire in around 2300 B.C.
at 27.7km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
The Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete (or INSTAP-SCEC) is a unique facility for archaeological research, especially in the area of Aegean Prehistory. The Center is committed to stimulating and facilitating publication in the broader field of Cretan studies, with a focus on archaeology and ethnology.
at 28.5km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
Gournia lies on a small hill, a few hundred metres from the sea in the Gulf of Mirabello, close to the north end of the Ierapetra isthmus ( 2 Km from Pachia Ammos village & 19 Km from Ag.Nikolaos). Gournia - the ancient name of which is not known - is the most characteristic of the excavated medium-size settlements, dated to the period of the peak of the Minoan culture (Late Minoan I period: 1550-1450 B.C.). It is called "Pompeii of Minoan Crete" because of the good state of preservation. It occupies a low hill, close to the sea, at the Isthmus of Ierapetra.
at 29.7km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
5th June.- The GPS certainly gave me confidence whenever I came to junctions and occasionally the fairies who put up the E4 signs reassured me as well. If ever there was a “walk of the gods” it is here, as it contours round under Chalasmeni Korfi at over 1,000 metres and becomes steadily greener and more wooded. Distance:38.5 km Time: 11.5 hrs. Mov av 4.7 km/hr Height overnight: 887m.(max 1,100m.)
at 32.7km (W) from Voila medieval settlement
Two separate villas with fully furnished apartments and maisonettes. Between the two Villas and in the garden amongst the trees, plants and flowers there are a pavilion sitting area, a swimming pool, a baby pool, a spa pool, and a sauna. There is also a BBQ area with a traditional oven for use by guests. There is plenty of car parking on the grounds of the villas.