at 5.4km (W) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
Aptera Beach hotel is situated right on the beach of Amoudara, yet not far from the shops and nightlife, in the west coast of Heraklio. All rooms have balcony with a view to the sea, bathroom, telephone, and an electric fan. In addition, a satellite TV, safe and a fridge can also be provided with an extra cost. Guests with laptops may make advantage of the free wireless internet access that is available in public areas of the hotel. Also available are other facilities, including the hotel’s restaurant, bar and snack bar. On the beach there are parasols and sun beds. Hotel Rooms: 20
at 5.4km (S) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
The south-east house belongs to the New Palace period (1700-1450 B.C.). It was well built and decorated with wall-paintings of lillies. It had a pier-and-door partition, a pillar room and storage rooms. A little behind it are other houses of the Old Palace period (1900-1700 B.C.) such as the house of the "Sacrificed Oxen", named after the remains of a sacrifice found there (horns of a bull and a tripod table of offerings) and the "House of the Fallen Blocks", after the blocks that had fallen from the facade of the palace due to an earthquake. Next to "South-East House" there are houses of the Old Palace period (1900-1700 B.C.), such as that of the "Monolithic Pillars" in front of the steps. Under the small roof is a Minoan, possibly smelting kiln.
at 5.6km (S) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
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.
The University of Crete is developed in two cities and three campuses:
At Rethymnon Faculties operate in the recently constructed University Campus, located in the area of Gallos. The buildings cover an area of approximately 30,000 square meters.
At Heraklion the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Departments of Physics and Biology operate in the recently constructed facilities in Voutes, in an area of 49,000 square meters (Voutes Campus). The remaining Departments and the administrative offices operate at Knossos, in prefabricated facilities (27,0000 square meters). The gradual relocation in the Voutes University Campus will be completed within the next four years.
Knossou Ave.,71409 Heraklion,Crete, Greece, P.O. Box 2208 Tel.+30.2810.393.210 University Campus,74 100 Rethymnon,Crete,Greece,Tel. +30.28310.77900
at 5.7km (SW) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
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 5.8km (W) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
Located 40 metres from the beach of Ammoudara in Crete, Antonis Rooms features self-catered accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony. Breakfast is served in the garden’s dining area or in the rooms. Rooms are equipped with a TV and air conditioning and overlook the garden or the Cretan Sea. Each has a kitchenette with a fridge and a microwave oven. All units have a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Coffee and drinks are served at the bar and there are BBQ facilities in the courtyard. The centre of Heraklion is within 4 km from the Antonis. Shops, Cretan taverns and cafés are just 300 metres away. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on the ancient site of Knossos at 9 km. Free private parking is possible on site. Hotel Rooms: 20
at 6.1km (E) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
This 2 km long sandy beach was for years and still is the favorite beach of the people of Heraklion town. It is named after the river "Karteros" which outflows at the west end of it near the airport. The water is clean, the seabed is sandy with smoothly shelving and swimming is safe. The access is free in most parts except for some areas that are reserved for military personnel and the municipal beach "Akti" where visitors should pay an entrance fee in order to use the facilities. At the east end there are some very good taverns offering fresh fish among their specialties and are very popular with locals and tourists alike.
at 6.5km (S) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is one of the largest research centers of Greece with well - organised facilities and a highly qualified staff. It functions under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Development and consists of seven Research Institutes, which are located in various regions of Greece: Heraklion, Rethymno, Patras and Ioannina. The Foundation’s headquarters, as well as the Central Administration offices are located in Heraklion, Crete. The research and technological focus of the foundation is centered around areas of great scientific, social, and economic interest, such as: Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Laser, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Robotics, Biotechnology, Materials, Medical Engineering, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering and Historical Studies. The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), with its high quality research results as well as its valuable socioeconomic contribution, makes it one of the top research centers internationally. Tel: +3081 391500 Institutes:
at 7.2km (E) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
At Amnissos, 6km east of Iraklion city, by the sea. The taverna offers Cretan traditional specialties, fresh fish and sea food. Home made sweets and ice cream. Very popular both with tourists and the locals.
at 9.2km (S) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
Anemóspilia (GR: Aνεμόσπηλια). A rectangular building with three narrow chambers, each opening into a long corridor to the north, which extends along the whole width of the building. The area is enclosed with a stone wall and the whole structure has been interpreted as a shrine; in the central room was found a "xoanon" (statue) of the deity worshiped here. In the west room, where the altar stood, was uncovered, according to the excavator, the first human sacrifice to have ever taken place in Minoan times. The building at Anemospelia was used for only half a century, as it was suddenly destroyed by an earthquake in the middle of the 17th century B.C. The site was excavated in the summer of 1979 by John Sakellarakis. Aerial View Drawing
at 10.6km (S) from Agia Ekaterini church and Exhibition
Excavations at Phourni have brought to light 26 buildings, most of which had funerary use. The cemetery was used from 2400 B.C. until 1200 B.C. and each complex had more than one architectural phase. Most of the funerary buildings were used for many decades and contain successive burials. Excavations were begun in 1964 by Efi and John Sakellarakis and have been continued until today (1995) with short interruptions. Most of the buildings are preserved in good condition.