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Lychnostatis Folklore Museum
Hersonissos, Iraklion, Crete
at 0km (N)
The Cretan Open-air Museum 'Lychnostatis' aims to promote the understanding and awareness of the Cretan folk cultural heritage. Its scope lies on the Cretan Folk Tradition and Ethnology, the Cretan Nature and Environment and the Cretan Folk Culture. Located in Hersonissos, one of the principal tourist areas in Crete, the museum is, apart from a valuable tourist asset, an exemplary self - motivated conduct on tradition, culture and environment of the island.
Plaka, 70014 Hersonissos
at 0.2km (SE)
Located right on the beach with stunning views of the Cretan Sea, Romantica Beach in Hersonissos, is 700 metres from the Star Beach Water Park. The hotel provides deck loungers for your use. The Romantica Beach consists of spacious en suite apartments, maisonettes and villas with private kitchens and balconies with a lovely sea view. Air conditioning units are also available upon request, and paid locally.
The Romantica Beach has an outdoor swimming pool with lovely views of the sea. Other amenities include complimentary parking and wireless internet access.
Hotel Rooms: 10
at 0.2km (W)
Pleiades is a beachfront hotel situated 30 metres from the sandy beach and 10 metres from the Star Beach Water Park. It offers self-catering accommodation with front sea-view balconies. Pleiades Apartments offers spacious, air-conditioned apartments with kitchen facilities, en suite bathrooms and satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi is available in some rooms. Free on-site parking is offered to all guests.
The Apartments Pleiades is 28 km east of the Heraklion Airport. Vivid Hersonisos is within walking distance. Within 100 metres guests will find the bus stop and mini markets.
Hotel Rooms: 18
at 1km (SE)
ideally situated between Crete’s most popular holiday resorts Chersonisos & Stalis. The hotel consists of a traditional building completely renovated in 2004 and a modern main building built in 2003. Offers all inclusive accommodation in 2-room apartments and spacey rooms. Pools, bars, spa, sports...
Aquis Blue Sea Village Resort & Spa
at 1.8km (SE)
Offering 2 restaurants and a spa with indoor pool, this 5-star beachfront resort is located in the famous resort of Stalis. Rooms have furnished balconies with views of the sea or the hotel’s exotic gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with free wired internet, a satellite TV and a fridge. All guests are greeted with complimentary bottle of wine, fruit and water.
at 1.9km (NW)
Centrally located in Hersonissos Town, the Flisvos Beach Hotel is right on the beach with unlimited views of the sea and harbour. This hotel is perfect for a budget-friendly beach holiday. The basic, clean and comfortable rooms of the Flisvos Beach Hotel are located just steps from the centre and the harbor. All rooms come with air conditioning, a fridge and a view to the sea.
A Continental breakfast is served daily. The restaurant is nicely located on the beach. Various traditional restaurants, mini market and shops are easily found in the area.
Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the hotel. The 24-hour reception can provide information regarding car rentals and currency exchange. Heraklion Airport is 25 km away.
Hotel Rooms: 61
at 1.9km (SE)
Athena Apartments, located in the heart of Stalis, a stone's throw from the sandy beach of Stalis, offer modern accommodation services with free WiFi internet connection. Built in modern architecture, Athena Apartments consist of 20 airy and bright apartments, all with air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom and large balcony with a sublime view.
Athena Apartments features a swimming pool with free sun beds and umbrellas and pool bar. Other features include billiards, BBQ, snack-bar, and satellite TV.
Stalis, 3 kilometres after Hersonissos and 3 kilometres before Malia, not only has a beautiful sandy beach with water sports facilities including water ski, jet ski and canoeing, but is also home to dozens of restaurants, supermarkets, shops and bars.
Hotel Rooms: 20
Pediada, North - East Iraklion
at 2.1km (NW)
The most popular tourist resort in Crete. Nice beaches, sights and facilities for all tastes and ages. Together with Malia, are the party places for young visitors. Close to Hersonissos there are three small traditional village, those of Piskopiano, Koutouloufari and Old Hersonissos.
94 Eirinis Street, 70007 Stalís
at 2.2km (SE)
Memories Apartments are located walking distance from the sea and the lively centre of Stalis. The complex features a swimming pool and free public Wi-Fi. Rooms at Memories Apartments are modern with sea, pool or mountain views. All accommodations are en suite with kitchenette facilities, air conditioning and a balcony or patio.
The pool area offers a deck with loungers and umbrellas. Breakfast, snacks and drinks are served at the pool bar. Greek nights are frequently organised here.Hotel Rooms: 14
La Luna Apartments
at 3km (SE)
Situated in the village of Stalida, 350 metres from the beach, La Luna offers spacious self-catering accommodation. It has a swimming pool and a pool bar, and provides free private parking. La Luna Apartments are bright and airy, and feature large balconies. They include a kitchenette with refrigerator and they have a dining area. A private bathroom with shower is standard in all rooms.
Guests can relax at the sun terrace by the swimming pool or have a drink at the pool bar. La Luna hotel also offers free wired Internet in its public areas.
Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 30 km away from La Luna Apartments. The resort of Malia, offering many nightlife options, is within 3 km.
Hotel Rooms: 21
Creta Maris Beach Resort
at 3km (NW)
Creta Maris, a small village with quaint twisting paths, small piazzas filled with the scents and colors of a wide variety of trees and flowers, is a unique combination of Aegean Architecture, Cretan hospitality, green oriented environment, and high quality All Inclusive services. At Creta Maris, the choices for fun, entertainment, sport activities, but also relaxation, exercising and beauty are endless.
Overlooking the beach, the all-inclusive Creta Maris Beach Resort combines Cretan cuisine with a green philosophy. There are 3 outdoor pools, a 4-alley bowling centre, water sport centre and 3 floodlit tennis courts on site.
The Crete Golf Club
at 5km (SW)
18 holes in a desert course design. Each hole individually sculptured, seamlessly blending into the existing landscape...The new Bob Hunt masterpiece (head of design at the PGA Golf Management Ltd of Great Britain), is best described as a desert golf course hewn out of rolling landscape little more than half an hour from the international airport of Heraklion. It boasts a series of memorable holes that will test every aspect of a golfer's repertoire and offers stunning views over mountainous landscape that has hardly changed since the Minoan era back in 2600 to 1100 BC.
Pediada, North - East Iraklion
at 5.2km (SE)
The famous tourist resort with all types of accommodations. Great beaches and a lively party atmosphere particularly in August. Becomes pretty quiet and peaceful during the rest of the season and there is a nice and picturesque part of the old village that preserves the traditional character. Malia has also a significant agricultural production and is famous for its bananas, potatoes and bottled water.
Kalo Horio Village
at 7.1km (SW)
At a height of 320 m above sea-level, Kalo Chorio (GR: Καλό Χωριό) λιεσ 25.7 kms. from Heraklion, to the right at the cross-roads at km 16.7 on the National Road to Agios Nikolaos and on the road to Gouves- Koxare- Kalo Chorio.
The present name does not figure in old Venetian documents, though there is a reference in the 1367 Duke’s archives of Chandax to a Kalo Horio, without however naming the district. The villagers maintain that the village was called Stravorina in the old days, and indeed there is a reference by Barozzi in 1577 to a village Stravorina in the district of Pediados. In the 1583 Register, the village Stravorina is mentioned as having 76 inhabitants and in the Turkish census of 1671 Istavrine is quoted as having 21 "charatsa" (A Turkish word referring to a tax paid by the head of each family; hence 21 families). However, Chourmouzis Vizantios in 1842 mentions Kalo Chorio, the present name was therefore given in the decade 1830-1840. The village counted 298 inhabitants in 1981 which is also the current population.
The Maza hill-top, south-east of the village, is 457 metres high. According to archaeologists (among them the famous N. Platon) and on the basis of recent finds, the name Maza comes from pre-Hellenic years and means Mother Earth. The pile of stones on the hill was, according to N.Platon, a town from the 10th to the 8th c. BC. The highest part was undoubtedly used as a shrine in Middle-Minoan years, and clay figurines and offerings were found there. The shrine lay quite close to the town. The shrine stopped being used in Proto-Geometric years.
Northeast of the village, by the country road that leads from Kasteli to Hersonissos, traces of ancient installations have also been found along with remnants of water tanks by a source that is still in use today. These water tanks, probably belonged to Hersonissos aqueduct, parts of which are still visible today in Aposelemi valley.
There is as well an interesting gorge close to Kalo Chorio, in the valley of Aposselemis river, worth seeing for nature lovers.
Stella Village Hotel ****
at 7.3km (NW)
20km east of Iraklion near Hersonissos, by the beach of Analipsi the hotel offers 200 traditional spacious comfortable rooms, surrounding by beautiful gardens, in several 2- storey buildings with air condition, TV SAT , fridge, telephone, radio,... Also 3 swimming pools, restaurant, bar, mini market, playgrounds, kids club... Elia Restaurant prepares Mediterranean and international cuisine. Coffee, refreshments and drinks are provided at the 2 pool bars that in the evening also play music.
Malia Minoan Palace
Archaeological site in Malia, Iraklion
at 7.5km (E)
The Palace of Malia, which covered an area of 7,500 sq.m. , was the third- largest of the Minoan Palaces and is considered the most "provincial" from the architectural point of view. The first Palace was built in 1900 BC and destroyed in 1700 BC when a new Palace was built. Following the fate of the other palaces in Crete it was also destroyed in 1450 BC. and the present ruins are mainly those of the new palace.
at 8.8km (W)
Modern hotel located in the resort of Kato Gouves in the Heraklion region. Marie Κelly Apartments features an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers. Each with a kitchenette with fridge, kettle and toaster, the bright studios and apartments open onto balconies with views of the pool and garden. Air conditioning and laundry service are available upon request and at a charge.
The pool bar is open all day and serves drinks, as well as snacks. Leisure facilities at the Marie Kelly include pool tables, satellite TV and internet facilities.
Gouves’ commercial centre is a 10-minute walk. Heraklion, with its long sandy Blue Flag beach, cafes, taverns and restaurants, is 20 km away.
Free private parking is possible on site.
Hotel Rooms: 30
Gouves (Pano) Village
at 8.8km (W)
Pano Gouves (GR: Πάνω Γούβες) is a village of the district of Pediada in the prefecture of Iraklion at a height of 100 metres above sea-level. It lies twenty kms away from Iraklion, to the right at 17.3 kms on the National Road to Aghios Nikolaos. The village is built on the western flanks of the Ederi hill (322 m.). The name comes from "edera" which means ivy and symbolises affection.
The name Gouves, on the other hand, comes from Gouva and means a hollow in the earth. It also means, in Crete, a hole in which during the middle ages, people stored their wheat.
The earliest reference we have of the village is that of "Guves" in 1387 documents of the Duke’s archives in Chandax. Later on, in 1577, Fr. Barozzi mentions "Guvos" in the district of Pediados, and then "Guves" in the 1583 Register, with 252 inhabitants. Finally, in 1630, Vassilikata refers to "Vuves’.
This is the birthplace of the poet Ioannis Konstantinidis.
There are several outstanding churches in the village, among them: Zoodochos Pigis, Aghios Giorgos, Aghios Ioannis and Panayia (dedicated to the birth of Our Lady).
Lagou traditional village
at 9.1km (SW)
To the east of Smari, at 400 m above sea level, with 99 inhabitants, Lagou (GR: Λαγού) is first mentioned in the Turkish census of 1671 with 4 haratsia (head tax).
The journey to the village is charming getting you through areas of impressive wild landscape, and the typical old stone houses of Lagou, through the combined efforts of the members of the cultural centre, are being restored to their original traditional form so as to get the well deserved honour of being considered a protected traditional settlement.
Alexandros Hotel Apartments
at 9.3km (E)
300 m far from the beach and 700 m far from the village center. 38 apartments with view to the sea, mountain or to the swimming pool fully equipped with kitchenettes, fridge, air condition, hairdryer, telephone and furniture for the balcony. Room service, bar, restaurant, games, internet, sauna....
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