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Hotel%20Akteon
Hotel Akteon
Agia Galini, South Rethimno
at 12.7km (NW)
Hotel Akteon offers well appointed guestrooms. All rooms share a veranda looking out to the Libyan Sea and the picturesque port. Each features private bathroom and is equipped with wireless internet access. The distance from hotel Akteon to the beautiful Agia Galini' s sandy beach is less than 200 metres, a 3-minute walk away.
Agia Galini’s narrow cobbled alleys are snaking from the port into the village and old houses are perched one above another against a steep cliff, offering a magnificent view over the Libyan Sea.
Hotel Rooms: 9
Hotel Facilities
General: Express Check-In/Check-Out, Heating, Luggage Storage, Airconditioning
Services: Car Hire, Fax/Photocopying
Internet: Free! Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge.
Parking:Free! Free public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).


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Palazzo Greco
Agia Galini, South Rethimno
at 12.8km (NW)
Palazzo Greco offers elegant rooms with the charm of a boutique hotel. Its hillside location boasts stunning views of Mediterranean Sea and Mountain of Ideon. It is located in Agia Galini, on the south coast of Crete.
All Palazzo Greco rooms are equipped with power showers, air conditioning and satellite TV. Rooms are painted in light green, light blue and light red, for you to choose the one that best suits your mood. Most rooms have a sea view.
Focal point of the Palazzo, is the large outdoor pool with breathtaking panoramic view. In the hotel area you will also find a breakfast room, café-bar, a Satellite TV room. Guests are provided with free private parking and free Wi-Fi internet access.
Walking distance from the beach, this 4-star hotel is located a 1-hour drive from Heraklion International Airport. Opposite of the hotel, is a free car parking for all Palazzo Greco customers.
Filled with history, the island also offers many archaeological sites, such as Gortys and Kommos. In town, on the other hand, you will have the chance to find excellent restaurants and bars.Hotel Rooms: 28


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Moires town
Messara plain, South - East Iraklion
at 12.9km (NE)
The administrative center of the Messara Valley. Moires (GR: Μοίρες) is the biggest town in the Messara Valley with a population of approximately 5000 people. It has a police station, magistrate's court,post office, public PTT office, health center, and offices of most Greek major banks.

Neos%20Ikaros
Neos Ikaros
Agia Galini, South Rethimno
at 13.1km (NW)
On the edge of Agia Galini, this family run hotel is built amphitheatrically on a slope, covering an area of 6,000 acres. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a garden with playground.
The 29 comfortable rooms of Neos Ikaros have bathroom and shower large balconies which view Agia Galini and the sea. All rooms have air conditioning, fridge, telephone and cable TV.
Breakfast is served in the dining room or on the roof garden. The snack bar located next to the pool serves drinks and local delicacies.
The hotel New Ikaros is built at the end of the village, only 200 meters from the centre and 300 metres from the sea. Guests have access to car/motorbike rentals and entertainment venues.
Hotel Rooms: 29

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Paximadia islands
Messara Bay, Iraklion
at 13.6km (W)
Two small dry and uninhabited islets off the bay of Messara, ~7.5 naut. miles to the west of Matala. Due to their close proximity to one another the two islands appear as one from a distance. They are also called "elephantaki" as from north they look like a baby elephant that is lying down. In mythology it is believed that the goddess Lito gave birth to the god Apollon and the goddess Artemis on these islands. In antiquity they were called Dionissioi after the god Dionissos.
During the summertime there are small cruising boats that bring tourists here from Agia Galini and Kokkinos Pyrgos. There is only a small beach with fine pebble and rich seabed at the south side of the easternmost islet.

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Galia village
Messara, Iraklion South
at 14.2km (NE)
Gallia is one of the oldest villages of the area. It is mentioned as a location in the Venetian records as early as 1577, and as a village with 120 residents since 1583. The renaissance tower in the village (still imposing although rundown) and the water fountains in the Kapeloniana area are proof of the passing of the Venetians. Part of the village, called Monohoro, is mentioned as early as 800 A.D.

Lenikos%20Resort
Lenikos Resort
Agia Galini, South Rethimno
at 14.4km (NW)
At the top of Agia Galini, in an enchanting, verdurous location, an idyllic setting of 10,000 square meters, among olive trees and gardens of unique flowers, scents and colors, the touristic resort LENIKOS offers the nature lover, moments of serenity, relaxation, rest and casualness all year round, providing all comforts and facilities for your holidays.
The resort consists of residences, guesthouses and luxurious maisonettes. It is an ideal accommodation solution for groups of up to 6 people -winter or summer- offering all comforts and facilities for your holidays.
The 8,000-m² surrounding area extends on many different levels, with verandas, flowerbeds, gardens and yards. There is an outdoor playground near the swimming pool area.
Lenikos is 61 km southeast of Rethymnon and 68 km southwest of Heraklion. Free private parking is provided.

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Vreli (Agios Antonios) village
Mires, Messara Valley
at 15.1km (NE)
It is located north of Mires close to a small gorge, with springs and covered with trees. There are many churches in the village the most important one being the church of Agios Nikolaos, a domed church dated to the 13th century. The walls of the temple are hand painted with biblical scenes and pictures of saints

Dyskos
Dyskos
Iraklion South
at 16.4km (SE)
A long beach west of Lendas on the south shores of Iraklion. The name is probably a corruption of Dysikos (GR: Δυσικός) which is the one to the west. There is a small settlement with taverns and accommodation complexes, mostly rooms and apartments for rent. Dyskos used to be popular with nudists and nature lovers in the past and even in present days nudism is tolerated in the western part of the beach. The beach has small pebbles and sand. Those who chose Dyskos for their holidays will have, among other things, the chance to explore the area by small walking tours and enjoy the magnificent sunset.

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Levin Apartments
Lentas, South Iraklion
at 17.1km (SE)
With 2 complexes only a few metres away from each other, Levin Apartments offer sunny and spacious accommodation. Most have balconies or verandas with beautiful views of the Libyan Sea. Levin Apartments combine high quality services with the perfect harmony of the nature. Here you will find a place of tranquillity and relaxation.
Levin consists of studios and apartments. They are located just a few metres from the beach and are surrounded by gardens with jasmines and night flowers.
Accommodation comes with a refrigerator, a cooker, air conditioning and en suite facilities.
Apartments: 14

Lendas
Lendas
Iraklion South
at 17.2km (SE)
Léndas or Léntas (GR: Λέντας), positioned almost in the centre of Cretes' south coast, clusters around a pretty bay that's dominated by an enormous rock resembling a lion's head that juts into the sea on one side of the resort. The village offers most facilities you might need during your stay; a choice of tavernas, three or four directly on the beach, two or three bars, mini-markets and even an Internet café. There is a sand/shingle beach and the sea is crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling.

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Ancient Levin
Lentas, South Iraklion
at 17.2km (SE)
The first habitation of the site dates from the Neolithic and Early Minoan period (3rd millenium B.C.). In the late Classical period (beginning of the 4th century B.C.) the Gortynians established the sanctuary of Asklepios at the harbour. During the tremendous earthquake of 46 B.C. the city was destroyed and subsequently rebuilt. In the Early Christian and Byzantine periods, a small settlement developed and the basilica was erected. The most important monuments of the site are:
The Temple of Asklepios., the "Treasury"., the Fountain, a large, three-aisled basilica, an Early Minoan settlement (2600-2000 B.C.), the West Stoa, the North Stoa, the Nymphaion and two large, mud-brick cisterns.

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Apodoulou village
Amari, Rethymnon
at 18.1km (N)
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

Mitropoli
Mitropoli
Village in Messara plain
at 18.8km (E)
Mitropoli (GR: Μητρόπολη) is a small village in the archaeological site of Gortyna in Messara plain. The village is mentioned for the first time in the Ducal archives of Candia in 1368 and later in the census of 1577 by Fr. Barozzi and in 1583 by Castrofylaka.
Early mention of the settlement is to document the Ducal Archive of Candia in 1368, also mentioned by Fr. Barozzi in 1577 with the name and the Mitropoli Kastrofilakas in 1583. According to the census of 2001 it has 382 inhabitants.
Main occupations of the inhabitants is the cultivation of vines, olives, vegetables, cereals and citrus fruits. At its north borders are located the ruins of the first cathedral of St. Titus, in which it owes its name.(Mitropoli = Cathedral).

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Great Basilica
Gortyn archaeological site
at 19.2km (E)
This unique monument has been excavated in the last thirty years. It is located on the road between the Saint Titos Church and the village Mitropolis. It is the largest early Byzantine basilica in Crete and among the largest in whole Greece. In early Byzantine period it was the cathedral of the city. The first five-aisled basilica was erected here in the early 6th c., in the years of the Emperor Justinian and stood for about 70 years. The central aisle had a mosaic pavement decorated in geometric patterns and animals. It is believed that there were mosaics of stone and glass tesserae on the walls, too. The other aisle had pavements of limestone slabs. The columns were made of white and gray white marble. Of great importance is the pulpit, which resembles that of Saint Sophia in Constantinople. It was a high exedra on low columns and two stairs for ascent and decent. The choirs stood under the exedra. After the destruction of the first basilica in 620 AD, a new basilica was built over its ruins in the time of the Emperor Heraclios. This basilica, following the fortune of the whole city, was destroyed after the strong earthquake of 670 AD.

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Varsamonero monastery
Voriza, South - West Iraklion
at 19.3km (NE)
Close historical bonds link this monastery to that of Vrontisiou. The Varsamonerou Monastery lies in the surrounding fields of the village Voriza, 54.5 kms from Heraklion. The monastery is abandoned and, though its cells have been destroyed, its church has some of the most remarkable wall paintings in Crete.

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Great North Theatre
Gortyn archaeological site
at 19.3km (NE)
The oldest theater of Gortyna was on the south slope of the Profitis Ilias hill (Acropolis), opposite to the Odeum. Its cavea was partly cut into the rock and partly built. Its scene was built at the west side of the large court of the Agora, which covered the river Lethaios with a flat bridge. This scene, which H. Belli saw in the 16th c AD, was 120 m long and was already destroyed in 19th c. AD.
On the proscenium there was an inscription of Julia Augusta and it was decorated with statues and relies, among which there was the statue of Europe on the Bull, with broken legs and head.This statue, as described by Admiral Spratt, is now kept in the British Museum and is dated to the 2nd c BC.

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Gortyn Ancient town
Messara, Iraklion South
at 19.4km (NE)
Located in the valley of Messara, Gortys or Gortyn (GR: Γόρτυς or Γόρτυνα) is a must visit for all visitors to Crete. It was inhabited during Bronze Age times, but its rise to glory came almost a millennium after the downfall of the 'Minoans'. Gortyn was a prosperous city from around the middle of the 5th century BC through to the early 9th century AD, when it was finally destroyed by the Saracens (824AD), never to be rebuilt.

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Roman Odeum
Gortyn archaeological site
at 19.4km (NE)
The Roman Odeum at Gortyn is considered one of the best and the most important of its type on Crete. Is has been founded at the North part of the Ancient Agora of the City. This semicircular building consists of three main parts:
a. The Cavea, connected with a domed corridor through three wide staircases;
b. the Orchestra, which has an internal diameter 8,5 m. and was paved with white and blue marble slabs;
c. The Scene, which had two entrances and the paraskenion, with mosaic pavement in geometric pattern. Statues of Muses stood in the niches. Initially the building was a circular Ekklesiasterion founded in the 5th c. BC. In the portico of this public building the Great Inscription with the Law Code of Gortyn dated to the early 5th c., stood. It was destroyed twice: in the 1st century BC, and again in 46 AD. After this last destruction it was reconstructed as an Odeum.
The great Inscription is considered to be the largest Greek inscription, the Queen of all Inscriptions. Its first fragments were found by the French travelers and were bought by the Louvre Museum. The most part of the Inscription was found accidentally by local farmers in 1884 and was further explored F. Halbherr.
It is a Law Code inscribed in the boustrophedon system of writing. It dates in the 1st half of the 5th c. BC and is the oldest Greek and European Law Code. It consists of twelve Deltoi and was built in the Ekklesiasterion of the 5th c BC. In this Code older laws, regarding the personal and family rights of the citizens of Gortyn, were codified.

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The plane tree of Zeus and Europa
Gortyn archaeological site
at 19.4km (NE)
According to the myth, Zeus, disguised as a bull, coupled with Europe, whom he had brought from Phoenicia, under a deep- shaded plane tree on the banks of the Lethaios River. The offspring of this union were three sons, Minos, Sarpidon and Radamanthis. Later, the oldest Agora of the city of Gortyn, the Ekklesisterion (Congress hall), and the Roman Odeum were founded on this site. The plane tree was blessed and has remained ever green since that time. As his place of birth, the city was founded by King Minos himelf.
According to the myth, it was on the fields of Gortyn that the bull given as a gift to Minos by Poseidon coupled with the Queen Pasiphae and out of this union Minotaur was born.

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