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Nikos Xylouris (1936 - 1980)
Cretan Singer and lyra player from Anogeia
at 35km (N)
Nikos Xylouris (Greek: Νίκος Ξυλούρης, 7 July 1936 - 8 February 1980), nicknamed Psaronikos (Greek: Ψαρονίκος, "Grey Nick"), was a Greek composer lyra (Cretan lyre) player and singer from the town of Anogeia. He was part of the movement that brought down the Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete.
at 35.1km (N)
Anogia is a mountain town with 2500 permanent residents and is 55 km away from Rethymnon and 36 km from Iraklion. The name Anogia, means "high place - Ano Gi", is connected with the location that is built, in altitude of 700 m. Hospitable and pleasant residents have to tell a lot of old stories that have marked the tradition and the culture of the village. Anogia is a well-known village historically for its resident's resistance to the conquerors, Turkish and Germans.
at 35.3km (NE)
Pyrgou lies 20 km from Iraklion and 1km from Agios Myron at 400m a.s.l with 354 inhabitants. It is built on a hillside overlooking the area, with panoramic view to the village of Kroussonas and the ravine of "Agia Irini".
At the village's perimeter there are well maintained tower-like houses.
Ammoudi, Plakias, South Rethymnon
at 35.7km (NW)
Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the Libyan Sea, Ammoudi Hotel offers self-catering accommodation complimented with public Wi-Fi at the picturesque village of Lefkogia. It is located in an area that offers a wealth of culture and history, less than 5 km from the lively fishing village of Plakias and 27 km south of Rethymno.
Ammoudi Hotel studios and apartments are air-conditioned and have fully equipped kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is served at the hotel's restaurant with beautiful views of the sea and gardens.
Hotel Rooms: 20
Agios Vassilios, South Rethymnon
at 36.5km (NW)
One of the nicest sandy beaches of Crete Damnoni is around 6km to the east of Plakias. There are some facilities like umbrellas, sun beds and sea sports and a couple of taverns for drinks and food. Accommodation is also available. Within walking distance to the east there are two smaller beaches nested in small coves. A little farther is the beach of Shinaria which is very popular with the divers.
Damnoni, Plakias, South Rethymnon
at 36.6km (NW)
Akti Damnoni is just 20 metres from the beautiful sandy beach at Damnoni. It features a sea-view terrace and a restaurant serving traditional Cretan Cuisine. The welcoming rooms at Akti Damnoni are air-conditioned and spacious and include a fridge and coffee maker. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Guests can find handmade local embroidery, as well as silverware at the on-site shop. Free parking is also available on site.
The beautiful sandy beach of Damnoni is at a distance of 33 kilometres from Rethymnon at the south, between Preveli and Plakias.
Hotel Rooms: 6
Damnoni, Plakias, South Rethymnon
at 36.7km (NW)
The family-run Mythos Apartments is 50 metres from the beach of Damnoni. It offers self-catering rooms with furnished balcony, and an all-day restaurant with sea views. The air-conditioned units have a dining table and a sofa. Kitchenette equipment includes a fridge, sandwich maker, coffee maker and kettle. A hairdryer and a satellite TV are also provided.
The beaches of Plakias, Souda and Preveli are reached within a 5-minute drive. Mythos Apartments is 1 km from Plakias centre and 30 km from the port of Rethymnon.
Guests can prepare their own meals, or take their breakfast, lunch or dinner at the hotel’s seaside restaurant, while enjoying the view of the sea.
Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Mythos guests benefit from special rates on car rental service, and free parking is available on site.
Hotel Rooms: 10
Agios Myron town
at 36.8km (NE)
Agios Myron, with 708 inhabitants, lies 18 km from the city of Iraklion to the south west. Its one of the most important villages of the area with interesting town planning and impressive samples of traditional architecture. Built between two hills it commands a panoramic view and the school's clock, its main characteristic, is visible from almost everywhere in the area of Malevizi.
at 36.9km (N)
The Monastery of Arkádi (GR:Αρκάδι) built during the last Venetian period, it consists of a large set of fortress-like buildings. The main building included the cells, the warehouses where the agricultural products were treated and stored, the stables. In a word, it was a well-equipped little fortress where people could find refuge in times of trouble. There is an impressive church, with two naves dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen, and to Our Lord. Due to the holocaust it suffered in 1866, Arkadi has become the island's most famous monastery.
at 37.4km (N)
The " Museum of ancient Eleutherna - Homer in Crete" , was created to accommodate the results of the excavations carried out for thirty years in the ancient city of Eleutherna (Eleftherna GR: Ελεύθερνα). It is a modern building approximately 1,800 sq.m. which together with the surrounding area occupies 3 acres and remotely resembles ark that emerges from the earth, gazing Ida (Psiloritis).
Oasis Apartments and Rooms
at 37.6km (NW)
Our small hotel consists of twin rooms, double rooms or self catering apartments. All rooms have private facilities and balcony with picturesque mountain views. Set in spacious gardens OASIS boasts its own swimming pool and the taverna - bar sells a wide variety of cuisine. -A Holiday You'll Want To Cherish.
at 37.7km (NW)
Ikaros Studios is built within an 8,000-square-metre olive grove in the Cretan village of Plakias. The complex has a Mediterranean gardens with sun beds and a play area for children.
The self-catered studios and apartments Ikaros are air-conditioned. Free in-room Wi-Fi is available, and rooms come with a TV and a well equipped kitchenette with fridge.
Nearby beaches include Plakias at 700 metres, Damnoni at 1.2 km and Amoudi at 2 km. A shaded parking area is available on site.
Staff are always willing to offer you a raki and help you with information about the area. Your two-way transfer to the airport and assistance with car rentals can also be arranged.
Hotel Rooms: 10
at 37.8km (NE)
Pentamódi (GR: Πενταμόδι)one of the oldest villages in Crete, is located in the valley of Gazanos river, 17km from Iraklion and 4km from Agios Myron at 350m a.s.l with 278 inhabitants.
At "Agia Paraskevi" a place with rich vegetation are organized every summer a series of cultural festivals.
A fountain of the 15th century with the blazon of the house of "Quirini" is one of the significant monuments of the area.
The patron Saint is "Agios Nikolaos" and there is a village feast on the 26th July in his honour.
Plakias Bay Hotel
at 37.9km (NW)
At the eastern end of the bay of Plakias. Surrounded by an oasis of peace and tranquility, the Plakias Bay Hotel enjoys a unique position directly on the bay of Plakias, within walking distance of the sea resort's main attractions and activities, a number of restaurants, shops and typical tavernas. This family run Crete hotel offers a friendly environment and a warm hospitality that will make your stay in Greece a very pleasant one. Plakias Bay Hotel offers welcoming double, triple and family rooms.
E4 Trail: 09. Kiparisos to Rouvas
by Richard Ellis
at 38km (NE)
10th June- I packed up the tent early after a noisy night of competing dogs and was on the road by 0615. After 3 or 4 kilometres on a mix of dirt roads and tarmac roads, I managed to find the concrete road which is the official E4 (marked with paint on a concrete watertank) up from Pirgos and a couple of hours later I was in Venerato having a frappe in the café by the turn to Kerasia..
Time: 13.75 hrs.
Mov av 3.9 km/hr
Height overnight: 945m.
Max. height: 1600m
at 38.3km (N)
Eleftherna (Eleutherna GR: Ελεύθερνα) is located on the foothills of Mount Psiloritis, in the heartland of Crete, 25 km. southeastern of Rethymnon. It was inhabited continuously from the Sub-Neolithic period (4th millennium BC) down to the 12th cent. AD and its rich history is now summarized by five hundred selected artifacts unearthed from houses, shrines, public buildings and tombs.
at 38.5km (NE)
Petrokéfalo (GR: Πετροκέφαλο) lies 16km from Iraklion and 3km from Agios Myron at 340m a.s.l with 248 inhabitants.
It is built on a rocky hillside. The hill' shape resembles to a human head and it is supposed that the village owes its name to this (petrokefali = stone head) .
The settlement was fortified and lately were discovered significant ancient findings.
The patron Saint is "Agia Paraskevi" and there is a village feast on the 8th September in her honour.
Alianthos Beach Hotel
at 38.8km (NW)
An ideal choice for relaxing vacations 15 meters from the beach. Alianthos Beach Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with furnished balcony. Features include a large pool, and a Mediterranean restaurant. The spacious guest rooms have views of Plakias bay, or the surrounding hills. Each has free Wi-Fi, satellite flat-screen TV and a modern bathroom with tub or jet shower and hairdryer. Slippers and tea-and-coffee amenities are complimentary. The all-day restaurant serves a rich buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, inspired by traditional Cretan, Mediterranean and international cuisine. Drinks are available by the poolside.
The front desk can arrange for car rental and horse riding. Free private parking is available. Staff will be happy to assist with useful tourist information.
Hotel Rooms: 18
at 38.9km (N)
Margarites (GR: Μαργαρίτες) with 300 inhabitants, is located 27 kilometers from Rethymnon at 300 m above sea level near the amcient town of Eleftherna. Margarites, is a village with Venetian roots, mentioned by sixteenth-century travellers. In the nineteenth century, Margarites was a flourishing town, whose centuries-old ceramic tradition began at least as early as the Ottoman period. Margarites is undoubtedly the most important pottery centre in western Crete.
Agios Vassilios, Rethymno (South)
at 39.2km (NW)
A sea side village, 40 km south from Rethimno, with 237 permanent residents, built at the cove of the bay of the same name on a wonderful sandy beach, 1300 m long, between the capes Stavros and Kako Mouri, that is ideal for swimming and sea sports. The natural beauty of the place helped Plakias to become a renowned tourist resort now providing all the facilities that a visitor could wish. It belongs to the municipality of Finikas.
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