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Horizon Beach Hotel
at 39.6km (NW)
Just 400m west of Plakias the Horizon Beach Hotel, set by the sea enjoys splendidly open views across the bay. The hotel is light and airy and the 26 twin and double bedrooms, all of which have a private sea facing balcony and polished stone floors, are simply furnished but comfortable, all have their own shower room (or bathroom), direct telephone, refrigerator, air condition (available), hair dryer, wireless internet, safe box, tv, and kettle or coffee maker.
Hotel Facilities: Air-conditioned Rooms, Sea view balconys (All rooms), Studios for 2-5 People, Salon with TV, Elevator to all floors, Bar, Food on request, Breakfast-Buffet indoors and outdoors at the pleasant patio, Free safe parking, Pets allowed.
Prophitis Ilias Town
at 39.7km (NE)
The town of Profitis Ilias (GR: Προφήτης Ηλίας), or Roka for the locals, is found 20km south of Heraklion It is built on the top of two hills offering an unforgettable view to the surrounding areas. A natural fortification, due to its position, it has been suggested that ancient Lycastos was built here. It is also known as Kandli Kasteli due to the castle located at the summit of a rock southeast of the town.
Nikiforos Fokas built the Byzantine castle of Temenos in the same location in 961 when he freed the island from the Saracens. His objective was to bring the city of Hantaka (Heraklion) into the castle of Temenos. However, this did not materialize and the city remained were it was. In the thirteenth century the castle of Temenos was occupied by the Genoese Pescatore, and later by the Venetians. The name Kanli Kastelli in Turkish means blood-painted castle, and took its name from a massacre of Turks by the Venetians and Greeks that took place here in 1647.
at 40.6km (N)
Apladianá (GR: Απλαδιανά) is a small village built at the foot of the two Kouloukona heights. The settlement stretches out along the old national road, where it developed after the opening of the new national road. It comprises cafes, tavernas, and accommodation facilities included in the Countryside Tourism programs.
It is worth your while, however, to visit the old village, climbing there on foot or by car. Picturesque, narrow streets, wonderful old houses with interesting architectural elements, old cisterns and churches will reward your efforts.
The old village built on a height of 260 m above sea-level has 175 inhabitants and the settlement along the old national road, known as "Kampos ton Apladianon", has 78 inhabitants. It is 40 kilometres away from Rethymnon and is located at the foot of the highest peak of the Kouloukona mountain in the Tallaios range.
Already as far back as 1368 we find a mention of the Aplada family, the founders of the present village and in the topographical maps of the Civil Engineering Services of Rethymnon it figures as Pladiana. The settlement is not mentioned in the 16th and 17th cent. documents. In the 1881 census, Apladiana is attributed to the commune of Garazo, with 57 inhabitants and in 1900 it is referred to as the Apladiana Commune which, together with the Cheliana settlement, had 153 inhabitants.
Iliomanolis Tavern & Rooms
Kanevos, Agios Vasslios
at 41.4km (NW)
At the beautiful small village of Kanevos on the road from Rethimno to Plakias, a little before the imposing gorge of Kotsifos you will find Iliomanolis tavern. Mrs Maria an experienced cook, will offer you her best specialties made with fresh pure Cretan products, and your lunch, breakfast or dinner will be one of the most pleasant experiences in Crete.
at 41.5km (NW)
The tavern is built by the sea at the small cove of Souda on the west of Plakias. Made from wood and stones this traditional tavern fits harmonically to the wonderful yet unspoiled environment. The menu has cretan specialties, salads, roast meat and fresh fish.
Tylissos Archaeological Site
at 41.8km (NE)
The houses of Tylissos were built during the LM I period (16th-15th century B.C.). Additions were made on House A in the LM II (15th-14th century B.C.) and on House C during the LM III period (14th century B.C.). The site was destroyed by fire in the 14th century B.C. and re - inhabited in historic times as is attested by ruins of later houses over the Minoan ones. Tylissos was excavated by Joseph Chatzidakis in 1902-1913. In 1954, in the course of restorations, parts of a paved court were revealed to the west, and a small stoa with five columns to the north of the Square of the Altar.
The monuments were restored by the Archaeological Service (under the direction of Nicolaos Platon) in the period between 1954 and 1962. All three houses were again restored in 1990-1994.
Source: The Hellenic Ministry of Culture
Minoan Megaron at Vathypetro
at 43.6km (NE)
The Minoan villa at Vathypetro was most likely the residence of a local ruler. Its architecture is comparable to that of a "Little Palace": it has a central and west court, a small tripartite shrine, a three-columned portico, storerooms and workshops. It seems that the construction of the building was never completed. Interesting elements of its architecture are the installations of a wine-press in the south wing and an oil-press in the courtyard.
Adele Village & Beach
at 44.1km (NW)
Adele village is at a distance of approximately 8 Km east of Rethymnon town located on the road to the Monastery of Arkadi. It is a beautiful small village built in an altitude of 70m above sea level with a population of 350 people. Strolling around the village, through the narrow paved small streets the visitor will come upon beautiful picturesque house yards, freshly whitewashed houses, historical churches and tasteful traditional coffee shops.
freedom fighter born in Adele
at 44.1km (NW)
Kostis Yiamboudakis was the hero who ignited a fire in the gunpowder storage room of the Arkadi Monastery in November 1866 and won glory for himself and the island of Crete. He was a simple villager with a big heart and great love for freedom.
at 44.1km (NE)
Dóxa (GR: Δόξα) is a pretty village built on a height of 400 metres above sea-level and 20 kilometres to the west of Heraklion on the road to the mountainous Milopotamos.
The historical cave of Dóxa (GR: Δόξα) is located in a short distance from the village of Marathos on the road to Heraklion. It is at a height of 490 metres above sea-level, near a well-known taverna also called DOXA.
The cave has a total length of 50 metres and impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Late Minoan Cemetery
at 44.6km (NW)
The site was first discovered by a teacher who noticed that two pupils were playing football using a minoan vase as a ball!. He mentioned the fact to the authorities and the excavations that followed unearthed about 300 tombs of the Late Minoan III period (1450-1100 BC). As the tombs had not been yet looted, the archaeologists found significant treasures like vases, weapons, statuettes, jewels etc.
It is obvious that such a big cemetery should belong to a big city which, despite the extended investigations of the archaeologists, has not been discovered yet.
Petronikolis Traditional House
at 44.8km (NE)
All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, with refrigerator, small oven, cooking utensils, coffee pot, boiler, toaster, mini bar and a complete dinner set. There is also autonomous heating system for each room, air conditioner, satellite TV, stereo, Internet, telephone, safe box, hair dryer and bath with hot water. In the surroundings there is an area of relaxation for the adults and a playground for children in the middle of a green garden. There are also a swimming-pool, a tavern with excellent food and a traditional cafe. Remarkable is also the incredible view of the village.
Labyrinth Musical Workshop
at 44.8km (NE)
The Musical Workshop "Labyrinth" organizes seminars, concerts and various creative activities around modal traditional musics of the world. Labyrinth Musical Workshop was founded in 1982 by Ross Daly, with the goal of initiating young people, primarily, into a creative approach to traditional musical idioms from various parts of the world.
Stone Village Hotel Apartments****
at 45.1km (N)
This village-style complex is situated in Bali, 700 metres from the beach. It offers self-catering apartments, 3 swimming pools and it has its own small raki distillery. Hotel Stone Village (Petrino Horio) apartments are traditionally decorated featuring dark wood furnishings and stone walls. They have a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. They all come with air conditioning and TV, and offer Wi-Fi access. Their balconies enjoy views of Talaia Mountains.
Free sun beds are available by the swimming pools of Stone Village Hotel Apartments. Next to one of the pools, a bar serves refreshing drinks and snacks.
The restaurant prepares traditional Cretan dishes made with ingredients produced in Stone Village’s own farm. Inside the complex, there is also a small traditional winepress.
Bali’s location in the centre of Crete is ideal for exploring the entire island. The town of Rethymno is 35 km from Stone Village Hotel Apartments. Free private on-site parking is available.
Hotel Rooms: 44
Rodakino, South Rethymno
at 45.1km (NW)
At the end of the canyon that traverses the area of Rodakino lies the beach of Korakas at the bay of the same name. It is a nice, wide and 400m long beach, with clear waters and small grayish sand and pebbles. There are a few accommodation options in family run apartment complexes and a few taverns on the beach front. Umbrellas and sun beds are also available at the eastern part. The headland to the east separate Korakas Beach from another lovely beach named "Klimata". At the east side of that headland there is a small fishing harbour and along its coast there are sharp rocks in the shape of a crow's beak (Kórakas GR: Κόρακας, means crow) thus giving the name to the bay.
Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
at 45.3km (NE)
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.
Archanes Archaeological collection
at 45.7km (NE)
The Archaeological Museum of Archanes opened in 1993. It occupies an area of 570 square meters and it is located at the Tzami quarter in the center of the settlement. There, for the first time in Crete, the archaeological finds from a single site are exhibited. While the exterior spaces of the building were adapted to a tasteful ensemble, in resemblance with the impressive modesty of the environment and the traditional ochre and rosy colour tonations of Archanes. The interior was thus arranged as to accommodate the most modern mode of exhibition, especially attractive for the visitor.
University General Hospital
at 45.8km (NE)
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
Alkionis Beach Apartments
at 45.9km (N)
These spacious apartments and studios are situated right on the beach at Sfakaki, offering a large pool with stunning sea views, a children΄s playground and entertainment corner. Alkionis Beach is the ideal base for a relaxing holiday by the beach. Set amongst spacious grounds, each of the apartments and studios is well-appointed with kitchen facilities and a comfortable living area.
Relax around the lovely outdoor pool or enjoy a refreshing afternoon dip. The sandy beach is just steps away from Alkionis, providing plenty of space for relaxation and family fun.
In the evening, relax with a drink on the sun terrace at Alkionis Beach and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and the beach.
Corali Beach Hotel - All inclusive
at 46km (N)
Corali Beach Hotel in Rethymnon. The perfect place for a quiet, relaxing holiday, in front of the beach on the coast of northern Crete Skaleta. Beachfront hotel, swimming pool, playground, sea and road excursions and many other facilities / services for an unforgettable stay at Corali Beach Hotel.
Corali Beach hotel provides 20 rooms, in a 6,000 sqm plot. Hotel's amenities include an garden, outdoor pool, children pool, playground, recption, café - bar with parasols and sun loungers.
Our rooms can accommodate 2-4 persons and they have sea or mountain view. All rooms are equipped with fridge, TV, balcony or veranda, a/c, wi-fi internet access and more.
The resteurant (traditional tavern) of our hotel, offering traditional delicacies in front of the beach!
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