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The prefecture of Heraklio is the largest in area, has the greatest population and the highest per capita income of Crete. There are seven provinces (eparhies) in this prefecture: Malevizi, Temenos, and Pediada on the north coast and Pirgiotisa, Kainourio, Monofatsi, and Viannos in the centre and on the south coast. The main cities are Timbaki, Ano Viannos, Matala, and Mires. The northwestern area of the prefecture of Heraklio is comprised of the three provinces of Malevizi, Temenos, and Pediada. The main city is Iraklio.

This area is the largest of grape - producing areas of Crete and its main products are sultana raisins, Malevizi (Malmsey) wine, and table grapes (Rosaki). In these valleys Sir Arthur Evans, the British archaeologist, excavated the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the remains of a great civilization. A low mountain range rises in the middle of the prefecture and descends into the Mesara Plain. These fertile plains have been cultivated for thousands of years and have important Minoan, Greek, and Roman archaeological sites -- Festos, Agia Triada, and Gortyn are the major ones. The imposing peak of Psiloritis, 2,456 metres above sea level, is visible from almost all points of the prefecture of Heraklio. It is especially impressive during the winter months when it is snow-capped.

The prefecture of Heraklio has many cultural and historical features to offer the visitor. The finest collection of Minoan artefacts in the world and the sites of one of history's greatest civilizations may be of interest as well as the numerous Byzantine churches and Venetian castles and fountains. The historical aspects combine with the scenic landscapes of mountains, valleys, and sea to make this a beautiful and fascinating area. The beaches of Agia Pelagia and Hersonissos on the north coast and Matala and Kali Limenes on the south coast will attract the visitor with their warm, clear seas. There are many fine restaurants and tavernas offering Cretan specialities throughout the area

The eastern part of the Heraklio prefecture has some major resorts near the sea (Hersonissos), some major archaeological sites (Malia), and many important Byzantine churches. The southern area of the prefecture of Heraklio includes the four provinces of Pirgiotisa, Kainourio, Monofatsi, and Viannos. The most prominent physical feature here is the Pediada Mesaras. It stretches east from Timbaki to Ano Viannos. The plain is between the low mountain ranges of the south and north. The main products of Mesara are cereals, olives, and fruits. and cultivation goes on year-round, aided by the use of hothouses to increase productivity.


 

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Anna Boutique Villas, Mixórrouma
Featuring air conditioning, Anna Boutique Villas offers accommodations in Mixórrouma. Balíon is 21 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Wine Dark Sea Villa Artemis, Rodia
Featuring a private pool, Wine Dark Sea Villa Artemis is a detached villa located in Rodia. It provides free private parking. more...
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Villa Olia, Prinés
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Villa Olia is a villa, located in Prinés. The property is 26 miles from Chania Town and free private parking is provided. more...
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Plakias Resorts, Plakias
This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
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Sunflower villa, Plakias
Located 26 miles from Balíon and 13 miles from Rethymno Town, Sunflower villa offers accommodations in Plakias. The villa has air conditioning and free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site . more...
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Vilana Exclusive Villas, Skouloúfia
Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Vilana Exclusive Villas is located in Skouloúfia in the region of Crete, just 28 miles from Heraklio Town. The property features a hot tub. more...
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Erondas Villas, Achlades
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Erondas Villas is located in Akhladhés, just 24 miles from Heraklio Town. The property is air conditioned and is fitted with a spa tub. more...
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Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments, Malia
Showcasing a playground and views of the sea, Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments is located in Malia in the region of Crete. Heraklio Town is 18 miles from the property. more...
 Ambelos
Ambelos, Agia Pelagia
Located in Agia Pelagia, 9 miles from Heraklio Town, Ambelos features an outdoor pool and views of the garden. Hersonissos is 22 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno Town
Featuring air conditioning, Golden Coast Seaside Apartments offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Chania Town is 29 miles away. The accommodation is equipped with a TV. more...
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Parthenis Beach, Suites by the Sea, Malia
Located in Malia in the region of Crete, 18 miles from Heraklio Town, Parthenis Beach, Suites by the Sea features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Hersonissos is 4.1 miles away. more...
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Plakias Bay Hotel, Plakias
Located in Plakias, 27 miles from Balíon, Plakias Bay Hotel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. more...
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Gasparakis Bungalows & Villas, Lefkogeia
Showcasing an outdoor pool and barbecue, Gasparakis Bungalows & Villas is located in Lefkogeia in the region of Crete, just 25 miles from Balíon. Rethymno Town is 12 miles away. more...
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Philoxenia Villas, Panormos Rethymno
Featuring air conditioning, Philoxenia Villas is located in Panormos Rethymno, just 26 miles from Heraklio Town. Balíon is 5 miles away. more...
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Vesperi Studios & Apartments, Rethymno Town
Featuring air conditioning, Vesperi Studios & Apartments is located in Rethymno Town, just 29 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 16 miles from the property. more...




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