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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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 Traditional House Star
Traditional House Star is located in Gerani and offers a terrace. The vacation home, set in a building dating from 1984, has free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 Prines Extra
Prines Extra is located in Prinés and offers a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. This vacation home provides free private parking, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. more...
 Rithymna Mansion
Featuring a private pool and a furnished sun terrace, Rithymna Mansion is located in Prines Village of Rethymno. more...
 Yianna's Home
Featuring an outdoor pool and garden views, Yianna's Home is located in Gerani. This self-catered vacation home has a private pool, a garden, grill facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 Villa Chris
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Villa Chris is located in Atsipópoulon. This self-catered villa features a garden, grill facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 Atsipopoulo Villas
Featuring a private pool with sun terrace, the stone-built Atsipopoulo Villas is located in Atsipopoulo Village. more...
 Anna Boutique Villas
Surrounded by lemon groves, the family-run Anna Boutique Villas features elegant, self-catering accommodations with a private pool and furnished sun terrace. more...
 Villa Castello
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and barbecue facilities, Villa Castello provides accommodations in Dhafnés with free WiFi and garden views. more...
 Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare
Standing right on the shore of the Aegean Sea, Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare is an elegant and peaceful complex boasting a pool complex of 6 pools, a spa center and 3 restaurants. more...
 Grand Hotel Holiday Resort
Grand Hotel Holiday Resort rests 16 miles east of Heraklion International airport and 1.6 miles from Hersonissos on the north coast of the Mediterranean island of Crete. more...
 Villa Rodea
Located in Rodia, Villa Rodea has air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. This self-catered villa has a private pool, a garden and free private parking. more...
 Nostos Beach Boutique Hotel
The hotel Nostos Beach is located just steps from the beautiful Bali Beach. It offers a swimming pool with bar, and rooms with large balconies overlooking the sea. more...
 Nautica Hotel Apartments
Located on Stavromenos Beach, Nautica Hotel offers a swimming pool. The self-catered rooms have free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea. A homemade breakfast is served. more...
 Eleonas Apartments
Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Eleonas Apartments is quietly located in Prines in the Crete Region, 3.1 mi from Rethymno Town. more...
 Matthias Hotel Apartments
Featuring a pool and baby pool, Matthias Hotel Apartments is 3 miles east of Rethymnon, only 100 yards from the beach. Facilities include a bar and a breakfast room. more...
 Sports Villa
Sports Villa is a villa set in Pigi, 12 mi from Bali. The air-conditioned unit is 5.6 mi from Réthymno Town, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. more...
 Cretan Dream Apartments
Featuring an outdoor pool, Cretan Dream Apartments in Atsipópoulon provides accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. more...
 Tzanis Traditional Villa
Located in Elétherna, within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Tzanis Traditional Villa offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. more...
 Cactus Beach
Located on a private beach at Stalis, Cactus Beach offers a sea-facing terrace and large rooms. Guests can make use of the tennis court, outdoor pool and health club. more...
 Villa Astarte Maroulas
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Villa Astarte Maroulas is located in Maroulás. more...
 Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences
Offering a garden, Scalani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences offers accommodations in Skalánion. Heraklio Town is 5.6 mi from the property. The accommodations features a satellite flat-screen TV. more...
 Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort
Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort is located in Gouves, only 984 feet from the sandy beach. It features 3 sweet-water pools, a multipurpose court, a beauty center and air-conditioned rooms with balcony . more...
 House With View
Located in Paránimfoi in the Crete region, House With View has a balcony and sea views. This beachfront property has a patio and free WiFi. more...
 Villa Plousia
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a garden, Villa Plousia has accommodations in Atsipópoulon with free WiFi and pool views. more...
 Theanos House
Located in Pigi, Theanos House provides accommodations with a shared lounge, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared kitchen. more...


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