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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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 Condo Hotel  Plakias Resorts Condo Hotel Plakias Resorts     
Plakias
This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
 Macaris Suites & Spa Macaris Suites & Spa     
Rethymno Town
The Macaris Suites & Spa has sea-view suites which are just over 1 mile from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel includes free public Wi-Fi. more...
 Condo Hotel  Trefon Apartment Hotel Condo Hotel Trefon Apartment Hotel     
Platanes
Just 165 ft from Platanias beach, and 300 ft from the center of town, Trefon Apartments offers spacious self-catering rooms with balconies. A swimming pool and a playground are available. more...
 Condo Hotel  Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments Condo Hotel Akrogiali Beach Hotel Apartments     
Malia
Within steps from a sandy Blue Flag beach, this seafront complex boasts an outdoor swimming pool and snack bar. The stylish accommodation provides a side or full sea view from their balcony. more...
 Thalori Thalori     
Kapetanianá
Thalori is a complex of traditionally built houses in the scenic village of Kapetaniana on the Asterousia Mountains. more...
 Star Beach Village & Water Park Star Beach Village & Water Park     
Limenas Hersonissou Hersonissos – Beach Nearby
Just 50 metres from the sandy beach and the port in Hersonissos, the Star Beach Village features a spacious pool complex with water slides, a children?s playground and free on-site parking facilities . more...
 GDM Megaron Hotel GDM Megaron Hotel     
Heraklio Town
Housed in a listed 1920?s building overlooking the Old Harbour of Heraklion, the prestigious 5-star hotel GDM Megaron offers fine dining, a health club and a rooftop plunge pool. more...
 Villa Kerasia Villa Kerasia     
Vlakhianá
Villa Kerasia is set in an 1883 traditional house, lying at the southeast foot of Mount Psiloritis. more...
 Condo Hotel  Parthenis Hotel & Suites Condo Hotel Parthenis Hotel & Suites     
Malia
Just a 5 minute walk from the beach and close to Malia, Parthenis Hotel & Suites is an intimate and quiet hotel surrounded by an attractive garden. more...
 Condo Hotel  Marinos Beach Hotel-Apartments Condo Hotel Marinos Beach Hotel-Apartments     
Platanes
Set amidst beautifully landscape garden and on the beach, Marinos Beach Hotel-Apartments has a pool with sun terrace and a poolside bar. more...
 Plakias Bay Hotel Plakias Bay Hotel     
Plakias
Surrounded by a blossomed garden, just a short walk from the sandy Plakias Beach in Rethymno, the family-run Plakias Bay Hotel features a traditional restaurant and a terrace with unobstructed views more...
 Apartments  Skajado Holiday Apartments Apartments Skajado Holiday Apartments     
Stalida
Boasting a seafront location and unobstructed Cretan Sea views, Skajado Holiday Apartments offers elegantly decorated, self-catering accommodation, just a 5-minute walk from Stalida. more...
 Creta Maris Beach Resort Creta Maris Beach Resort     
Limenas Hersonissou Hersonissos – Beach Nearby
Overlooking Hersonissos Beach, the all-inclusive Creta Maris Beach Resort combines a new Green Cretan philosophy with exclusive 5-star services. more...
 Condo Hotel  Pela Mare Hotel Condo Hotel Pela Mare Hotel     
Agia Pelagia
Pela Mare Hotel is enjoying an elevated position with a 360-degree view over Agia Pelagia bay. Only 1.5 km from Blue Flag Agia Pelagia beach, it features Aegean Sea views, spacious gardens and 2 more...
 Condo Hotel  Socrates Hotel Malia Beach Condo Hotel Socrates Hotel Malia Beach     
Malia
Socrates Hotel Malia Beach is located on the beach road connecting Stalida and Malia. Guests enjoy a quiet location 2 minutes from the beach, 10 minutes' drive from Stalida and 10 minutes' from Malia . more...

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