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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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 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...
 Traditional House Star
Traditional House Star is located in Gerani and offers a terrace. The property was built in 1984, and has air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi. 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...
 lti AKS Minoa Palace - Adults Only
Right on its private area of Amnisos Beach with free sun loungers, Iti AKS Minoa Palace features an outdoor pool. Facilities include a fitness room with hammam. Free Wi-Fi is provided. more...
 Villa Rodea
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a terrace, Villa Rodea has accommodations in Rodia 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...
 Prines Extra
Located in Prinés, Prines Extra provides accommodations with a garden, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared lounge. With garden views, this property has a balcony. more...
 Iberostar Creta Marine
Iberostar Creta Marine enjoys a privileged beachfront location, overlooking 3 private coves. It is located 1.9 mi from Panormo and 11 mi from Rethymno. more...
 Sunrise Residence
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a shared lounge, Sunrise Residence provides accommodations in Koxaré with free WiFi and garden views. more...
 Vrachos Villas
The picturesque Vrachos Villas offer a peaceful location in the traditional village of Agia Paraskevi, municipality of Agiou Vasiliou. more...
 Sirens Beach & Village
Overlooking the Gulf of Malia, Sirens Beach and Village is surrounded by 42,000 m2 of landscaped gardens. It features 3 outdoor pools, fitness center and beach bar. more...
 Atsipopoulo Villas
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 Creta Star Hotel - Adults Only
The Creta Star Hotel - Adults Only is an all-inclusive hotel on the wonderful beach of Skaleta. This 4-star hotel offers quality accommodations and great facilities for all ages in a pretty location . more...
 Club Marine Palace & Suites
Club Marine Palace is an environmentally awarded hotel featuring 6 swimming pools and an aqua park with slide and fountain. 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...




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