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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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Rethymno Town
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, one mile from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and 0.9 miles from Venetian Harbour. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Erondas Villas is located in Akhladhés, just 24 miles from Heraklio Town. The pet-friendly property is air conditioned and is fitted with a spa tub. more...
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This beachfront resort enjoys a spectacular location around a small and scenic port in Plakias. more...
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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...
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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Villa Boutique Residence is a villa, located in Foinikiá. The property is 4 miles from Heraklio Town and features views of the sea. more...
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Located in Roussospiti Village, Azure Sea View Villa is just a 5-minute drive from Rethymno Town. The villa is fitted with a private pool with hydromassage facilities and free WiFi in all areas. more...
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The contemporary Villa Elia is located 2 km from Maroulas Village in Crete. Guests will enjoy an outdoor pool with sunloungers. Free WiFi and on-site parking are provided. more...
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Offering an outdoor hot tub, garden and sun terrace, Villa Vollard is located in Rodhia in Crete. It is 300 metres from the beach and 900 metres from shops and restaurants. more...
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Rethymno Town
In the picturesque alleys of Rethymnon's Old Town, right across from the public library, the Bellagio Luxury Boutique Hotel offers charming accommodations with spa bathtubs and flat screen TVs. more...
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Agia Paraskevi
The picturesque Vrachos Villas offer a peaceful location in the traditional village of Agia Paraskevi, municipality of Agiou Vasiliou. more...
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Rethymno Town
Located 1.7 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno in Rethymno Town, this vacation home features a garden with an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. more...
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Rethymno Town
A few metres from the beach and 2.5 km from Rethymno Town, Summer Dream in Missiria features a swimming pool and a sun terrace. more...
 Villa  Irene Villa Villa Irene Villa     
Located in Sfakaki Village, Irene Villa features an outdoor pool with a sun terrace. It offers views of the Cretan Sea, while free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
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Limenas Hersonissou Hersonissos – Beach Nearby
Located half a mile from Aquaworld Aquarium, Idolio Suite offers accommodations in Hersonissos. The property features views of the sea and is one mile from Lixnostatis Folk Museum. more...
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Featuring a private swimming pool with a sun terrace, Villa Artemis is 2 km from Episkopi Village. It enjoys Cretan Sea views from its balcony, while free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. more...

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