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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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Located in Adelianos Kampos, this villa and is 14 miles from Balíon. It provides free private parking. The kitchen has a dishwasher, a toaster and a refrigerator, as well as a coffee machine. more...
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Located in Kavrokhórion, Marakis Villas offers a barbecue and hot tub. Heraklio Town is 6 miles from the property. more...
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Lefkogeia ? Show on map
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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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Stelani Villas is located in Kalamaki. Heraklio Town is 30 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Showcasing an outdoor pool and hot tub, Ikaros Beach, Luxury Resort & Spa is located in Malia. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Katerina Villa is a detached villa with an outdoor pool, located in Petres in the region of Crete. The property is 22 miles from Chania Town and features views of the sea. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Villa Kerasia offers accommodations in Vlakhianá. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. more...
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Kokkíni Khánion ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Arina Sand Resort offers accommodations in Kokkíni Khánion, just 6 miles from Heraklio Town. more...
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Malia ? Show on map
Located in Malia, Laplaya Beach features a garden and seasonal outdoor pool. Heraklio Town is 18 miles away. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. more...
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Plakias ? Show on map
Located in Plakias, this air-conditioned vacation home features a terrace. The property is 30 miles from Chania Town and features views of the sea. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Showcasing an outdoor pool and fitness center, Sirens Beach & Village is located in Malia in the region of Crete. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Notos Heights Hotel & Suites is located in Malia, just 19 miles from Heraklio Town. Hersonissos is 5 miles from the property. more...
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Plakias ? Show on map
Showcasing a terrace and views of the sea, Creta Mare Hotel is located in Plakias. Chania Town is 31 miles away. The property is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. more...
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Located in Amoudara Herakliou, 2.4 miles from Heraklio Town, Vanisko Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Koni Village Hotel is located in Stalís, just 18 miles from Heraklio Town. Hersonissos is 3.5 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...

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