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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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 Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa (Adults Only)
Offering a spa center with a range of services, Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa is set in the Analipsi district, 3.1 mi from Hersonissos and 984 feet from the sandy beach. more...
 Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only
Offering the main outdoor swimming pool, pool bar and two restaurants, Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa is settled just a breath above the “Blue Flag” awarded beach of Hersonissos. more...
 Abaton Island Resort & Spa
Abaton Island Resort & Spa is set on a stunning location in Hersonissos. more...
 Fodele Beach Water Park Resort
Fodele Beach Water Park Resort is a luxury, all-inclusive resort with a seafront location on the sandy beach of Fodele, on Crete's northern coast. more...
 Stella Palace Resort & Spa
Set on a private part of Analipsi Beach, Stella Palace features 2 lagoon-style swimming pools, 3 children’s pools and 2 tennis courts. 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...
 Lyttos Beach
Directly located on the Blue Flag awarded beach of Anissaras village, Lyttos Beach is surrounded by a 150-acre garden of more than 500 palm trees and flowers. more...
 Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults Only)
Featuring a magnificent outdoor pool and a restaurant, the 5-star Elysium Boutique Hotel & Spa (Adults only) offers accommodations in Analipsi of Hersonissos. more...
 Vasia Resort & Spa
Boasting a 1500 m2 spa center, outdoor swimming pool and 6 bars, Sentido Vasia Resort & Spa is peacefully set in the picturesque fishing village of Sissi. more...
 GDM Megaron, Historical Monument Hotel
Built in 1925 and classified as a monument, the GDM Megaron is located in the heart of Heraklion, overlooking the old Venetian port and within walking distance of all the major sights of the city. 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...
 Star Beach Village & Water Park
Just 164 feet 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...
 Capsis Astoria Heraklion
This well-known Capsis Astoria Heraklion is located next to the Archaeological Museum. more...
 Dyo Suites
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, just steps from the sandy beach and a 10-minute walk from the scenic old town. more...
 Mitsis Laguna Resort & Spa
Mitsis Laguna Resort is located on Anissaras sandy beach, only 1.9 mi from Hersonissos. more...
 Aquila Atlantis Hotel
Within 656 feet from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the 5-star Aquila Atlantis Hotel features an outdoor pool with unobstructed views over the harbor, a semi-covered pool and an elegantly more...
 Creta Maris Beach Resort
Overlooking the Blue Flag Hersonissos Beach, the all-inclusive Creta Maris Beach Resort combines a Cretan hospitality and green oriented environment with exclusive 5-star services. more...
 Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa
Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa is located along the Mediterranean coast of Kokkini Chani. It features 3 seawater swimming pools, 2 tennis courts, and 2 water slides for children. 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...
 Drossia Palms Hotel and Nisos Beach Suites
Drossia Palms Hotel and Nisos Beach Suites is a beautiful complex set amid delightful gardens with palm trees and located 492 feet from the Malia beach. more...
 DOM Boutique Hotel
Located in Heraklio, 1.3 miles from Amoudara Beach, DOM Boutique Hotel provides accommodations with a bar, private parking and a shared lounge. more...
 Knossos Beach Bungalows Suites Resort & Spa
Knossos Beach Bungalows Suites Resort & Spa lies on its private sandy beach. It offers 3 swimming pools and 3 restaurants. The beach is equipped with loungers, umbrellas and a bar. more...
 Gouves Bay Hotel
Gouves Bay Hotel features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Gouves. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a children's playground. more...
 Stella Village Hotel & Bungalows
Just 11 yards from its private beach in Analipsi, Hersonissos, Stella Village features 2 swimming pools with poolside bars surrounded by colorful gardens. more...
 Infinity City Boutique Hotel
Located in Heraklio Town, 656 feet from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Infinity City Boutique Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. more...




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