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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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 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Abaton Island Resort & Spa
Abaton Island Resort & Spa is set on a stunning location in Hersonissos. 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 & Spa is located on Anissaras pebble beach, only 1.9 mi from Hersonissos. more...
 AKASHA Beach Hotel & Spa
AKASHA Beach Hotel & Spa features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and bar in Hersonissos. more...
 Lato Boutique Hotel
Located opposite the old city harbor, Lato Boutique Hotel features a rooftop restaurant-bar overlooking Heraklion's Venetian Fortress. more...
 Peninsula Resort & Spa
Overlooking the deep blue bay of Agia Pelagia, Peninsula Resort & Spa sits amid lush plantations and is surrounded by 2 beaches. Two large pools, 2 children’s pools and 2 tennis courts are featured. 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...
 Nautica Hotel Apartments
Located on Stavromenos Beach, Nautica Hotel offers a swimming pool. The self-catered rooms have free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea. A homemade breakfast is served. more...
 Palazzo Greco
Palazzo Greco offers an outdoor pool and elegant rooms with the charm of a boutique hotel. Its hillside location features stunning views of Mediterranean Sea and Mountain of Ideon. 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...
 Kahlua Hotel & Suites
Offering a restaurant and a private beach area, Kahlua Hotel & Suites is located in Hersonissos. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. more...
 Vederi Estate
Quietly located amid an olive grove, Vederi Estate consists of 3 traditional villas each with a private pool. more...
 The Royal Senses Resort Crete, Curio Collection by Hilton
Located in Panormos Rethymno, 1.2 mi from Spilies Beach, The Royal Senses provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. 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...
 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...
 Cretan Malia Park a Member of Design Hotels
Located in the midst of rich med nature, along a secluded sandy beach in Malia Village, Cretan Malia Park features a sandy beach, long river pool, a main swimming pool, heated pool for the shoulder more...
 Ikaros Beach, Luxury Resort & Spa
Commanding an enviable location in Malia, the Ikaros Beach Luxury Resort & Spa offers a private sandy beach, 4 swimming pools and delicate dishes of Greek and International cuisines. more...
 Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only) is located in the heart of Rethymnon’s Old Town. The hotel offers easy access to the beach, an outdoor swimming pool with sun beds and showers. more...




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