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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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 Axos
This recently refurbished, 3-star hotel is conveniently located in Platanias, Crete΄s most well-known seaside village, 328 feet from a sandy beach and 3.1 mi from the historic city of Rethymno. more...
 Apollon Hotel Apartments
Set in a large garden, full of trees and flowers, the family-run Apollon Hotel Apartments complex features an outdoor pool and poolside snack bar. Platanes Beach is 1640 feet away. more...
 Loutra Resort
Providing direct access to mountains, countryside and sea, Loutra Resort offers sun terrace and outdoor pools for adults and children in Loutra, in Rethymno. more...
 Delina Mountain Resort
Set in an area of 28 acres, this resort combines the fine facilities of a luxurious hotel with the authenticity of Cretan tradition and the wild beauty of the island. 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...
 Carme Villas
Carme Villas are located close to the traditional and historic village Adele, only 5.6 mi east of Rethymnon, among the Cretan olive groves and fruit-bearing trees. The seafront is at 2625 feet. more...
 Stella Beach Hotel
Right on a rocky beach of Panormos, Stella Beach Hotel features an outdoor pool with separate children’s section. Surrounded by a garden, it has air-conditioned rooms with Cretan Sea views. more...
 Corali Beach
Hotel Corali Beach is located only 131 feet from the sandy beach of Scaleta, 6.8 mi east of Rethymnon. It features a traditional tavern serving local delicacies by the seafront. more...
 Kasteli Studios & Apartments
Just 984 feet from the sandy Panormos Beach in Rethymno, Kasteli Studios & Apartments features a pool with sun terrace and a snack bar. more...
 Ourania Apartments
Surrounded by a peaceful Mediterranean garden, this modern apartment-complex features a pool with furnished sun-bathing terrace and a snack bar with pool tables and satellite TV. more...
 Gorgona Hotel
Located in Rethymno Town, Gorgona Hotel offers beachfront accommodations 984 feet from Karavostasi Beach and provides various facilities, such as a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a more...
 Metropole Urban Hotel
Featuring a shared lounge, Metropole Urban Hotel in Heraklio Town is located 1 mi from Venetian Walls. more...
 Hotel Gortyna
Just 328 feet from the sandy beach of Skaleta, Hotel Gortyna features a large swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery and a poolside bar. more...
 Windy Place
Windy Place is located in Fourfouras Village, at an altitude of 1509 feet. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The closest beach, Agia Galini, is a 30-minute drive away. All rooms have a TV. more...
 Alexander Hotel Gerakari
Alexander Hotel is located in Gerakari, 22 mi south of Rethymno. Set on the foot of Mount Kedros, it features an outdoor pool, tennis court and 50-person conference hall. Free bikes are provided. more...
 Magia Village Resort
Set in Koutouloufari, 0.9 mi from Drapano Beach, Magia Village Resort offers accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a garden. more...
 Anita Beach Hotel
Featuring bar, a sun terrace with a swimming pool and a shared lounge, Anita Beach Hotel is set in Rethymno Town, 1 mi from Platanes Beach and 2.1 mi from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. more...
 Bella Vista House
Set in Magnisía, just less than 0.6 mi from Eleven Beach, Bella Vista House offers beachfront accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden, barbecue facilities and free WiFi. more...
 Sensus Experience by Lavris
Sensus Experience by Lavris features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Kato Gouves. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. 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...
 Adele Riva
Located in Adelianos Kampos, 1.9 mi from Pirgos Beach, Adele Riva provides accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. more...
 Royal & Imperial Belvedere Hotels
Standing on a hill overlooking Hersonissos, Royal & Imperial Belvedere Hotels is set within a Cretan garden with lemon, olive and palm trees. It offers 7 swimming pools, and 3 tennis courts. more...
 Stefanos Village
Located in Myrthios and 0.6 mi away from Plakias Beach, Stefanos Village offers traditional accommodations with balconies overlooking Plakias bay. It features an outdoor pool and free sun loungers. 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...
 Atrium Ambiance Hotel
Just 328 feet from the largest sandy beach in Crete, this Rethymnon hotel offers an outdoor pool with a poolside café and bar. more...




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