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Myrtos , Ierapetra
at 20.3km (S)
Centrally located in the seaside village of Myrtos Village, Myrtini Apartments is just 80 metres from the beach. Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout, its self-catered accommodation provides garden views from its terrace or balcony.A fully functional kitchen with a fridge, microwave and oven is standard in all the modernly decorated apartments. Each is air conditioned and has a washing machine and flat-screen satellite TV with pay-per-view channels. A glass shower stall, slippers and hairdryer are found in the bathroom. Taverns, cafés and shops are all within a short walking distance from Myrtini Apartments. It is 15 km from the town of Ierapetra. Heraklion International Airport is 80 km away. We speak your language! Apartments:5. Cards accepted at this property
at 20.3km (S)
Myrtos (GR: Μύρτος) is situated 15km to the west of Ierapetra, at the estuaries of the river Sarantapihos, in a valley with olive and orange trees. It is a beautiful village built by the sea, with a beach street lined with taverns and cafe bars.
In a short distance from Myrtos on a low hill lies the archaeological site of "Pyrgos" with the ruins of a villa from the post minoan period and a little further at "Fournou Koryfi" lie the ruins of a proto minoan settlement.
Myrtos features a small archaeological museum with exhibits mostly from the area, an initiative of a local teacher.
Myrtos is a popular tourist destination, with nice small hotels, picturesque taverns and kafeneions, a lovely sandy beach and hospitable people.
Ierápetra Archaeological Museum
Ierapetra town, South Lassithi
at 20.3km (S)
The museum was founded at the end of the 19th century, during the Turkish occupation of Crete and was housed in several buildings in the past. Today it is housed in the building of the Commercial Ottoman School, which is protected by a preservation order. The collection includes findings from the broader area and from the Minoan to the Roman period. Among the items are painted sarcophagi, lamps, vases, figurines, relief plaques. One of the most important exhibits of the museum is the Clay sarcophagus dated to 1450-1400 B.C.
Myrtos , Ierapetra
at 20.4km (S)
Located 50 metres from the beach, Mirtos Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a TV and balcony. Facilities include free WiFi, a restaurant and a mini market on site. Bright and colourful, all rooms in the Mirtos Hotel have a fridge, electric kettle and a safe. The private bathroom comes with bathrobes and free toiletries. Some rooms offer views of the Libyan Sea. The Mirtos's restaurant serves typical Cretan dishes in the vine-covered terrace. A good selection of taverns can be found within 10 minutes’ walk. Hotel Rooms: 16
Big Blue Hotel
Myrtos , Ierapetra
at 20.4km (S)
Awarded with the Green Key Eco Label and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Big Blue is situated in the lovely village of Myrtos, in south Crete. It offers spacious, soundproofed rooms, with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Surrounded by a lovely garden with citrus trees and herbs, the fully air-conditioned/heated rooms have private balconies with views of the sea and the village.
Myrtos , Ierapetra
at 20.5km (S)
Just 5 metres from Mirtos Beach, Paradise Studios Mirtos feature self-catered accommodation with straight views of the Libyan Sea. Free Wi-Fi is provided. All air-conditioned studios are simply decorated and have a kitchenette with a mini fridge, cooking hobs and a coffee maker. A TV and a private bathroom with shower are included. Taverns, cafés and shops can be found within a short walk from Paradise Studios.
Ierapetra town, South Lassithi
at 20.8km (S)
The fort, built by the Venetians and Known to Ierapetrans as the "Kalés" (GR: Καλές), has been erected on the top of the southernmost mole of the ancient harbour. It is one of those monuments of the past which, because of its solid construction and the fact that it was still garrisoned until the latest years of the last century, still exists today to serve as a reminder of some of the nation's most difficult times.
Pediada, North - East Iraklion
at 21km (NW)
The famous tourist resort with all types of accommodations. Great beaches and a lively party atmosphere particularly in August. Becomes pretty quiet and peaceful during the rest of the season and there is a nice and picturesque part of the old village that preserves the traditional character. Malia has also a significant agricultural production and is famous for its bananas, potatoes and bottled water.
at 21.2km (SE)
Two separate villas with fully furnished apartments and maisonettes. Between the two Villas and in the garden amongst the trees, plants and flowers there are a pavilion sitting area, a swimming pool, a baby pool, a spa pool, and a sauna. There is also a BBQ area with a traditional oven for use by guests. There is plenty of car parking on the grounds of the villas.
Sitia, East Lassithi
at 22.7km (E)
A small picturesque village by the sea characterized as a landscape of exquisite, natural beauty. With joyful and peaceful inhabitants who constantly tease each other. It is located in Crete, north of Lasithi prefecture, between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia, at equal distance (30-35km) from the three major cities(Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra).
Ideal place for holiday or special weekends.
You will enjoy the most colourful sunset and the most beautiful daybreak from any other place. The serenity of the morning open view, with the sun rising from the sea, will be unforgettable.
The small island, opposite the village, with the small church of Agios Nikolaos, offers a unique beauty to the landscape.
La Luna Apartments
at 23.2km (NW)
Situated in the village of Stalida, 350 metres from the beach, La Luna offers spacious self-catering accommodation. It has a swimming pool and a pool bar, and provides free private parking. La Luna Apartments are bright and airy, and feature large balconies. They include a kitchenette with refrigerator and they have a dining area. A private bathroom with shower is standard in all rooms.
Guests can relax at the sun terrace by the swimming pool or have a drink at the pool bar. La Luna hotel also offers free wired Internet in its public areas.
Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport is 30 km away from La Luna Apartments. The resort of Malia, offering many nightlife options, is within 3 km.
Hotel Rooms: 21
94 Eirinis Street, 70007 Stalís
at 24km (NW)
Memories Apartments are located walking distance from the sea and the lively centre of Stalis. The complex features a swimming pool and free public Wi-Fi. Rooms at Memories Apartments are modern with sea, pool or mountain views. All accommodations are en suite with kitchenette facilities, air conditioning and a balcony or patio.
The pool area offers a deck with loungers and umbrellas. Breakfast, snacks and drinks are served at the pool bar. Greek nights are frequently organised here.Hotel Rooms: 14
Villa Filoxenia Apartments
at 24km (SE)
Built on a hillside, Filoxenia Villa apartments offer panoramic views over the Lybian Sea and the picturesque Cretan mountains. Every apartment comprises of a living area, one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, one or two bathrooms and a large veranda with beautiful open sea and mountain views.
Aquis Blue Sea Village Resort & Spa
at 24.5km (NW)
Offering 2 restaurants and a spa with indoor pool, this 5-star beachfront resort is located in the famous resort of Stalis. Rooms have furnished balconies with views of the sea or the hotel’s exotic gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with free wired internet, a satellite TV and a fridge. All guests are greeted with complimentary bottle of wine, fruit and water.
at 24.5km (NW)
Athena Apartments, located in the heart of Stalis, a stone's throw from the sandy beach of Stalis, offer modern accommodation services with free WiFi internet connection. Built in modern architecture, Athena Apartments consist of 20 airy and bright apartments, all with air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom and large balcony with a sublime view.
Athena Apartments features a swimming pool with free sun beds and umbrellas and pool bar. Other features include billiards, BBQ, snack-bar, and satellite TV.
Stalis, 3 kilometres after Hersonissos and 3 kilometres before Malia, not only has a beautiful sandy beach with water sports facilities including water ski, jet ski and canoeing, but is also home to dozens of restaurants, supermarkets, shops and bars.
Hotel Rooms: 20
at 24.8km (W)
Askoi (GR: Ασκοί) is small village in the municipality of Kasteli has 315 inhabitants. It lies in the foothills of the Dikti mountain, 11 km to the east of Kasteli and 8 km from Lyttos.
Fr. Barozzi mentions it as Ascus, in the Pediada district, in 1577.
Recently a ritual clay figurine of the Mid-Minoan period was fortuitously unearthed on a peak close to the village. The remains of a large building belonging to a peak sanctuary have been excavated at Amygdalokefalo to the NE of the village.
A reference in a contract of 1271, mentions how Petri Comarii from the village (casali) Maski owes Ruggerino Temisano, resident in Chandax, 25 «mistata» of good Cretan wine from his vineyards in Maski.
Among other natural beauties, the ravine at Aski is well worth seeing.
On December 4th the village has a typical Cretan feast to honour Agia Varvara. And as in every Cretan village, raki and ‘mezedes’ are always available at the kafeneions.
at 25.1km (W)
Kastamonitsa (GR: Κασταμονίτσα) is 7 km away from Kasteli, has 356 inhabitants and lies at 520 m above sea level, in the foothills of the Afendi mountain (1578 m), with the Dikti mountain in the background.
The village is not mentioned in the Venetian registers of the 16th and 17th centuries, nor in the Turkish census of 1671. It is possible that the name is related to that of Kastamoni in Asia Minor: refugees, driven out of their land by the Turks, may well have come and settled here, giving their new home the same name as their old one. But it is impossible to establish a precise date.
The Church of the Koimisi tis Theotokou (Dormition of Our Lady), located in the cemetery of the village, has wall paintings of the 14th century and points to a settlement here during the Venetian period. However, as we said before, the village is not mentioned in any Venetian census. The first reference is to be found in an Egyptian census conducted in 1834, where the village of Kastamonitsa is said to have 35 Christian families. And again in 1881, the village is said to have 320 Christian residents; no Turkish families are mentioned.
The location of the village on the way to the natural fortress of the Lassithi plateau which protects all of Eastern Crete, turned the area into a battlefield during the last century.
The Egyptian Pasha Hassan tried to invade the Lassithi plateau in 1822. The rebels cut him off between Krassi and Kastamonitsa, fighting him so well that he was forced to change his strategy and invade the plateau through its south side (Viannos and Ierapetra).
Other fierce battles took place in and around Kastamonitsa during the 1866-67 rebellions. Finally Omer Pasha, known as the Attila of Lassithi, found a way up through the glen at Geraki where an betrayer showed him the way.
A clay cast has been found in Mesarmi. It is elliptical in shape and has a width of about 0.25 m, and has a plaited decoration. A round glass vessel was also found at Xidiano Seli.
4 km out of the village you get to a lovely spot known as Mesada, where traditional celebrations take place on Easter Tuesday.The village boasts of several kapheneions and a taverna in the main square.
There is an active cultural centre, that organizes events especially in the summer. The most important and traditional feast is held on July 7th in honour of Aghia Kyriaki.
at 25.2km (NW)
ideally situated between Crete’s most popular holiday resorts Chersonisos & Stalis. The hotel consists of a traditional building completely renovated in 2004 and a modern main building built in 2003. Offers all inclusive accommodation in 2-room apartments and spacey rooms. Pools, bars, spa, sports...
at 25.6km (W)
Amariano, a charming small village of 321 inhabitants, (census 2001), lies in the western foothills of Afendi mountain, at an altitude of 530m. It is located at 7, 2 km east of Kastelli and can be found on the road axis; Kasteli -Xidas- Kastamonitsa-Amariano.
With the traditional, century old plane tree in the middle of the village square, with the fountain, surrounded by kafeneions (traditional cafes) serving refreshments; raki (or tsikoudia, the traditional Cretan spirit) and mezedes (tit-bits), Amariano is a typical Cretan village, well worth a look. Until recently, the leather tannery was a main activity among the villagers. The main produce today are olive oil, raisins and grapes, although there is also livestock.
Close by is the church of Agios Giorgos Kefaliotis with good quality wall paintings.
The cultural centre of Amariano organises a great feast on August 15th, the Dormition of Theotokos and on September 20th, day of the patron saint, Aghios Eustathios. This can be a great occasion for any visitor to live an authentic cultural experience, to meet the people and taste the traditional Cretan cuisine.
The first mention of the village -Amariano and Mariano- is to be found in inscriptions dating back to 1394-1399. Fr. Barozzi also mentions it in the region of Pediada in 1577.
The name is significant: Amari is an area close to the town of Rethymnon, therefore the first inhabitants were originally from the Amari region. During the second Byzantine period, this region was known as Apano Syvritos and the name Amari is first mention in Venetian times. This would imply that the village was first founded during the Venetian conquest of the island. The first spelling, Amarianos, is the correct one and the family names Amarianos, Amargianitakis and Amariotis first appear in the 16th century, in the 1583 cencus.
Sitia, East Crete
at 25.8km (E)
The village of Tourloti (GR: Τουρλωτή) is located in Eastern Crete, on the road from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia. Tourloti is 42 km from Agios Nikolaos and 27 Km from Sitia. Tourloti is a small, traditional village, the largest of a group of four, dotted across the hillsides in this area. It has changed little in the past few decades, and remains untouched by tourism.
However, it retains a healthy vibrant Greek community, of families living and working in the local area. The village has a prominent church, primary school, two small mini-markets, a bakery, chemist, post office, two kafenions and one small traditional taverna. The narrow streets with white washed houses, flower filled alleyways, and glimpses of spectacular views, give the village a unique, timeless sense of tranquility, far removed from modern city life. It is the centre for several religious celebrations and festivals, especially over Easter and the summer months.
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