The Municipality of|
he Municipality of Arkalochori (Arkalochori) is located in a distance of 33km from the City of Heraklion, in the Province of Monofatsi of the Heraklion Prefecture, extending in the beautiful mainland, halfway the wonderful route to the south coast, towards the clean waters of Tsoutsouros, Dermatos, Keratokambos, Arvi and others.
The seat of the Municipality is the Town of Arkalochori. It has a total population of 3.978, including the villages of Archondiko, Agia Semni, Zinta, Patsideros, Milliarisi, Gassi, Mousouta and Choumeri. .
The town of|
Panoramic view of Arkalohori
Town of Arkalochori with a population of 2.881 is located 33km away from Heraklion, on the provincial road linking Heraklion and Viannos, at 395m above sea level and connected with Heraklion on a regular daily bus service.
|Findings of the Minoan era have been excavated in the wide area, like the ancient town and palace at "Galatiani Kefala", but also at "Profitis Ilias", where a cave of worship has been found.|
In the Venetian census it is mentioned as ARCALOGHORI and belonged to Castellania Belvedere. In 1583 there were 160 inhabitants, according to the census of the Castle Registrar, while in 1881 there were 109 Christians and 103 Muslim inhabitants. The visitor will find it worth visiting the picturesque churches and the small remote country churches in the area to admire their religious paintings and their architecture.
The name of the Arkalochori Town is referred to the word "arkalos", which is the common local name of the badger, as it seems that these animals used to exist in large numbers in the area, fact also supported by a still existing place called "arkalies" (place of the badgers).
The central square of Arkalohori
with the church dedicated to Jesus Christ and Saint Constantine.
There are also schools of all levels (elementary, high school, lyceum), children’s care, nurseries, sports center, culture club, radio station, pharmacies and generally whatever is expected from a modern town to possess.
The main land products in the area are olive oil and olives, raisins, grapes and few cereals.
Branches of the Agricultural Cooperatives Union of Heraklion, banks (Agricultural Bank, National Bank and Bank of Crete) are also based in Arkalochori.
The visitor will find a hotel for his/her stay and many beautiful small tavernas and cafes to taste the Cretan delicacies.
Municipality fax nr:
703 00 Arkalohori
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