20 km Venerato - Turn for the monastery of Paliani
The monastery of Paliani, dedicated to the
Assumption of Virgin Mary, is one of the
oldest convents in Crete, dating back in the
First Byzantine Period.
- 29.5 km Agia Varvara
Entering the village of Agia Varvara, one can
admire the picturesque chapel of Prophet
Elias, built on a rock.
- 44 km Ag. Deka
The village was named after the church of
Agioi Deka, which is built on the area where
Cretan martyrs were executed.
- 46 km Archaeological site of Gortys
In the ancient years, here stood one of the
most significant cities of Crete which, as finds
indicate, was first inhabited in the Minoan
Era (16th century BC) and thrived.
- 53 km Mires
The village of Mires attracts many tourists in
the summer. Here, one can find many rooms
to let, restaurants and shops.
- 60 km Archaeological site of Phaestos
According to the area's finds, Phaestos was
one of the greatest cities on the island,
inhabited from the Neolithic Period (3000
BC) to the 2nd century BC.
- 63 km Archaeological site of Agia Triada
Excavations in the area cast light upon a
Minoan palace of great archaeological
importance, built upon the ruins of a 1600 BC
- 70 km Matala
The seaside settlement of Matala has recently
developed touristically, while the beautiful
beach with the infamous caves attracts many
7 km Karteros
A seaside settlement of recent tourist growth.
8 km Archaeological site of Amnissos.
The area of Amnissos is known for the ruins of
a Minoan mansion (1600 BC) and a venetian
village (16th century).
- 27 km Limenas Hersonissou -
Limenas Hersonissou is one of the most
crowded and developed towns on the island,
where all sorts of entertainment and services
are available. Here, one can visit the Lychnostatis Museum of Folk and Nature, established in
- 33 km Stalis
The seaside settlement of Stalis is built in a
beautiful area with long beaches and sparse
- 36 km Malia
The town of Malia is built along a beautiful
sandy beach, at the end of a fertile valley with
windmills, where fruit, garden and green
products are cultivated.
- Archaeological site of Malia
Excavations in the area brought to light parts
of a 1900 BC palace, of great archaeological
6 km Amoudara
The seaside settlement of Amoudara has
evolved into a tourist centre in recent years,
due to its extensive sandy beaches which
attracts many visitors in the summer.
- 22 km Turn for Agia Pelagia
The community of Agia Pelagia is built on the
edge of a picturesque bay and was named
after the church which belongs to the
monastery of Sevathiana, the ruins of which
lie in an area 1 km west of the community.
- 29 km Fodele
The picturesque village of Fodele, the home-
town of painter Domenicos Theotokopoulos
(El Greco), is built in a green area full of
plane- and orange-trees.