Heraklion Villages

Heraklon villages

The prefecture of Heraklion, among the most popular regions in Crete, offers many tourist or remote villages to discover. Heraklion Town, Hersonissos and Malia offer plenty of tourist facilities, while villages in the inland and the southern coast give nice view of rural life on Crete.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
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Guide to 14 villages

Discover our guide to 14 Heraklion villages. They are all presented with detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Heraklion. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

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Location: On the northern side of Crete
Description: Heraklion Town is the largest city in Crete and the main transportation hub of the island. It distinguishes for its large fortress at the entrance of the port. Many beautiful beaches surround this big town.

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Location: 16 km south from Heraklion Town
Description: This is a picturesque village built on the slopes of a short hill. Many ancient sites surround Epano Archanes, while in a close distance is also the village Kato Archanes.

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Location: 28 km east of Heraklion Town
Description: Hersonissos is one of the most developed tourist resorts of Heraklion Crete. It has many tourist facilities, cosmopolitan atmosphere and a lovely port where fishing boats moor.

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Location: 75 km south west of Heraklion Town
Description: A small seaside village on the southern side of Crete, Lentas offers a nice alternative for family vacations.

Location: 45 km south of Heraklion Town
Description: Located in the inland of southern Crete, Harakas is an authentic Cretan village, untouched by tourism.

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Location: 44 km south of Heraklion Town
Description: Agioi Deka, one of the prettiest villages in Crete, is spread in the valley of Messaras. In close distance, there is the site of Ancient Gortyn.

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Location: 90 km south of Heraklion Town
Description: A small village on top of Mount Sfentilia, Ethia has few inhabitants and it is totally untouched by tourism.

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Location: 36 km south east of Heraklion Crete
Description: This is a beautiful village amidst a fertile valley with vineyards and olive trees. In the Medieval times, there was a castle in the area.

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Location: 36 km east of Heraklion Town
Description: A popular tourist resort with many facilities and a well-organized beach, Malia attracts a lot of visitors in summer. A Minoan palace is located close to Malia.

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Location: 25 km south west of Heraklion Town
Description: Prinias is a tiny village in the inland of Heraklion Crete. It is constructed at an altitude of 610 m and surrounded by lush greenery.

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Leaving Lentas, a tiny roadside chapel's white stucco facade and warm terracotta roof is a striking contrast to the monstrous, stony mountain behind it. The blue fluidity of the sea softens the rough and rocky landscape.
Under the canopy of a palm tree, creamy white umbrellas and sun beds are perched seaside, making these front row seats to the sea, undeniably dreamy.
Umbrellas in hues of azure blue and tangerine tones dot the sandy shores of Hersonnisos, Crete. The stone wall perfectly complements both the pretty parasols and the grainy earth.
While visiting the village of Fodele,( El Greco's birthplace), this striking contrast of colours caught my eye. So magically Mediterranean!
This 'window box' of gnarly, pink geraniums caught my eye while exploring the old houses built on a hill in the village of Fodele.
A canopy of grapevine, jasmine and trumpet flower covers this porch in the village of Fodele, Crete. Talk about curb appeal!