Heraklion Kasteli

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Kasteli is a small town located 33 km southeast of Heraklion Town, in a fertile plain full of olive trees and vineyards. It is an important commercial area, and every Wednesday, there is a bazaar in which all the local products are sold and the town gets full of life, colors and sounds. Accommodation and restaurants are also available.

The earliest traces of human activity in the area date back to the Neolithic times, which is why the village was declared an archaeological site in 1995. Research has revealed the existence of an extensive Minoan settlement beneath the present-day town, while the scant ruins of the Venetian fortress that gave Kasteli its name can still be seen on the top of the hill. There are also several nice churches, the oldest of which date back to the Venetian times.

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About 4 km away from the village are the ruins of Ancient Lyktos, which was a powerful town in the Archaic and Roman times. Excavations have brought to light the remains of a Roman citadel and an aqueduct, as well as various Roman statues which are now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

Every August, Kasteli hosts the popular Emigrant's Feast (Giorti tou Ksenitemenou), which includes traditional Cretan music, theatrical performances and other events.


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