Heraklion Lentas

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Lentas is a quaint seaside village about 65 kilometers southwest of Heraklion Town. Surrounded by highlands and mountains, it got its name from the cape to its west, which was once said to resemble a lion. The village is known as a great spot for those seeking more quiet vacations, far away from the big cities of Crete. Some taverns and cafes are dotted throughout the village, as well as some small hotels and convenience stores.

Protected by strong winds, Lentas has a lovely beach with crystal waters. The seafloor here is quite steep, so some experience in swimming is required. The beach features sunbeds and umbrellas, but no beach bars or canteens.

The modern village lies on the site of Ancient Levina, an important port in classical times. Ancient Levina’s main attraction was its therapy center dedicated to the doctor-god Asclepius. Patients from all over Crete and from as far as Libya would seek treatment for their ailments here, as the nearby springs were considered to have healing properties. The ruins of this ancient hospital are open to the public and include a charming Roman-era mosaic of a dog.

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