Heraklion Moires

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General information

Moires is a modern settlement situated 50 km southwest of Heraklion Town, in the plain of Messara. It’s an important commercial center with a huge park just outside the village, full of verdant trees, paved paths, beautiful fountains, and kiosks. The inhabitants are mostly occupied with agriculture, trade, and tourism.

The village's name comes from the Greek word for portions. It was named after the portions of land that were given to those who came to inhabit the village from the Peloponnese after the latter was occupied by the Turks. They settled there in 1543 and were the first inhabitants of the village. After 1900, an increase in population took place, and after 1930, the village became the biggest commercial, administrative, and religious center of the Messara Region.

At Moires, you can find some delightful family-owned taverns and a few charming cafes. Delicious specialties such as antikristo (barbecued lamb) and other savory home-like dishes cooked with quality local ingredients await you to taste. There is also an excellent place in the village where you can enjoy delicious falafels.

Regarding accommodation, there are a few choices available, depending on your budget. You can find comfortable, deluxe apartments, elegant hotels, and nicely decorated guest houses that have a warm, hospitable atmosphere. Whether you’re planning on going on a family vacation or are a solo traveler, it is guaranteed that you’ll find the perfect place to stay based on your needs.

Hotels in Mires

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The building complex of Mokamvilia consists of studios and apartments in the small village Petrokefali. Combining modern and traditional elements, the accommodation facilities of Mokamvilia are designed to offer an amazing stay with all comforts. A swimming pool and a restaurant can be found at the ...


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More about Moires

Moires is full of charming churches that are definitely worth a visit. You will find temples dedicated to Saint George, Saint Raphael, Saint Nektarios, Saint Paraskevi, and Saint Konstantinos.
An interesting place you can visit from the village is the monastery of Panagia Kaliviani, located 6 km to the west. Different kinds of artwork, such as textiles and needlework, are exhibited there.
Another appealing sight is the Monastery of Panagia Odigitria (Leading Virgin Mary), which was built in 1568. The remains of the walls surrounding it have survived to this day. This monastery was an active meeting place during the Cretan revolt against the Turkish yoke.
Every Saturday, you have the chance to shop for local goods at the exceptional flea market, which gathers visitors from all around the region.
From the village, you can easily access significant cultural sites located nearby, such as the Phaestos Palace, Matala, and the Agia Triada Villa. You can also go for a swim at Psili Ammos Beach, which is 7 km from the village, and Maha Beach, situated 9 km from it.


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