- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 7
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Archanes, Crete, Greece
Additional Location Information
Arhanes is a picturesque rural town in the prefecture of Heraklion with a history of 5000 years, built in an overgrown area 16 km southeast of the city of Heraklion, on the foot ofmo untain Giouchtas. Time has not affected the traditional architecture of Arhanes;on the contrary, thanks to its exemplary reformation, the town received the European Award for Village Reformation.
The hospitable town of Arhanes awaits you to discover its unique cultural heritage, to marvel its beauty and, of course, to taste authentic Cretan flavours.
Your visit and your stay in this extraordinary place is going to become an unforgettable experience!
The town of Archanes has been built in the area of an important Minoan settlement.
Archaeological excavations that have been going on until this day prove that during the Minoan Times the town was a prosperous Minoan City and the center of many other cities of the area. It is worth mentioning that the part of the three-storey Palace complex of the 16th century B.C. revealed by the excavations in the town, is a token of magnificent construction skills, superior to the Palaces of Mallia, Festos and Zakros.
Other archaeological sights are the Cemetary in Fourni and the Mansion in Vathipetro. The Cemetary in Fourni, northwest of Archanes, is the biggest prehistoric cemetary in the Aegean Sea and having been used for over a thousand years (2400 B.C.- 1200 B.C.) it hosts a large number of buildings of all architectural types known, including five vaulted tombs.
The Mansion in Vathipetro is a Minoan Villa located in Piso Livadia, 4 km south of Archanes.
A winepress, an olive press, a pottery workshop and a ceramic furnace were found there during the excavations.
The important archaeological findings from the surrounding area of Archanes (Vathipetro,Fourni, Anemospilia), and the town itself, are now in the Archaeological Museum, a restored building in the traditional town of
in 1993 was an initiative of the archaeologists John and Efi Sakellarakis.
The role of Archanes during the recent history of the island of Crete was equally important.
The town of Archanes played a coordinative and organizational role, contributing decisively to the Cretan Revolts in 1866 and 1897, and faced the Turkish attacks bravely.
During World War II and, more specifically, during the period of the Battle of Crete, the Administration Center of the Greek Forces was settled in Archanes and, later on, during the German Occupation the first espionage echelon in Crete was organized in Archanes.
The town of Arhanes is located at the foot of Mountain Giouchtas that is considered to the most important mountain in the area, not only because of its location and its shape that looks like a human head, but also because of its archaeological and ecological value.
Giouchtas is 811m. high and according to mythology was the place where Zeus was burried.
Besides, the human shape of the mountain is related to Zeus, too.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest airport: Heraklion International, 10 miles
Nearest ferry port: Heraklion Port, 10 miles
Car is essential
Last updated on February 22, 2015
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- Housekeeping Optional
- Washing Machine
- High chair
- Hair dryer
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- A/C or climate control
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no