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Archanes

"The colourful village"

Archanes, a place where time flows at a rather different pace, calmer, more relaxed and more enjoyable. The ideal destination for travellers who want to experience authentic Cretan holidays, to enjoy the hidden treasures of the island and wish to experience Cretan hospitality and the traditions of a place that remains unchanged in time.

Internationally awarded for the preservation of authenticity, the protection and promotion of their cultural heritage and natural landscape, Archanes unfolds its genuine noble beauty in each alley and every traditional house. Colours, scents, flavours, tastes, tradition, history and welcoming people create a setting that every guest should experience first-hand.

The characteristic traditional settlement of Archanes is an ideal location for outdoor excursions as well as to indulge in eclectic wines and culinary delights. Walk through the fragrant traditional alleys at dusk, taste the famous Archaniotiko wine accompanied by fine local dishes in the traditional cafes and taverns of the picturesque square, learn how local olive oil is produced, visit the world's oldest wine press, enjoy the view of the imposing Mount Juktas (where Zeus was buried) and discover the rich cultural heritage of the area.

At a distance of just 14 km from the city of Heraklion and only 5 km from the most important cultural centre of Minoan civilization, the Palace of Knossos, within walking distance from Fourni, a lush hill that is ideal for peaceful walks, and from the archaeological site of Vathypetro, Archanes will be your gateway for those dynamic excursions as well as your base, where you will return to rest and relax away from the summer heat.

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