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Heraklion

Town 2The city has a population of 120000 and is the fifth largest in Greece. Heraklion in ancient times served as a port of Knossos but it is only in the 9th century AD that it appears as a town founded by the Saracens.

Heraklion became the slave trade centre in the Mediterranean, to be soon after taken over by the Venetians who built immense fortification walls called it Kandax which was later paraphrased to become Candia.

During the four centuries of the Venetian occupation of Crete, many buildings were erected that are excellent examples of Venetian

Architecture of that time, and many of them exist today. The Basilica di San Marco and the Loggia are two such specimens, while the Morozini fountain with its four lions has even given its name in the central spot of the town.

Heraklion is very privileged today, to have in its suburb list, famous names like Knossos, and the most prominent city of the Minoan era. Linked directly with Knossos, is the Iraklion Archaeological Museum housing most findings not only from Knossos but other Minoan Palaces like Phaestos in the south, Malia on the east and Zakros at the extreme east of Crete.

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    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 270 / night

    Villa Lygaria is a stone-built, 2-bedroom villa located in Lygaria village, just 20 km northwestern from the city of Heraklion. It is only 500 meters on foot from the sandy beach of Lygaria and offers magnificent sea views.  More...

  2. Classy Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Archanes

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    Classy Villa is an amazing, traditionally designed 3-bedroom villa, ideally situated in the picturesque rural town of Archanes, 10 km of Heraklion Town and 13 km of the international airport. The fine sandy beach of Amnissos lies about 14 km far.  More...

  3. Villa Gorgeous in Crete, Heraklion, Gouves

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    in Heraklion, Gouves, from 200 / night

    Villa Gorgeous is a lovely 3-bedroom Villa of 165 sq m, which belongs to a complex of three luxury Villas only a few meters away from the sandy beach in Kato Gouves. Within a very short walking distance you can find a traditional cafe and shop, many restaurants, taverns, a few bars and a bakery. A supermarket is also found at 1100 meters.  More...

  4. Almyra House in Crete, Heraklion, Kokkini Chani

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    in Heraklion, Kokkini Chani, from 192 / night

    Almyra House is a lovely, sea view 3-bedroom villa with a private swimming pool next to the sandy beach, a few steps from the sea, in the area of Kokkini Chani.  More...

  5. Anemomilos Villas in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

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    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 628 / night

    Anemomilos Villas are two detached upper floor 2-bedroom villas with private pools, one brand new ground floor 1-bedroom apartment below of the two Villas, and one stone built 2-bedroom Guesthouse at the back of the plot, 4.5 km from the lovely sandy beach of Lygaria.  More...

  6. White Villas in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

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    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 160 / night

    White Villas are two unique sea view villas in Agia Pelagia, 1000 meters from the sandy beach. Each Villa has three bedrooms with three en-suite bathrooms, a private infinity pool and amazing views of the bay of Agia Pelagia.  More...

  7. Perla Apartments in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

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    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 38 / night

    Perla Apartments is a friendly 3 star hotel perfectly situated in the center of Agia Pelagia, one of the most charming seafront villages in Crete. The hotel is located 20 km west of Heraklion and 500 metres from the sandy beach of Agia Pelagia.  More...

  8. Villa Sunny Dreams in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villa Sunny Dreams

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 270 / night

    Villa Sunny Dreams is a 3-bedroom maisonete style villa with a private pool and lovely panoramic sea views, 1000 meters from the sandy beach of Lygaria, and 4 km from the town of Agia Pelagia.  More...

  9. Mourtzanakis Residences in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Mourtzanakis Residences

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 46 / night

    Mourtzanakis Residences are a group of four traditional luxury 1-bedroom villas and three lovely studios located in the small, peaceful village of Achlada. The sandy beaches of Agia Pelagia and Fodele can be found at about 6 km away, while a few more lovely beaches are located in such short distance as well. Heraklion town is located at about 26 km away.  More...

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