Fodele Φόδελε is a charming village 30 km west of Heraklion on the island of Crete in Greece. It is set back a little inland from the coast. In fact, it is on the river in a lush green valley, and known for its shade and greenery. Fódele Beach, 4 km from the village, is a small beach resort.
See the location of this village on the handy map below...
The village is set in a valley full of groves of oranges, lemons and mandarins. Everything grows here, but most of all the oranges, their scent and bright colours bursting all over the valley. The river Pandomandri flows throughout the year.
Many locals come to eat at tavernas by the running waters of the river, under the shade-giving platanos trees.
Don't miss the walkway by the river, enjoy the shady cool drossia and relax by the soothing waters.
Byron Ayanoglu, an international chef, tells of his experiences whilst living in this village in his book The Taste of Honey, about his return to Crete from Canada.
El Greco, Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born in Fódele in 1541. A renaissance painter who came to fame in Spain, he studied in Greece and Italy before establishing his reputation in Toledo and staying there until his death in 1614.
A plaque from the University of Valladolid honouring Theotokopulos is prominent in the main street of the village. There is also the Museum of El Greco in the house said to be his birthplace. El Greco is honoured on our pages about notorious Cretans.
The Byzantine church of Agia Panagia (above) from 11th Century and the Monastery of Agios Panteleimon are also interesting highlights of visiting this pretty village, where much of the history of Kríti is encapsulated.
A short drive away is Agia Pelagia Beach and other beaches, and the ruins of a Venetian fort at Paleokastro.
There are plenty of accommodation options in the village and at the beach, with resorts, domatia and apartments.
For accommodation in the heart of the village, private yet only a few seconds from the centre of the village, Bijou Apartment is a good choice. A small private property, with pool and jacuzzi, you can enjoy home comforts whilst exploring Crete from this very central position, close to the national road.
The apartment has two double bedrooms, two wet rooms, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, two balconies with fabulous views, a private courtyard (with washing machine) and roof terrace. The view is simply stunning. Walk everywhere in the village, get your bread early from the local bakery, stroll next to the river, enjoy village life.
Relax and enjoy your stay in the privacy of your own home! Only 2.5 km from the beach and a 20 minute drive from Heraklion airport - yet surrounded by mountain views - it offers something for everyone. The lovely seaside village, beaches and crystal clear waters of Agia Pelagia are also close by.
Here you will see the location of the village in Crete.
Below are some more beautiful images of the village and Agia Pelagia church.