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This lovely village sits in rolling hills surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The village is made up of Kato Archanes and Epano Archanes, lower and upper villages, of which the upper village is the larger.
The area is dominated by the large mountain Giouktas, and gorges, forests and nature abound. The local agriculture produces delicious wine, raisins and grapes.
Much of the village has been restored, with many neoclassical and traditional buildings and churches lending a charismatic architecture to the scene. Traditional homes have been created into warm gracious guesthouses and pensions.
The local agricultural co-operative is one of the oldest in Greece, and to this day produces some beautiful wines of Crete. The region is dotted with vineyards and wineries, such as Sinadinakis Wines (below), the Miliarakis winery, and the Boutari winery. See more about the Wines of Crete here.
The history of the region includes not only the extraordinary excavation that revealed the Palace of Knossos, but other local archaeological sites that continue to reveal the rich history of Crete.
Local sites reveal there has been continuous habitation in this area for 5000 years. The Minoan culture is one of the most fascinating subjects of local sites. The village has Minoan, Byzantine and Folklore museums to explore.
Local hiking and walks include a section of the E4 European Walk Path and hikes in amongst sycamore forests to Fourni forest, Silamiano Gorge or Mount Giouktas.
There are many tavernas, cafes and restaurants. Lykastos, Trioroukouno, Bakaliko, Tzibaeri are lovely local tavernas serving fresh vegetables, delicious cuisine all punctuated with the local wine and olive oil.
Enjoy traditional Cretan food at Peskesi, Kritamon, To Spitiko or Zevitas, the latter is a wine bar where you can enjoy local wines, ouzo or the local tsikoudia, or perhaps something a little softer, to while away the evening.
Archanes Crete - we suggest beautiful, charismatic accommodation to enjoy the local culture.
This traditional 19th century mansion in the centre of the village of Archanes, dating from 1893, has been lovingly restored and created into the Arhontiko studios for guests. There are two studios sleeping four visitors each. This building is declared a 'Protected Historical Building'.
With every detail of the restoration attended to, from the stone work to the furniture and decoration. The result is comfortable, authentic and cozy. We often recommend this accommodation for those flying into Heraklion airport, it is close without the need to go into busy downtown Heraklion.
Villa Archanes is a blend of historic and modern with a beautifully restored village home now offering a pool and terraces.
true country hospitality, wonderful tasty Cretan breakfasts and a
spacious, stylish family mansion house originally dating from 1890.
Traditional stonework, lovely chunky wooden beams, handcrafted Cretan furnishings and attention to detail make these rooms a pleasure to stay in.
Choose from a one-bedroom villa which sleeps 2 guests or a two-bedroom villa, with space for 4 guests.
Agriela Villa in Sgourokefali village is 15 km from Arhanes village and 19 km from Heraklion. This hamlet with views to the sea is a quiet rural retreat, yet close to everything. Visit the beaches, go into the town of Heraklion to see museums or get your fresh fruit and vegetables at the local markets.
This two storey village home has been beautifully restored in traditional style to make a modern comfortable holiday home with everything you need for a short or long stay. With three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and capacity for 8 guests, this home features an open kitchen and dining area and a lovely spacious pool and courtyard. This is a very homey, yet stylish, traditional experience of the Cretan country lifestyle.
The location is handy for visits to Knossos Palace, the beaches and local wineries.
In town you will discover a modern, vibrant city with a very fun, upbeat vibe, especially around the Koraii cafe quarter. Most visitors go to the archaeological museum but there is so much more to see. We love to walk the pedestrian streets, enjoy the architecture and the 'agora' or markets.
Archanes Crete - in the region of Heraklion, there is just so much to explore, take your car or a local bus to Heraklion then take the bus to Matala to the south to see some of the most important archaeological sites in Crete.
And don't forget the wineries along the way!
The video below shows the journey from busy Heraklion town through beautiful green countryside to Archanes Crete, visiting a historic spring and a gorge with caves along the way.
The video below shows a lovely walk in springtime around the village of Arhanes.
See the location of the village on the map of Crete below.
Archanes Crete - The closest airport is Heraklion International Airport (code HER) which is only 15 km
Flights depart Athens (code ATH) many times a day and the flight time is only 1 hour.
Details about air and sea travel below.
To get to this village by hire car, take a short 20 minute drive from the airport, mostly on country roads, which makes a very relaxed start to your holiday in Crete.
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