Vori Crete

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A village home in Vori, Crete (image by Mark Latter)

Vori Crete - Βώροι - is a rural  village with a true Cretan character, located in the southern region of Heraklion, just 60 km from Heraklion Town and 64 km from Heraklion International Airport.

In the Village

A village house in Vori with flowers

Vori village street in Crete (image by Mark Latter)Vori village street in Crete

Vori village house in Crete (image by Mark Latter)Vori village house

If you are looking for quiet and peaceful surroundings, as well as an insight into the real Crete behind the beaches and towns,  you will love spending time in a small village.

Vori is just such a village, which is proud of its heritage and rural way of life, and locals are happy to welcome travellers to its unadulterated small lanes and simple kafenions, of which there are two in the village.

The entrance sign to Vori village in southern Crete (image by Mark Latter)The entrance sign to Vori village in southern Crete

Plateia in Vori, Crete (image by Mark Latter)Plateia in Vori, Crete

Quiet plateia in Vori, Crete

Relaxing in the Kafenion in Vori (image by Mark Latter)Relaxing in the Kafenion in Vori

Plateia Kafenion in Vori village (image by Mark Latter)Plateia Kafenion in Vori village

Despina Traditional Kafenion, Vori (image by Mark Latter)Despina Traditional Kafenion, Vori

Vori is surrounded by olive groves and farms in the fertile Messara Valley. This fertility was one of the reasons that the Minoan Palace of Phaistos was located here, the ruins of which are just 2 km from Vori village.

Olive oil, citrus fruits, raisins, wine and spirits are all made here in the village, as well as other crops and vegetables from both agricultural and private gardens.

Records of settlement in this village date back to the Minoan period, which means people have been living here in one way or another since 1800 BC.

The layers of history here are waiting to be discovered, you will see evidence of Minoan, Venetian and Turkish cultures as well as neoclassical Cretan architecture and simple modern village homes.

The significance of the collection of historical buildings, churches, homes and the way of life in the old zone of the village led to it being honoured by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a 'traditional protected village' as long ago as 1978.

You will see a vibrant, healthy, traditional village when you come to visit here.

Historical Significance

Vori Church

Vori Crete - explore the features of historical significance in the village and surrounds including:

  • Museum of Cretan Ethnology
  • Church of the Virgin Mary
  • Church of Agia Pelagia
  • Temple of Agios Ioannis
  • Old Turkish Baths
  • Old Towers
  • Phaistos Archaeological Site
  • Agia Triada Archaeological Site
  • Monastery of Panagia Kardiotissa

Mosaic of the Virgin MaryMosaic of the Virgin Mary, Vori

Beaches Nearby

Matala Beach - here the bay can be seen framed by the walls of one of the ancient burial caves on the peninsulaMatala Beach - here the bay can be seen framed by the walls of one of the ancient burial caves on the peninsula

Vori Crete - when you are staying in Vori village you will discover that the area has many beaches to visit with a car:

Matala Beach is 16 km south-west (image by Mark Latter)Matala Beach is 16 km south-west

The Red Castle fish taverna on the beach at Kokkinos PirgosThe Red Castle fish taverna on the beach at Kokkinos Pirgos

Pachia Ammos Beach near Tris Ekklisies VillagePachia Ammos Beach near Tris Ekklisies Village

Vori Accommodation

Vori Crete - there are choices of accommodation around Vori Village, both in the village and  just outside the village. We have chosen a variety that are locally run, where you will experience the real Cretan hospitality.

Vintage House Vori

This small and affordable village house in the centre of Vori will give you an experience of living like a local. Vintage House Vori is just a typical village house. Available are a double room and a three-person room, with shared bathrooms.

Archontiko Vori Village

The Archontiko in Vori is a beautifully restored old home, full of character and stories and again, giving you the experience of living like a local. With 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, the home welcomes 6 guests with a full kitchen and all the elements to make up a comfortable stay.

Patriko Country House in the traditional village of Vori, Crete

Patriko Country House is a free standing home on the outskirts of the village yet just 300 m from the centre. It has a beautiful private leafy garden as well as 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom housing 6 guests in comfortable, quiet rural surroundings.

View from the Thalori Resort

To the east, higher up in the mountains, is the unique retreat of Thalori Resort in the village of Kapetaniana. Get away from it all in the fresh air and open spaces, feel the pulse of the land and mountains here, in this beautifully restored mountain village, 37 km Vori village.

Heraklion Town

The Venetian ruin and old Turkish coffee house in Kournaros Square, HeraklionThe Venetian ruin and old Turkish coffee house in Kournaros Square, Heraklion

If you do fly into Crete via Heraklion Airport, you may want to stay a while to enjoy the highlights of Heraklion town, which include:

  • Liondaria Fountain
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Old Venetian Harbour and Koules Fortress
  • Agios Titos Church and Square
  • Pedestrian Shopping Streets
  • 1866 Local Market
  • Koraii Cafes and Bars
  • Memorial to Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Kournarou Square

Visit the Old Port of Heraklion, see the Venetian Fortress, the fishing fleet and the Venetian Arsenal, have coffee down by the bayVisit the Old Port of Heraklion, see the Venetian Fortress, the fishing fleet and the Venetian Arsenal, have coffee down by the bay


Scala Taverna on Matala BeachScala Taverna on Matala Beach

Vori Crete - there are several tavernas, cafes, a bakery and shops in Vori Village. You will receive the freshest ingredients and authentic local food.

Within driving distance you can also visit these seafood tavernas:

  • Scala Taverna in Matala
  • Red Castle Taverna in Kokkinos Pirgos

Seafood tavernas to try in Heraklion Town:

  • Paralia near the Old Harbour
  • Kastella near the Old Harbour

Exploring Heraklion Crete

Gortyna Roman ruins have a story to tellGortyna Roman ruins have a story to tell

In the region of Heraklion, there is just so much to explore:

Getting Here

Old wooden doors of Vori (image by Mark Latter)Old wooden doors of Vori

Vori Crete - take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airlines, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

If you arrive into the airport or port of Heraklion, it is a journey of 60 km to Vori Village.

If you pick up your hire car from Heraklion Airport, it is a very interesting drive to Knossos Palace and then through the vine regions of Archanes and then south to Dafnes, Agia Varvara, Agioi Deka and Mires.

When you get to the signposts for Phaistos Archaeological site, you will continue 2 km to the south and west to the village of Vori.

To get to Vori by bus take the Agia Galini or Timbaki bus from Heraklion Bus Station A at the port. The journey duration is around 1 and a half hours and the cost is under €8.00, see bus info here.

Getting here by flights, ferries and hire car below:

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Vori Crete on the Map

Vori Crete - see the location of the village in the central southern Heraklion region on the map below:

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