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Archanes Village

The small village of Archanes sits at the foothill of Mount Giouchtas, and it is relatively close to the capital of the island, Heraklion. Its history extends back over 5,000 years, which makes it one of the most traditional settlements in Crete.

The village retains the mountain atmosphere of the island thanks to restoration works carried out with European Union funds. Respectful of its original characteristics, these recovery works have earned it an award as the second best-restored village in Europe.

Moreover, the settlement also won the first place in long-term development with its newly stone-paved streets. Blooming trees, kafenia (traditional local cafés), and traditional restaurants like Mrs Katy’s ‘Lycastos’ are part of its unique landscape.

Good to Know

Distance from the city center
15 km
Traditional food tasting, hiking
Places of interest nearby
Lycastos Tavern, Agia Eirini Spilia, Lyrarakis Winery, Paterianakis Winery, Tamiolakis Winery, Gavala Winery, Synadinakis Winery, Titakis Winery