Athens, the capital of Greece, is situated 240 miles (386 kilometers) to the northwest of Koutsounari, while Heraklion is 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the northwest.
It's a missed chance if you limit yourself to the points of interest in Koutsounari because the whole region is laced with plenty of interesting sights and attractions. Kato Simi and Sitia are two other places worth seeing while you're in Crete Island.
When you are ready to head further afield beyond Koutsounari, why not check out the nearest regional center. Agios Nikolaos lies 14 miles (23 kilometers) away and features attractions such as Spinalonga Castle, Lato and Lake Voulismeni. Agios Nikolaos Archaeological Museum and Gournia Archaeological Site are also good to visit.
Crete Island is a perfect place to explore for those who get excited about open-air museums. Discover some of the pieces of the region's rich cultural makeup within Crete Island's fascinating history museums and mansions.
Those adventurous souls searching for action shouldn't miss the chance to test their limits by signing up for a hiking or horse riding adventure. If you tend to kick back while you are on a holiday, Crete Island has some good relaxing activities for you, like beach combing and picnicking.
When your time is up in Crete Island, no doubt you'll bid this region a teary "Yiá sou" But be comforted by the fact that you'll be leaving with photos and memories that you'll have for years to come.