Archanes-Asterousia

Travel Guide
In this area of Crete, seek out the charming village of Archanes, just a short drive from Heraklion, to discover archaeological treasures and some fine walks.

Archanes-Asterousia is a municipality of Crete. One of the most interesting places in this area is the village of Archanes, located in the hills south of Heraklion, the island’s capital city. Walk through the beautifully restored village and visit its four main archaeological sites. See the best of the relics found at these sites in the excellent archaeological museum before taking a walk in the nearby mountains. Relax with a meal and a glass of wine in one of the many fine cafés in the old town square.

Wander along the narrow streets and admire the bright blooms of the flowers and fruit trees that line the pavement. Walk to the nearest archaeological site, an old Minoan graveyard at the edge of the village. Three other sites lie nearby, all of which have been locations for important finds. Visit the Archaeological Museum to see the recovered ancient Greek ceramics, artifacts and tools on display. The museum is free to enter and is open daily except Tuesdays.

Climb the E4 hiking trail up Mount Yiouhtas. This trail starts in the village center and takes you to the ancient chapel, Afentis Christos, at the top of the mountain. Look for sheep and goats grazing along the rugged trail. These are not wild animals be sure to close any gates that you pass through. Enjoy stunning views across Heraklion and beyond.

Head back to the square in the late afternoon and watch as the locals make their way home for the day. Several cafés and restaurants serve typical Greek cuisine: seafood, goat dishes, flaky pastries, yogurt and olives. Pair your Cretan meal with a superb wine grown in the vineyards surrounding the village.

Archane is located less than 30 minutes by car south of Heraklion. Make a comfortable daytrip. Places to stay are limited, so make sure you book ahead if you want to extend your visit.

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Inotropes Boutique Suites - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Ano Archanes, Crete, Archanes-Asterousia, Crete, 701 00
The price is $104 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a library. Popular attractions Shrine at Anemospilia ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Glorious and chich remodel -- luxury abounds
"The one-bedroom spa suite suite was amazing--quiet, beautifully designed and tucked away in the lovely wine-making town of Archanes. Our host Effy greeted up personallly with a bottle of local wine and made sure we had everything we needed. (And everything needed was there!--comfortable sheets, luxurious ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

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Manili Boutique Suites & Villas
Manili Boutique Suites & Villas
5 out of 5
Ano Archanes, Archanes-Asterousia, 70100
The price is $144 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Shrine at Anemospilia and ...
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Eliathos Residence Houses
Eliathos Residence Houses
4 out of 5
Eliathos Residence Houses, Archanes-Asterousia, Crete Island, 70100
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an attached winery. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"Very quiet and tranquil. Village (Archanes) walkable all be it very steep hill on way back. You get to walk of some of the excellent food available in the village."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Eliathos Residence Houses
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Petronikolis Traditional House
Petronikolis Traditional House
2 out of 5
Houdetsi, Archanes-Asterousia, Crete Island, 70100
The price is $59 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this golf aparthotel in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the convenient parking ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
"This accommodation was so lovely and quaint. The surrounding village was nestled in a rocky valley and seemed very charming with fruit trees and sheep in the yards. We wish we could have stayed longer."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Petronikolis Traditional House
Inotropes Boutique Suites - Adults Only
Inotropes Boutique Suites - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Ano Archanes, Crete, Archanes-Asterousia, Crete, 701 00
The price is $104 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a library. Popular attractions Shrine at Anemospilia ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Glorious and chich remodel -- luxury abounds
"The one-bedroom spa suite suite was amazing--quiet, beautifully designed and tucked away in the lovely wine-making town of Archanes. Our host Effy greeted up personallly with a bottle of local wine and made sure we had everything we needed. (And everything needed was there!--comfortable sheets, luxurious ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Inotropes Boutique Suites - Adults Only
Manili Boutique Suites & Villas
Manili Boutique Suites & Villas
5 out of 5
Ano Archanes, Archanes-Asterousia, 70100
The price is $144 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Archanes-Asterousia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Shrine at Anemospilia and ...
Manili Boutique Suites & Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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