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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.

Top Hotels in Archanes-Asterousia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mantilari Estate, Pristine Nature! Two Private Swimming Pools!
Mantilari Estate, Pristine Nature! Two Private Swimming Pools!
Archanes-Asterousia, Crete

This family-friendly Archanes-Asterousia villa is located by the ocean, 5.8 mi (9.4 km) from Musical Workshop Labyrinth, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Watercity ...

Mantilari Estate, Pristine Nature! Two Private Swimming Pools!
Greece, Crete, Green Farm-small Paradise!
Greece, Crete, Green Farm-small Paradise!
Archanes-Asterousia, Crete Island
The price is $55 per night

Situated in Archanes-Asterousia, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Musical Workshop Labyrinth and within 9 mi (15 km) of Palace of Knossos and Nikos ...

Greece, Crete, Green Farm-small Paradise!
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sunset home crete 1
Archanes-Asterousia, Crete
The price is $72 per night

Situated in Archanes-Asterousia, this apartment building is within 25 mi (40 km) of Koudoumas Monastery, Koudoumas Beach, and Canyon Saint Sava. Gortys and Museum ...

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Popular places to visit in Archanes-Asterousia

Heraklion Port
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Heraklion Port

4.5/5(139 reviews)

Spend an afternoon wandering around this ancient harbor and admiring the fortress and ancient walls or take a trip to one of the nearby islands.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4.5/5(100 reviews)

One of Europe’s most important museums has five millennia of Cretan history on display, including the exceptional Minoan exhibit.

Palace of Knossos
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Palace of Knossos

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Take a tour around one of Europe’s most spectacular archaeological sites, where Greek myths have been made and great treasures discovered.

Port of Hersonissos
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Port of Hersonissos

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Limenas Chersonisou with a trip to Port of Hersonissos. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this quaint area, or check out its lively bars.

Historical Museum of Crete
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Historical Museum of Crete

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Trace the history of this ancient town through its numerous periods and discover traditional art and fascinating stories.

Koules Fortress
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Koules Fortress

4.5/5(44 reviews)

The prominent symbol of Heraklion, this imposing fortress by the harbor has protected the city for over 500 years.

Top things to do in Archanes-Asterousia

Private Shore Excursion: Crete Tour, Winery & Archanes
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Private Shore Excursion: Crete Tour, Winery & Archanes

$949
Per adult
Sea Cave Boat Cruise on the Black Rose
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Sea Cave Boat Cruise on the Black Rose

74% of travellers recommend
$44
Per adult
4x4 Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch
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4x4 Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

98% of travellers recommend
$79
Per adult
Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket with Audio Tour
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Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket with Audio Tour

$25
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Heraklion
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Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Heraklion

$22
Per adult
Heraklion Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass
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Heraklion Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

$16
Per adult

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