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About the area

Koutouloufari is a small village located at the root of Mount Harakas, 26km east of the city of Heraklion. Having maintained a traditional and peaceful character throughout the years of rapid touristic development in the surrounding region and at a close distance from sites of archaeological, historical, cultural and athletic interest, Koutouloufari is the ideal destination for those who seek an alternative vacation plan.

Piskopiano and Hersonissos (the Greek word for “peninsula”) are two small villages, both at a walking distance from Koutouloufari, which have also maintained a traditional style.

Limani Hersonissou (the Greek words for Port of Hersonissos) is a seaside town 25km east from the city of Heraklion. Limani Hersonissou served as an important seaport and commercial center from the Ancient on to the Roman and Byzantine Times. The contemporary town stands over the ruins of ancient Hersonissos and is a cosmopolitan touristic destination, famous for the sandy beaches and vivid night life.

The region of Lagada (the Greek word for “valley”), a place of outstanding natural beauty, is located southwest of Koutouloufari and consists of the villages Potamies, Avdou, Gonies and Kera. The traditional architecture of the villages that are surrounded by olive groves, plane trees, orchards, water streams, small plateaus, caves and gorges award visitors with moments of peace and tranquility. The cultural heritage of the region includes remains of Roman water-bridges that provided water to Hersonissos, as well the monasteries of Gouverniotissa in Potamies and Kardiotissa in Kera, that continue to attract historical interest and many worshippers throughout the year. Extremely rich in fauna and flora, large areas of the region have been integrated in the NATURA 2000 ecological network.

Heraklion

Heraklion is the largest city and capital of the island of Crete. For centuries the city was known as Candia, an adaptation of the Greek name “Χάνδαξ” (pronounced Chándax, the Greek word for “moat”), which was used to describe a big moat constructed around the city by the Arab occupators in the 9th century AD. Nowadays, Heraklion is considered one of the most important commercial and touristic centers of Greece.

Chania

Chania is the second largest city in Crete. The city bears a rich historical and cultural background and was the capital of Crete until 1971.

Rethymnon

Rethymnon, the third largest city in Crete, lies between Heraklion and Chania. Built on the ruins of old Rithimnia, Rethymnon is popular for its Old Town and its old Venetian Port.

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is the capital of Lasithi Prefecture. Famous for its Lake Voulismeni, the town attracts many tourists all year round. Near Agios Nikolaos is the small island of Spinalonga, which served as a fort in the Venetian Era and as a leper colony in the first half of the 20th century.

PO Box 2345, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos 70014, Crete, Greece Tel: +30-2810220951 Mobile: +30-6983948986, +30-6974803692, +30-6937120395 Fax: +30-2810220951 email: info@danaevillas.gr ΜΗΤΕ 1039K91003155800