Heraklion

The Minoans

The Minoans - the People Who Loved the Sea

In Heraklion's Archaeological Museum you are presented with tantalizing fragments left by the Minoans, a civilization so truly ancient, (from circa 2000 - 1450 BC) that you feel, along with the rest of what comprises the 21st century, like a very brash and ignorant newcomer to this planet.

In the upstairs rooms the walls are covered with large frescoes.

Odysseas Elytis

Odysseas Elytis - To Axion Esti

Odysseas Elytis]Odysseas Elytis Οδυσσέας Ελύτης (Odysseas Alepoudhelis) was born in Heraklion, Crete, into a prosperous Cretan family.

He is considered as one of the most important Greek poets and representatives of modernism in Greece.

His parents and ancestors came from the island of Lesbos, home of the ancient Greek poet Sappho.

Elytis studied law at Athens University from 1930 to 1935 without taking a degree. He worked periodically in the family's soap manufacturing business.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis -
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free

KazantzakisNikos Kazantzakis (Νίκος Καζαντζάκης) (February 18, 1883, Heraklion, Crete - October 26, 1957, Freiburg, Germany) author of poems, novels, essays, plays, and travel books, was arguably the most important and most translated Greek writer and philosopher of the 20th century.

Yet he did not become truly well known until the 1964 release of the Michael Kakoyiannis film Zorba the Greek, based on Kazantzakis's novel whose English translation has the same title.

Archanes

Archanes - The traditional face of Crete

Archanes or Arhanes is a beautiful small town, some 15 km south of Heraklion. From prehistoric years to this date it has been an important financial centre of the surrounding area. It is also the archaeological site of an ancient Minoan settlement.

Malia

Malia Crete - Famous at all times

Malia or Mallia is a coastal town located 36 km east of Heraklion built on the bay of the same name. Malia is one of Crete’s biggest package holiday resorts.

Malia Holidays

Matala

Matala Crete - The former Hippie Destination that maintains its low-key atmosphere

Matala is a village located 75 km south-west of Heraklion. It is part of the municipality of Tympaki, and the Heraklion Prefecture. Famous since ancient times for its magnificent cave-pocked cliffs, Matala was a prime hippie destination in the 1960's.