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Adele Community

Tel: +30 28313 41011, 41030, 41023
Fax: +30 28313 72125

Anogia Community

  The historic Anogia region lies in the north slopes of Psiloritis Mountain, between two hills, at a height of 740 metres. As mythology has it, it was here that Zeus was brought up. At the foot of the high peak, the cave of Idaeon Antron was used as a worship site from Minoan through to Hellenistic and Roman eras.
  The hospitable highlanders who live in Anogia gave preserved their manners and customs through the ages. The spoken variation of modern Greek still includes a considerable number of words from the ancient Greek language, while Anogia residents have made a name for themselves for their cheerfulness, dancing and music, as well as for their folk Cretan couplets.
  The wider region of Anogia is ideal for mountaineering, push-biking, walking tours, naturalist tourism and skiing at the snow-ski centre. The area is also rich in sights and visitors will have a highly interesting time not only in admiring the flora and fauna, the many caves and precipices, but also in visiting the Nidas plateau, the Vroulidia forest, Kampoi and the springs of Zomithos, Trigiodiou, Varsamou etc. Other interesting sights one must visit in the area are the Byzantine church of St. John, the Gryllios Woodcarving Museum, the Old Anogian Domicile, the textile workshop, the Minoan settlement in Zomithos and many more.
  In this unique area of exceptional natural beauty, visitors will become acquainted with the authentic, genuine Cretan lifestyle on one of Greece’s most scenic mountains.
  The area is equipped with many tourist farm lodgings, while the numerous tavernas, restaurants and endless good mood of the locals provide for a matchless good time.
  Anogia is only 35 km away from Heraclion and 54 km from Rethymno.
This text is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Anogia tourist pamphlet.

LAPPEI (Municipality) RETHYMNO
  The Municipality of Lappaioi has a population of 2585 and it covers 51,132,000 sq.m. It is situated near the boundaries of the prefectures of Rethymno and Chania and it stretches from the beach of Episkopi to the massif of Miriokefala and Alona. It is only 10 km from Rethymno, 40 km from the city of Chania and a mere 75 km from the capital Heraklion. This gives the area great advantages since the visitor has easy access, through the newly constructed national road, to all Crete’s centres.
  Moreover through the road that crosses the Municipality, southern Crete is in fast and easy reach. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a tourist during a day-trip could go as far as the palm forest of Vai on the eastern edge of Crete and of course spend the night in his hotel at Lappa. The Municipality of Lappaioi has some very beautiful villages, which are scattered to the hills and mountains between the rivers Mouzela and Petre. Starting from the northern section of the Municipality we find ourselves at Episkopi. The area had been settled from the 1st Byzantine period (325-824) according to the ruins of an early-Christian church temple, which was discovered in 1959 near the spring Fountana.
  To the south of Episkopi and in a distance of 4 km is Argiroupoli in the place of ancient Lappa. Lappa was one of the greatest cities of ancient Crete and flourished in the Roman period, which is estimated from the extent of the remains that it numbered around 10,000 inhabitants. Many houses of Argiroupoli are created by building materials from ancient Lappa.
  Continuing our route to south, we reach the mountainous village, called Miriokefala. The village is known from the Monastery, which is situated here, in which an icon of Panaghia of Byzantine technique has been preserved.
  The Municipality has also some very beautiful and picturesque village such as: Karoti, Archontiki, Kato Poros, Vilanthretho, Arolithi, Alones, Roubatho and Maroulou, to which the passage of the Venetians has left the markings of that era (such as smoothly polished stones, the beautiful door frames and the doors themselves with Latin inscriptions etc). The "dowry" however of the Municipality of Lappaioi isn’t limited only to beautiful villages but it also includes regions of exceptional natural beauty, historical and archeological monuments and buildings, churches and traditional settlements.
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Municipality of Lappes tourist pamphlet.

Pigi Community

Tel: +30 28310 71669

  Skaleta, a picturesque and historical settlement, stretches on the shores of the Cretan Sea about 12 kilometres east of the town of Rethymno and 67 km west of Heraklion.
  The harbour, which was in use during the second Byzantine period, the churches of Zoodochou Pighis (live-giving spring) and of St. Nicholas, as well as archaeological finds in the environment testify the existence of a period that has been forgotten during the course of the centuries.
  Skaleta’s large, sandy beach, which is sometimes caressed, at other times fiercely beaten by the sea, is surrounded by low hills, from the top of which a spectacular view is offered to the visitor, especially at sunset. This beach is one of the last hatching places of the caretta-caretta turtle. Also, the seal monachus-monachus, which until recently was in danger of extinction, had found a place of refuge here.
  The rocky part of the coastal area boasts a number of caves, the Poseidon cave being the most important among them, to which access is possible from the sea only. Inside, bizarre formations of stalactites and stalagmites, reflecting the whole spectrum of colours, indeed display a "divine picture". At the entrance of the Poseidon cave, a huge stalgmite in the shape of a lion seems to watch over the enormous cave. Next to it, a peculiar accumulation of rocks could have been the "gate of the nymphs", under which the mermaids prepared themselves before they entered the cave of the great god of the seas.
  The historical and mythological background of the village of Skaleta as well as the beauty of the landscape make this resort particularly attractive to the visitor who wishes to pass agreeable holidays on this island.
  Luxurious hotel units, travel agencies, which offer organized excursions to all parts of the island, trips around the village and its vicinity on a picturesque train, car and motorbike rentals, jeweler's and souvenir shops, super-markets, tavernas and cafes, all these give evidence of the development and the infra-structure achieved in this area in the field of tourism.
  In 1997, the blue flag for clean beaches and sea water was awarded to Skaleta, which proves that the area is clean and free of pollution.
  Picturesque villages in the vicinity such as Prinos, Episkopi, Magnisia, and Stavromenos as well as the monastery of Arsani invite the visitor for walks and give him the opportunity to get to know the locals.
This text is cited February 2004 from the Scaleta Cultural Society tourist pamphlet.

Skouloufia Community

Tel: +30 28340 93345

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