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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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.