Archanes is a beautiful town in eastern Crete built at an altitude of 380 meters. It is 14 kilometers from the city and airport of Heraklion and only 7 kilometers from the Minoan palace of Knossos. The greater area of Arhanes is one of the important archaeological sites of Crete.
The visitor’s interest during his stay at the ARHONTIKO remains undiminished for many days with the various activities he can have. Touring the beautiful Arhanes will delight him.
Strolls through the narrow streets of the old town, visits to the Minoan, Byzantine and Folklore museums to discover the local history. The multitude of traditional and historic buildings, scattered across the town will simply enchant you!
You can visit the various restaurants and taverns at the central square to discover the world famous Cretan cuisine or the exquisite Arhanes wines. Discover the methods the people of Crete used to produce their precious products, wine and olive oil, by visiting the traditional olive and wine presses.
For those that prefer trekking and walks in nature, there’s a lot to choose from: walk up to the sacred mount Jiouktas, where according to ancient mythology, Zeus, the father of Gods and Humans has been buried. Walk along E4, the European trail to the Silamiano gorge under the thick shade of oaks and sycamores.