Agios Georgios

La plage Agios Georgios se trouve au sud de la Crète, un peu plus loin de Agia Galini. C’est un endroit loin de la cohue et du bruit de la vie urbaine. Le long de la plage vierge aux eaux cristallines le rend un lieu idéal pour des vacances agréables.

Sur la route vers Agios Georgios, vous trouverez plusieurs chemins qui vous mènent à des petites chapelles ou à des petites plages de galets tranquilles et calmes.

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Attractions

Monastère d’ Arkadi

Un monastère reputé de l’ ile pour son inestimable contribution à l’ insurrection crétoise contre l’ esclavage. L’apogée de l’ insurrection a lieu avec le massacre du monastère, où le 8 novembre 1866, plusieurs centaines de rebelles crétois ainsi que des femmes et des enfants préfèrent mourir en faisant sauter la réserve de poudre du monastère plutôt que de se rendre. A visiter absolument. Il possède un petit mais très important musée sur l’ histoire de la Crète.

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Rouva forest

The holly grove of Rouvas is located 55km south of Heraklion and 16km north of Gergeri village, in one of the most rugged and secluded parts of Crete. This isolation is the main reason for its existence, since humans have fortunately not destroyed that like all the other lost forests of Crete.

Rouvas forest develops in a small - depression - plateau at the southern part of Psiloritis mountain. One can approach the forest either from Gergeri village through the forest road, or from Nida Plateau again through a forest road or even by walking in the European hiking trail E4, starting from the Zaros lake, crossing the amazing Gorge of Agios Nikolaos and reaching the forest after 2 hours.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The Herakleion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Herakleion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.

The museum, located in the town centre, was built between 1937 and 1940 by architect Patroklos Karantinos on a site previously occupied by the Roman Catholic monastery of Saint-Francis which was destroyed by earthquake in 1856. The museum's antiseismic building is an important example of modernist architecture and was awarded a Bauhaus commendation. Karantinos applied the principles of modern architecture to the specific needs of a museum by providing good lighting from the skylights above and along the top of the walls, and facilitating the easy flow of large groups of people. He also anticipated future extensions to the museum.

The colours and construction materials, such as the veined polychrome marbles, recall certain Minoan wall-paintings which imitate marble revetment. The two-storeyed building has large exhibition spaces, laboratories, a drawing room, a library, offices and a special department, the so-called Scientific Collection, where numerous finds are stored and studied. The museum shop, run by the Archaeological Receipts Fund, sells museum copies, books, postcards and slides. There is also a cafe.

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Daedalus and Icarus

In Agia Galini is also the cave of Daedalus, where according to myth, Daedalus hid himself whilst being pursued by king Minos and together with his son Icarus, managed to fly to freedom using his self-built wings glued with wax

The rock that Daedalus and Icarus used as a base for their flight is located on the right side of the port facing the sea, still seeing them off on their doomed journey.

At this spot there are two statues, these of Daedalus and Icarus as they get prepared for their journey, which are easily accessible to the visitor.

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Knossos

L’ antique capitale de l’ ile, Knossos, est sans doute l’ un de trois sites archéologiques les plus importants de Grèce avec Athènes et Delphes. Le palais de Knossos constituait le centre politique, religieux, militaire, commercial et administratif de l’ ile à l’ époque minoenne et son état de conservartion est exceptionnel. À visiter absolument.

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Agios Paulos beach

En arrivant à Saint Paul on découvre une petite plage pittoresque de pierre et de rochers. Au côté Ouest de Saint Paul se situe une fameuse plage avec des dunes à laquelle il est possible d’ accéder mais d’ une certaine difficulté.

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