Agia Pelagia in Heraklion
In the northern part of the island of Crete in Heraklion, and only 20 km from the capital city of the same name, is Agia Pelagia.
It is considered as a distinguished tourist resort on the island and it is a hub for anyone wishing to visit the sightseeing of the island.
The village of Agia Pelagia is a seaside one and the houses are built around the coast in an amphitheatrical style. On west, it is surrounded by the Gulf of Lygaria and on the east, of the Bay of Mononaftis. It must be noted that the views are amazing.
The sea and the Agia Pelagia
Agia Pelagia is an attractive place known for its beaches. As it is "protected" by the bay, the sea remains calm and clear even if it is blowing in the Cretan Sea. Apart from the amazing sea, the golden beaches play an important role in the attraction of the tourists.
Beyond this, Agia Pelagia is a magnet for lovers of water activities such as jet - skiing, sailing and canoeing or they can rent paddle boats. It is useful to note that the water is deep with great clarity.
You are invited to enjoy a beautiful walk along the beach. During this route, you will encounter restaurants, cafes and bars, so you have the opportunity to enjoy what you want with the company of the sea.
If someone wants less crowded beaches, he can visit the west side of Agia Pelagia, where the beaches of Kladissos, Psaromoura, Mononaftis are.
In the region there is a large hotel development with the construction of several shelters, and conference centers, restaurants and nightclubs are emerging, offering breathtaking views.
There are colorful buildings everywhere with markings of many kinds. Away from the beach, in a much quieter place, is the church of Agia Pelagia, from which the area got its name. It is built in the 13th century and the Agia Pelagia's icon is considered miraculous.
You can easily find it following the signs and if you decide to visit it on October 8 - the day of celebration - you just follow the crowds that go to pray.
Excursions from Agia Pelagia
Starting from Agia Pelagia and by using public transportation, you can visit many interesting places:
- The Archaeological site of Knossos is located 25 km on the east.
- The Fodele, where the Museum of El Greco is found 10 km west.
- The cave of Gerontospilios in Melidoni with its particular history and the astonishing geological wealth.
For your stay in Heraklion, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the Agia Pelagia, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
The access to Agia Pelagia is easy and convenient via the existing road network, with your own car or using public transport.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest..