Walk the small alleys of Asites Vilalge,  get in touch with the local culture and learn about the customs of this area, collect local herbs and visit one of the plenty local traditional businesses (wineries, Diamantaki Winery is a great one, craftwork labors). Test your skills by cooking local specialties in the wood oven of Asiion Lithos, the grill or in the kitchen with the help of a local chef.

Visit the nearby monastery of Saint Georgioy of Gorgoeleimon or Gorgolaini which has Venish landmarks from 1617 with a fabrilate lion. The monastery was very probably built during the last few years of Venish hold  in Crete. The Turks has destroyed it three times and each time was rebuilt. This monastery played very important role in the revolutions because his place in the mountains. 

Lovers of hiking will find here their heart’s desire; the village of Asites is located at the foot of Psiloritis Mountain, very close to the marked pathway E4 ( Venerato-Asites ).  And for the most experienced, it is about 1 hour walk from Asites Village up to the Prinos refuge at 1.200 meters. 

The nearby gorges of Saint Charalampos and Saint Antonios are offered for naturalist walks and excursions of recreation. The gorge of Saint Antonios is found Easternly the village of Ano Asites. In his entry you will see the small chapel that gave the name in the andscape, Saint Antonios. The studies showed that in this gorge exist 80 species of flora, from which the 4 are protected, according to Community directive 92/43. Have been counted also 24 species of fauna, from which the 11 are protected.

Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Trizinia at 2 km and the Monastery Moni Palianis near Venerato.

Explore the secrets of local wine at one of the nearby wineries (Diamantakis and Douloufakis Winery, Tamiolakis Winery). 

The nearest beaches are those of the north coast: Amoudara at 15 km and Ligaria close to Agia Pelagia, at 30 km.  The lovely beaches of the southern coast are approximately 40 km away: Kalamaki, Komos and Agios Pavlos and the beaches of wilder character: Agiofarago, Vathi and Marsalo.

Head into Heraklion Town (24 km) to sip iced coffee or Greek coffee and eat a bougatsa (a pastry that wraps up a yummy custard and then is sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar) around the 17th-century Morosini fountain. Don't miss to explore the Venetian sea walls and fortress and visit the Archeological Museum (it's currently closed for renovation, but there's a temporary exhibition to explore). The Museum, as Knossos as well, is almost always crowded (at least in Summer) therefore try to see it early or late for during everyone else's lunch break.

Or maybe you would like to drive down south to Gortyna, Phaestos, Zaros or the south coast lapping on the shore at Lentas or the cave-surrounded beach of Matala. The scenic drive via time-worn villages, to Amari is also within reach.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the travel experience in Crete is the island’s food and the wine treasures. This region has a valuable heritage of several traditional local varieties and superb wineries. Please ask Nikos the owner for more information.

More activities around Heraklion, here.

Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Houses Mountain :
Rooms: 4 Village Atmosphere :
Pool: Yes, Shared Cheap & Chic :
Dining: Self Catering Family hospitality :
Children: Welcome Family :
Closed: Never Rural :

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