A treasure of nature
Crete has an astounding array of flora and fauna species.Being separated from the mainland for millions of years it also hosts many indigenous spieces,found nowhere else in the world. The wild goat Kri-Kri (capra aegagrous cretensis) that is mainly found in the gorge of Samaria is the most famous example.During spring a great variety of wild flowers blossom making Crete a paradise for botanists and nature-lovers.
Matala beach and the caves in the background
The beach next to the village is small but beautiful and comfortable because that near to the few hotels or hostels. THe water is not always absolutely clean but has got a beautiful green color, you can watch to the ground.
Those small shrines
The miniature churches or shrines next to the roads are memorials for people killed in a car accident, at the same spot where the accident happened. The family of the deceased construct and maintain them . They contain a photo of the deceased, some religious objects and a lit candle or lamp.
Visit Famous Lyraraki Winery
It is certain there is not a family in Crete, that at some time during the year, has not either been directly or indirectly involved in the production of Cretan wine. For it is from this huge island’s vineyards, that Cretan wine has so unsparingly been given to all that thirst.
Taking the road to Arkalohori from Irakleon, one arrives at the village of Alagni, a settlement dating back to the Venetian times. In 1414, 6 vineyards were given to the Lyraraki family. These were to become the foundation on which the Alagni Agricultural Enterprises, S.A. would be established.
In 1966, the Lyraraki family founded their first company under the name of Lyraraki Brothers & A. Pavlakis Wine Making J.S.C. This company continued to produce wine until 1977, when it was incorporated into the current company of G.E.A., S.A. Alagni Agricultural Enterprises.
At this time, the winery began developing and cultivating what is considered to be the best local varieties of vines from which their successful Vilana, Kotsifali and Mandilaria wines are derived. It was also at this time, that the first organized vineyards of the Vilana variety were created by Alagni. Not only did Alagni supply other vineyard with roots for planting new vines, but grafts from the Vilana variety were cut and then distributed to other vineyards on the island in order to create sturdier, disease resistant varieties. These vines continue to grow and produce plentiful healthy grapes for the making of today’s Cretan wines.
Driving directions : From Heraklion drive to the south (direction: Viannos). After 18 km you will reach the village of “Alagni”. Follow the “Lyrarakis” signs on the road.
Contact information / visitors support: Lyraraki winery is able to host groups of 10 to 40 people, but only after making an appointment on the following phones: firstname.lastname@example.org
and +30 2810 – 741482. You can also email us: email@example.com
Paleochora area - Grameno beach
Follow the costal road from Paleochora to Gialos. There are many little pebbly coves along. After about 15 minutes driving you will find a sign "Grameno camping". There are three beaches. The left one is pebbly and good when the wind blow from west. The central beach is the better one, soft sand and clear water, there are a few beach facilities, and a Taverna with good music. The last beach is next the main one, more tight good when the wind blow from East.