Agia Pelagia is a seaside fishing village on the north coast of Crete, approximately 22 km from Heraklion.
Agia Pelagia is a seaside fishing village on the north coast of Crete, approximately 22 km from Heraklion. The region is full of natural beauty and due to its geographic position it played an important role throughout history. Where Agia Pelagia is now, there used to be an ancient Greek city, which has been inhabited since around 2000 BC. The ancient town was destroyed by fire in 1200 BC. Εxcavations by St. Alexiou in 1979 were found that it was Apollonia, an important town during the Hellenistic period (350 BC).
Agia Pelagia is a collection of small villages and beaches, like Kladissos, Psaromoura, Mononaftis etc It has a friendly atmosphere and it is a very green place with palm trees and flowers.
If you want to see more of Crete, having Agia Pelagia as base allows many possibilities. By bus, car, scooter, taxi - any of these will bring you to the most famous places of interest:
- Knossos, the famous Minoan Palace is only 25 km away.
- The village of Rodia, high above the bay, stands out for the unique view. There is the Monastery of Savathiana, which is one of the most beautiful Cretan monasteries.
- Heading west on the national road from Agia Pelagia, turn off at the sign for Fodele village. Fodele is known as the birth place of painter Domenicos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco. The house where he was born is now a museum, featuring copies of his work.
- Visit the Melidoni cave. Drive past Bali (west, 20 km) and then turn left to Melidoni.
- If you like diving, Agia Pelagia is a good choice both for snorkeling and scuba diving.