Day Trip from Heraklion. Visit important places in one day! It is important to “fit” your needs in a single day trip.
Day trip from Heraklion, an amazing city to start exploring the island beauties direction to the south. Start your day walking in the city roads to find a street coffee shop to buy breakfast. After collect your bags and start driving heading the south of Heraklion. The road is name Ethniki odos Heraklion Moires.
Day Trip from Heraklion: First stop is to the village of Avgeniki, Avgeniki is also a Municipal district, the place you can have a greek coffee in one of the cafe shops on the main village road. Avgeniki village is a place with history, many houses and many villages. the last years it became a place where the villagers restored the old houses they inherited from their parents, mostly used as rental houses for guests. After walking through the narrow streets of Avgeniki, come back to the car and head towards the south. Avgeniki has many vineyards, famous quality wines and farmers producing excellent quality products.
Day Trip from Heraklion: Second destination is village of Agioi Deka, close to Moires, day trip from Heraklion to Agioi Deka village, place where the ruins of the ancient city of Gortyna is important to visit! Gortys is one of the major cities Minoan civilization. Gortyn, Gortys or Gortyna is a municipality, and an archaeological site, on the Mediterranean island of Crete 45 km away from the island’s capital, Heraklion. The seat of the municipality is the village Agioi Deka. Gortyn was the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica. The area was first inhabited around 7000 BC
Day Trip from Heraklion: Next destination is Moires, a town and a former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Faistos, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 181.885 km² and a population of 11,434 people.
The road is new and the time needed to arrive in Moires is quick, just 20minutes far from Avgeniki. Moires is a place that hosts many people from the area of Heraklion and Amari and of course many immigrants who work in the fields and greenhouses. The village has many interesting sightseeing places.
Day Trip from Heraklion: Festos is the most important place to visit in the Municipality of Moires, called Municipality of Festos. the ruins of the city are 5minutes far from Moires by car! Festos was a great city, Phaistos, also transliterated as Phaestos, Festos and Latin Phaestus, is a Bronze Age archaeological site at modern Faistos, a municipality in south central Crete.
Ancient Phaistos was located about 5.6 km east of the Mediterranean Sea and 62 km south of Heraklion, the second largest city of Minoan Crete. 8,400 m2 (90,000 sq ft) for the palace. The city covered the hill and a few km into the valley below.
Matala is a place you can swim, relax, spend time sun bathing or even have a drink in one of the area’s famous bars.
The village is named an art village, many artists select to stay in one of the village’s places or in places nearby so they will be able to visit the village of Matala every day.
Rent a car to visit all the suggested places. Nevertheless the car is needed, you can enjoy walking through the ruins of the ancient cities, swim in the sea of Matala and have a great day trip from Heraklion! Find the car that suits your needs, select the type of make of the the vehicle you think ideal for Cretan roads and head south to enjoy a day you will remember in future!