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The seaside village of Agia Pelagia is known by few and loved by many. Located approx. 23-25km northwest of Heraklion city and airport, it can be reached by car or boat and it is an area which has rapidly developed in recent years after originally being nothing more than a farming settlement for the people of Achlada village.
Its position in the middle of the north coast makes it an excellent springboard from which to explore other parts of the island – to the west, east or south. Adding to this, is its inherit charm as the village is situated within a bay and with a background of mountains surrounding it. Because of its form, Turks had named the bay Tsanak Limani – Tsanak is a plate and Limani is the port.
The sandy beach with its green blue water is a hot spot for locals from Heraklion city, in search of a place to cool off and spend time with their families during the summer weekends but on weekdays, it is fairly quiet and excellent for those chilled family summer holidays you may be dreaming of. Also within walking distance, there are hidden gems for sea lovers such as the Souda Cape, the Fylakes Coves and Vlychada beach.
Wandering around the area, one finds various spots of historic and archaeological interest such as the Kladistos site with the Prytaneion University (4th century BC) and post-Minoan graves, and the cave Evresi where locals allegedly found the icon of Agia Pelagia (Saint Pelagia). The port of Agia Pelagia also has a stronghold on recent history as it was a key port during the Cretan resistance and ammunition and help to local rebels were provided from here during the Turkish occupation.
The village offers a wide variety of hotels and apartments and all necessary amenities for carefree holidays such as ATMs, taxis, restaurants, cafes and a regular bus service. However, life is always easier when you have your own vehicle and no restrictions in terms of times and routes to adhere to. Apex Car Rentals is by you every step of the way and our staff are always happy to accommodate you, making your holidays in Crete unique.
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