The mountain village Archanes is one of the oldest and most charming mountain village of Crete. To the west looms sacred mountain Juktas, surrounded by hills and numerous water springs.
The mountain village Archanes is a lively community with taverns and cafés serving traditional cuisine. Discover the small shops still operating in the old market lanes. A range of lenty of handcrafted items and local products are offered from local family run shops.
The lush Cretan landscape from today embracing the hamlet, with vineyards, olive groves and cypresses, must be quite similar to that in Minoan times.
In the times of the Cretan State, the city flourished: wine, raisins and olive oil were exported and brought wealth to the city. Houses were built in the neoclassical style. Archanes is a village of architectural interest.
Christian churches decorated with murals coexist with fountains and wonderful buildings.On the north side of the valley is the quaint gorge named Paradeisi.
Within the same gorge, at Pelekita location, there is a water spring; in 1628, Fransesco Morosini channelled its waters to supply Heraklion. The spring is dry today because of water drilling projects in the area.
Today extensive vineyards producing excellent table grapes that are mainly consumed in European markets.
The municipal open-air cinema of Archanes is operating in the summer; it is called ‘Paradeisos’ and it is part of a network of open-air summer cinemas of the Ministry of Culture.
It is housed on a premises that blends in with the aesthetic character of the village and the Greek tradition of open-air summer cinemas.
Many festivals take place in Archanes. Music and dance play an important role in the life of the Cretans. Their Love and pride in creativity, their need to express themselves and communicate with each other through music.
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