Cities & Villages: Agia Pelagia

We decided to take some time to go visit Knossos before high season hit, and see some of the country side closer to Heraklion, which is about 120 km from where we are based.  Knossos, which is open year round, has been high on our must do list.

The perfect plan included staying a few nights in a village 30 minutes outside of Knossos – Agia Pelagia.  This village, right on the ocean, gets relatively busy in high season, but in early April it was quiet and laid back.  We rented an apartment outside of the village proper that had an amazing view of the ocean from the huge picture window.

How to get there:

Agia Pelagia was once named Apollonia, and in excavations done in 1979, the importance of the town in ancient times was confirmed. Many artifacts from the area are now located in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. Ideally located on the central coast, it is assumed that the town was once a Roman naval port of significance.

Access to Agia Pelagia from the National Highway is fairly straightforward. We managed to find an open local restaurant (where the food was excellent) as well as grocery store for our stay. From our accommodation (we chose Villa Iliatoras), we were able to walk in uncrowded natural country side and generally enjoy the area.