Located in an idyllic location of Crete, Villa Octo is situated under 20kms from Heraklion and a short drive by car from the beaches of Agia Pelagia. From its location, the villa provides great views of the city, the bay area and the Aegean from its prominent and elevated position. It is also a great starting point for exploring Crete, from historical sites, nearby cities as well as nearby beaches. The International Airport of Heraklion is situated only 20km away and the port offering daily ferry departures and day cruises to Santorini and nearby islands can be reached in 15kms.
Heraklion City Centre
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and can be reached by car in 20 minutes from Villa Octo. The historical city offers great shopping, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and places of interest. As Heraklion is the capital of Crete, several museums, galleries and important churches such as the Saint Minas Cathedral are worth visiting during your trip to the city.
Archanes Traditional Village
The Archanes village is located close to Heraklion city and in close proximity to the Antiquities of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. The village was recently restored and is well worth a visit to combine with a visit to Knossos. You will be able to stroll along stone paths and admire the quaint souvenir shops along the way. Several small shops, Cretan tavernas with local recipes and cafes makes good spots take in the beautiful restored village and enjoy breathtaking views.
The Cretaquarium is the first large scale aquarium in Greece and remains one of the largest in Europe. Sixty tanks provides more than 2000 living creatures from the Mediterranean Sea bed and remains a great day out, or to combine with many of the nearby beaches.