Attractions

Historic Site in Arhanes & Around

Mt Yiouhtas Peak Sanctuary

Driving south from Arhanes, look for a sign and turn-off for Giourtas. The narrow (but driveable) road leads to the top of Mt Yiouhtas. After a bone-rattling 4km ride, you’ll be rewarded with scenic views over to Mt…
Historic Site in Arhanes & Around

Anemospilia

Anemospilia packs major importance into its small frame. Excavation of this middle-Minoan three-room temple yielded evidence that human sacrifice played at least some role in Minoan society. The site is closed to th…
Historic Site in Arhanes & Around

Fourni

On a hill west of town and reached via a steep footpath, Fourni is the most extensive Minoan necropolis on the island. Burials took place here over a period of 1000 years, the oldest going back to 2500 BC. One of th…
Museum in Arhanes & Around

Archaeological Museum of Arhanes

This small museum displays many important finds from regional excavations, especially from Minoan times. Among the highlights are clay larnakes (coffins) and replicas of musical instruments from Fourni, plus a copy …
Historic Site in Arhanes & Around

Vathypetro

About 5km south of Arhanes, and well signposted, Vathypetro was built around 1600 BC, probably as the villa of a prosperous Minoan noble. Archaeologists discovered wine and oil presses, a weaving loom and a kiln in …