Top things to do in Arhanes & Around

Cretan in Arhanes & Around

Kritamon

Send your taste buds on a wild ride at this foodie outpost in a street off the main square and set attractively around a garden courtyard with walnut trees. Ancient Cretan and creative modern recipes result in a sma…
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…
Greek in Arhanes & Around

Bakaliko

Bakaliko means meeting point; traditionally this meant kafeneio and grocery shop in one. This concept has been revitalised in this colourful deli where excellent cuisine (organic produce where possible) and wine com…
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 …
Greek in Arhanes & Around

To Spitiko

This one-room taverna overlooking the main square gets contemporary flair from whitewashed stone walls, burgundy table cloths and big picture windows. Spaghetti with kid (€7) or the baked lamb (€7.50) are good picks…
Greek in Arhanes & Around

Ampelos

With its stone arches, open-beam ceiling and exposed air ducts, this large dining room exudes rustic-industrial flair. The menu has few surprises, but you can’t go wrong with such classics as fried rabbit chops or c…