Top things to do in Arhanes & Around

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Mt Yiouhtas Peak Sanctuary

Driving south from Arhanes, look for the turn-off for Giourtas. The narrow (but drivable) road leads to the top of Mt Yiouhtas. After a bone-rattling 5km, you’ll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views over to M…
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Bakaliko

Bakaliko means meeting point; traditionally, that meant kafeneio (coffee shop) and grocery shop in one. The concept has been revitalised in this lilac-accented restaurant where excellent cuisine (using organic produ…
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Kritamon

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

To Spitiko

Locals will tell you To Spitiko is the best in town, but at research time it managed to run out of roast lamb and pork by 7.30pm in early May (blaming high season!). Nonetheless, the food at this one-room taverna ov…
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 Crete. Burials took place here over a period of 1000 years, the oldest going back to 2500 BC. One of the tom…
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) for children, sarcophagi and replicas of musical instruments …
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 …
Bakery in Arhanes & Around

Kritikos Fournos

This excellent Cretan chain of cafes and bakeries is a one-stop shop for those with a sweet tooth, with all manner of baklava, cakes, pastries and gelato as well as a few savoury things. The bestseller is the unfort…
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…