Sightseeing in Stalida Crete
Stalis is only a 30-minute-drive away from the capital of Crete, Heraklion. It is conveniently located in the centre of the island and offers itself as the perfect base for guests to explore the magnificent coasts, the charming traditional villages and the famous archaeological sites.
Places of Interest
Nearby archaeological sites and places of interest which are worth visiting:
- Malia, the closest town to Stalis (3 km away). Apart from its natural beauty and bustling nightlife, it is worth visiting the Malia Palace. It is the third largest Minoan palace after Knossos and Phaistos covering an area of 7.500 sq.m. and was ruled by Sarpedon, brother of Minos and son of Zeus and Europe.
- The busy city of Heraklion (30 km away), capital of Crete. A variety of shops and modern cafés give a cosmopolitan character to the city. You can visit interesting museums such as the Archaelogical Museum in the heart of the city housing a large number of Minoan exhibits, the Historical Museum or the Natural Museum of Cretan History.
- The Palace of Knossos lies 5 km from Heraklion. It is the most important archaeological site in Crete, which was destroyed in the 15th century BC. You can admire the “Throne Room” and the Queen’s rooms with the fascinating frescos restored by the famous archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early 1900s.
- Lassithi Plateau (25km up in the mountains) where you can view the famous white windmills and the cave called Diktaion Andron where, according to the myth, Zeus was born. Lassithi Plateau is a typical example of rural Crete. All the 18 villages around the plateau are built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plains free to be cultivated with potatoes, pears, apples, cereals, nuts and vegetables, constituting the core of the Cretan diet.