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More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

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More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

Hi everyone.

We plan to visit Boutaris and Lithakis wineries after we finish exploring Knossos.

Are the wineries in the Archanes region easy to drive to and are they close to each other?

How easy is it to find these places? Is a detailed road map necessary or are there signs to guides us on the road?

Also, is Vathipetro just as easy to reach?

We want to see Knossos from 9a-11a/12p, then drive down to Archanes and Vathipetro, then back up to Iraklion around 5pm for the night. Is this practical?

Thank you!

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1. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

Hi there

Yes, it's more than doable in a day, Archanes is only 7 kms further down the road from Knossos, and Vathipetro another 3 kms south of Archanes. I haven't visited the vineyards along that area but they are very visible from the main road and it should be easy to find the way into them, I'm sure there will be signs for you to follow.

If you have the time, do allow an hour to have a walk around Archanes, it's a very historic village with links to the Island's resistance movement in WW11.

Once you have finished in Vathipetro, you will be back in Iraklion inside 30 minutes drive time.

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2. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

Thanks for the quick response!

So can you assist/give your thoughts on a timeline for the day:

9am-1130am - Knossos

12:00pm-4 or 5:00pm - Archanes, Lunch, 1 or 2 wineries, Vathipetro

5:00pm-6:00pm - check into hotel in Iraklion

7:00pm - walk around and have dinner

Does this look like a good estimate?

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3. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

There are Lyrarakis and Zacharoudakis , very good places with wine tasting and tours around the wine fields. Find them with Google, they have websites

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4. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

Hi again Luca

That looks fine, as far as I know Knossos opens at 8am, so if you don't mind an earlier start, you will have at least 2 hours at the site before it starts to fill up with coach tours at 10-10.30am. There are some good tavernas in Archanes and it makes far more sense to eat there rather than the rather overpriced ones at Knossos. Do take the time for a wander around Iraklion, it has some wonderful antiquities to see and they are all within a small, compact area.

You will have a good day out for sure.

Knossos form 2010

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Iraklion, same trip

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And a few of Archanes..

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Edited: 11:26 am, February 06, 2012
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5. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

ok, 8am sounds good, I'll double check on that.

We do plan to eat in Archanes and I do hope we have adequate time to see Iraklion.

Beautiful photos !

Thanks!

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6. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

On the quality (of experience) front rather than the logistics front, it would really be worth your getting up early to get to Knossos by 8 am (assuming it still opens at 8 am - do check). Many people who visit Knossos come away feeling let down, because they've been trailing around in the heat of the day, struggling with the crowds. It's hard to enjoy under those circumstances. But in the early morning before the tours have arrived (and in the late afternoon/early evening after they've left) it is peaceful, quiet, and full of atmosphere: magical.

Make sure you have a good look not just at the "palace", throne room, etc, but at the outlying areas. The pottery workshops, at the lower level, are quite moving - you get a real sense of real people having lived and worked in the city.

I can't remember (if you've said) whether or not you are staying in Heraklion. If you are, do go to the Archaeological Museum. It has been closed for several years for renovation but the special exhibition around the corner contains most of the really famous treasures, and is very worth seeing. Either before or after you see Knossos it will add greatly to your visit. It's another case for getting up early (on another day, of course) to arrive at opening time, which was and perhaps still is 8am; and have it to yourself for a quiet hour - it's a small area, and fills up after about 9.

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7. Re: More info on the wineries south of Iraklion?

It's really worth to visit Douloufakis wineries. They've got a web site (http://www.cretanwines.gr/). It is locate around 20km from Heraklion as you heading towards to the south part of the island.

Before my father retired, he used to give them a lot of grapes :)

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