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Agia Pelagia is een gezellig klein dorp aan de noordkust van Kreta met het gevoel van het authentieke Griekenland, alhoewel het toch maar 22 kilometer is verwijderd van de hoofdstad Heraklion.Waar het dorp Agia Pelagia ligt was ooit een oude Griekse stad. De naam is afgeleid van een klooster dat 1 kilometer ten westen van de baai ligt. Het is er heerlijk rustig als je het vergelijkt met sommige andere badplaatsjes die soms pal naast de hoofdweg liggen.
Agia Pelagia is eigenlijk meer een verzameling van kleine dorpjes en strandjes, waarvan het hoofdstrand de meest oostelijke is, gedecoreerd met een kleine ‘boulevard’ met restaurants, cocktail bars en een supermarkt. De sfeer in Agia Pelagia is gemoedelijk, en de baai is erg mooi, met kaki’s in het water en groenige rotsen die uit de zee komen zetten. Het is een groene plaats met palmbomen en bloemen.
Ten westen van het hoofdstrand vind je nog drie rustigere stranden met minder faciliteiten. Een van de favoriete stranden is het middelste van deze drie, met alleen een klein winkeltje waar drankjes en ijs te koop zijn. Dit strand is het leukste vanwege de prachtige rotsen aan de linkerkant en omdat het er rustig is. Het eerste strand westelijk van het centrum van Agia Pelagia heet Kladissos.
Het tweede strand dat je tegenkomt als je in oostelijke richting loopt heet Psaromoura. Het derde strand heet Mononaftis, en kijkt uit op een mooie groene rots die in de zee staat. In de omgeving van deze stranden zijn een paar grote hotels, waaronder het Capsis Beach Hotel, met een zwembad en een heleboel kleine huisjes.Een wandeling naar de rotsen bij het Capsis hotel brengt je ook bij wat opgravingen. Als je nog een ander iets rustiger strand wilt proberen sla je vlak voor Agia Pelagia af, en dan kom je uit bij de beschutte baai en het strand van Ligaria. Behalve van het tourisme leven de mensen in Agia Pelagia van de landbouw. Daarom zie je tussen de restaurants en hotels ook veel velden met groenten en kruiden. Er groeien overal uien, kolen en allerlei andere soorten groenten.
Agia Pelagia is a nice small town on the north coast of Crete, approximately 22 km from Heraklion. It has a unique charm, with its nice boulevard, the many cosy shops, the friendly people, the beautiful sea, the good sandy beach and the abundant flowers at the side of the roads. There are some small churches in the village and one bigger church.
There are several small bays in Agia Pelagia. The main beach is of course the most well known and the most crowdy as well. However, the other small beaches are definitely worth a visit. Agia Pelagia surroundings: click on the places below for more information!
- interior architecture
Subsequent excavations were begun in 1979 by St. Alexiou and the area is considered to be the ancient town of Apollonia, an important town during the Hellenistic period (350 BC). The “Pritanio” government building- the city parliament and university, a special construction decorated with red and yellow bands of colour and white flooring, the guest house-the hotel of the epoch, towers and fortifications are only some of the many ancient ruins which have been partially retreived lying covered by vegetation. Other findings from this region are: ceramics, copper coins of various citie (Gortina, Axos, Arkadia), coins from Apollonia (carrying the head of Appollo and a palm branch), urns, wine vessels and olive cultivation tools from previous times. The area is considered to be the origin of semi-precious stones used to make objects which today embellish the Heraklion Museum. The town of Apollonia was definitively destroyed in 171 BC after the fierce attack by their ally of other times, the city of Kidonia.
The name Agia Pelagia has been derived from a convent 1 kilometre west of the bay.
Agia Pelagia Today
It is wonderfully quiet in comparison to other seaside resorts that are located directly by the main national road.
Actually, Agia Pelagia is a collection of small villages and beaches, of which the main beach is most to the east, with a small ‘boulevard,’ decorated with restaurants, cocktail bars and a supermarket. Agia Pelagia has a friendly atmosphere, with a beautiful bay with fisher boats in the water and green rocks rising from the sea. It is a very green place with palm trees and flowers. West of the main beach there are three other, quieter beaches with less facilities. One of the favourite beaches is the one in the middle, with only a small shop selling beverages and ice cream. This beach is the best because of the beautiful rocks on the left hand and because of its peaceful atmosphere. The first beach west of the centre of Agia Pelagia is called Kladissos.
The second beach you come across if you walk in the eastern direction is called Psaromoura. The third beach is called Mononaftis and looks out on a splendid green rock rising from the sea. In the surroundings of these beaches are a few large hotels, such as the Capsis Beach Hotel, which has a swimming pool and many small maisonettes. A stroll to the rocks near the Capsis Hotel will also lead you to some excavations. If you want to try another quieter beach, you take a turn off the main road just before entering Agia Pelagia. There you will find the shielded bay of Lygaria. Besides tourism, the inhabitants of Agia Pelagia live off agriculture. That is why in between restaurants and hotels space design close to nature, you will find many fields where herbs and vegetables are grown. Onions, cabbage and many other kinds of vegetables grow everywhere.
On this Website you will find a lot of information about Agia Pealgia but also general information about Crete and Greece. On the left side is the navigation.
On the link “Accommodations” you will find a page with the most Apartments, Hotels and Villas in Agia Pelagia.
The most Apartments in Agia Pelagia are familyrun complexes. But exapt the apartments you will also find some huge hotels just outside the village.
Agia Pelagia is a cosy small village on the north coast of Crete, breathing the atmosphere of authentic Greece, even though it is only 22 km from the capital Heraklion.
The region is full of natural beauty and due to its geographic position it played an important role throughout history. Where Agia Pelagia is now, there used to be an ancient Greek city, it has been inhabited since around 2000 BC as most findings date back to 1700 BC and 1300 BC when the inhabitants had dealings with Faistos, Knossos and the Cyclades. The ancient town was destroyed by fire in 1200 BC. Sir Arthur Evans mentioned that they were the best salvaged remains of a Minoan harbour. Many of the ceramics collected there, are now found in the museum of Ashmolen in Oxford. The most notable remains found in the wide area: large water containers (for the supply ships), the Roman Aquaduct, engraved tombes etc.
We like to introduce you to this nice cosy cretan village. Agia Pelagia is located at the northcoast of Crete 20 km from Heraklion. Take a look at our Photo Gallery to get a imagin of Agia Pelagia The name Agia Pelagia has been inferred of a church which is 1 kilome
tre west of the bay. Agia Pelagia is a nice quiet place if you compare it with some other tourist resorts which lies direct next to the mainroad. Agia Pelagia is in fact more collection of small villages and beaches, of which the head range is most Eastern, decorated with a small ‘ boulevard ‘ with restaurants, cocktail bars and supermarkets.The environment in Agia Pelagia is nice, and the bay is very beautiful, with kaiks in the water.Agia Pelagia is a very green place with trees and flowers. At west of the main beach you’l find still three quieter beaches with less facilities.
The main beach which is in the middle of the bay of in Agia Pelagia is the nicest because its most sandy you have the boulevard behind you and the splendid rocks at the left-hand side. The first beach western of the centre of Agia Pelagia is called Kladissos. The second beach which you encounter if you run in Eastern direction is called Psaromoura.
|The third beach is called Mononaftis, and looks out on a beautiful green rock which stands in the sea. In the surroundings of the beaches are a couple of large hotels, like the Capsis Beach hotel Agia Pelagia, with a swimming pool and a lot of small maisonnettes.If you are looking for a quiet beach, then you have to try the Ligaria beach.
Except of the tourisme people from Agia Pelagia live of agriculture. For this reason you’ll see many fields with vegetables and herbs between the restaurants and hotel.
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