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. Where Agia Pelagia is now, there used to be an ancient Greek city. The name Agia Pelagia has been derived from a convent 1 kilometre west of the bay. 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, you will find many fields where herbs and vegetables are grown. Onions, cabbage and many other kinds of vegetables grow everywhere.