Gouves is a town and former municipality in the Heraklion regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011, local government reform it is part of the municipality Hersonissos, the municipal unit has an area of 94.963 km2. It lies a few kilometers east of Heraklion, Goúves proper is often confused with its busy summer resort, Káto Goúves. Besides this well developed tourist resort with sandy beaches, the area has some traditional villages and archaeological sites. West of Goúves are the tourist resorts of Kokkíni Háni and Amnísos, Goúves proper is located about 20 km east of Heraklion. Káto Goúves, just a couple km north of the village, there is a variety of accommodation, from large hotels to boarding houses and self-catering apartments, and there are many restaurants, bars and shops. The village Anopoli is located just some minutes from Kokkini Xani village,5 km south in the mountains at an altitude of 205 m, entering the village of Anopoli, visitors will admire its square, Agia Triada church and the war monument Hrwo.
The square is made of cobblestones and offers easy access and it was unveiled in 1981 and since memorial services as well as wreath laying is made on every national celebration in their honours. Agia Triada was built in 1969 and significant frescoes adorn its inside, elia village is located just 12 km southeast of Heraklion city, in the inland of Hersonissos Municipality, and just 4.5 km from Kokkini Chani village by the sea. The village is on a hill, at an altitude of 230 m offering the visitor a magical. The local population is involved in agricultural production, olive oil, grapes. One of the important points of interest for visitors is the Eileithyia cave, where legend has it that the goddess Hera gave birth to Eileithyia, the goddess of birth. The central square of the village is located at its entrance and during the summer months a number of events take place with feasts and dances. Epano Gouves village is located on the side of Gouves village by the north side of Ederi Mountain, just 18 km east of Heraklion city.
Access to the village is by the old road of Heraklion- Lasithi. The village is known for the quiet and picturesque atmosphere that in compilation with the traditional cafes, taverns churches. The main square of the village includes traditional cafes and taverns under the shade of eucalyptus, ending with the historical war monument, Hrwo, a shining reminder of the local resistance to the German invasion during WW2 that led to the ultimate sacrifice. The names of the heroes are carved on marble a time lasting material that the monument was made of
Administrative regions of Greece
The administrative regions of Greece are the countrys thirteen first-level administrative entities, each comprising several second-level units, originally prefectures and, since 2011, regional units. The current regions were established in July 1986, by decision of then-Interior Minister Menios Koutsogiorgas as a second-level administrative entities, as part of a decentralization process inspired by then-Interior Minister Alekos Papadopoulos, they were accorded more powers in the 1997 Kapodistrias reform of local and regional government. They were transformed into separate entities by the 2010 Kallikratis Plan. In the 2011 changes, the general secretary was replaced with a popularly elected regional governor. Many powers of the prefectures, which were abolished or reformed into regional units, were transferred to the region level. The regional organs of the government were in turn replaced by seven decentralized administrations. Bordering the region of Central Macedonia there is one region, Mount Athos.
It is located on the easternmost of the three large peninsulas jutting into the Aegean from the Chalcidice Peninsula, ISO 3166-2, GR Administrative divisions of Greece
Agioi Theodoroi (islands)
Agioi Theodoroi are two uninhabited islets off the coast of western Crete. One is named Agios Theodoros, called Thodorou, and the islet a few metres north is called Mikros Agios Theodoros. Administratively, they are part of the municipality of Platanias, in Chania regional unit, in 1930 the municipality of Agia Marina with the cooperation of the hunting association of Chania decided to make the islands a nature reserve. This initial small community of Kri-kri was too small to prevent inbreeding, the isolated community of Kri-kri at Agios Theodoros has been used to provide Kri-kri to zoos around the world. In 1583 the Venetians built two fortresses on Agios Theodoros in part to prevent pirates from using the islands and in part to defend the coast of Crete
Paximadia are two small uninhabited islands in the gulf of Mesara located approximately 12 km south of Agia Galini in Rethymno regional unit. They are in the Libyan Sea next to the southern coast of Crete, due to their close proximity to one another, the two islands appear as one from a distance. Locals often refer to the islands as Elephantaki because it looks like an elephant that is lying down, in the water. The name attributed to the islands today is due to their resembling dry Cretan biscuit known as Paximadi. In ancient Crete they were known as Dionysioi after the god Dionysus and as Letoai after the goddess Leto who was worshipped at Phaistos. In Cretan mythology it is believed that the goddess Leto gave birth to the god Apollo, there are isolated sand beaches on these islands that can be reached via boat from Aghia Galini. The Paximadia islands played a role in the German novel Der kretische Gast by Klaus Modick
Valenti is a rock close to the northwestern coast of Crete in the Aegean Sea. It is just south of the island of Imeri Gramvousa and the islet of Arnaouti, administratively, it is located within the municipality of Kissamos, in Chania regional unit. Valenti is mentioned in poems and mantinades and usually with Gramvousa
Chania (regional unit)
Chania is one of the four regional units of Crete, it covers the westernmost quarter of the island. Its capital is the city of Chania, Chania borders only one other regional unit, that of Rethymno to the east. The western part of Crete is bounded to the north by the Cretan Sea, the regional unit includes the southernmost island of Europe, Gavdos. Chania regional unit, often informally termed Western Crete, is a beautiful, districts include verdant Apokoronas, mountainous Sfakia, and Selino in the far South West corner. Some other notable towns in the Chania prefecture are Hora Sfakion, Kastelli-Kissamos, Maleme, Vamos and Kalives. The natural park of Samariá Gorge, a major tourist attraction, the White Mountains or Lefka Ori, through which the Samaria, Aradena and other gorges run, are the limestone peaks topped by snow until May that occupy much of Chania regional unit. They contain more than 40 peaks over 2,000 meters high, the highest peak in this area is Pachnes, at 2,453 meters above sea level.
The regional unit includes three headlands, known as the three heads of Crete. From east to west, they are, Rodopos, Western Crete is popular with tourists for its spring flowers that linger on into early May in the mountains. Birdwatching is popular, with the lammergeier and golden eagle especially sought for, as an island, Crete has many endemic species of plant and animal. Cretes only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is in the regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit,47 km from Chania and it is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. The lake used to be called Korisia after ancient Korion, a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena, the lake used to be reportedly full of eels but now is better known for its terrapins and tourists. Tavernas and pedalo rental shops line part of the shore, however, the lake retains its beauty, the White Mountains reflected in the mirror-like waters. Chania is the unit of Crete that receives the most precipitation. The regional unit Chania is subdivided into 7 municipalities, as a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the Chania regional unit was created out of the former prefecture.
The prefecture had the territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below
Heraklion (regional unit)
Heraklion is one of the four regional units of Crete. The capital is the city of Heraklion, the regional unit of Heraklion borders on the regional units of Rethymno to the west and Lasithi to the east. Farmlands are situated in the central and the parts, at the coast. The mountains dominate the rest of the unit, notably the south. The main mountains are parts of Ida or Idi Mountains to the west, the regional unit includes the island of Dia to the north. Except for the mountains which receive mild to cool winters unlike northern Greece, within the Heraklion regional units boundaries are a number of significant Neolithic and Minoan settlements, most notably the ancient palace complexes of Knossos and Phaistos. Important ancient cities are, Knossos Phaistos Gortys Tylissos Malia 1991 -263,8682001 -292,4822011 -305,490 The regional unit Heraklion is subdivided into 8 municipalities. These are, Archanes-Asterousia Faistos Gortyna Heraklion Hersonissos Malevizi Minoa Pediada Viannos The Heraklion prefecture was created in 1915, as a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the regional unit Heraklion was created out of the former prefecture Heraklion.
The prefecture had the territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below, gR-90/E65 GR-97 GR-99 El Greco, by which Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος Domênikos Theotokópoulos, is best known. A world-famous painter and architect Nikos Kazantzakis was born in the village Varvaro The municipal unit in which Myrtia is located, was named after him, monuments in the prefecture of Heraklion
Gavdopoula is an islet located north-west of its larger neighbour, Gavdos, in the Libyan Sea. It is located to the south of Crete, of which it is administratively a part and it is part of the municipality of Gavdos, and it was part of the former Selino Province. Gavdopoula is covered with phrygana low-lying shrubs and it is an important stop for migrating birds. In 1998 the islet was the site of an enormous container shipping storage facility. Environmentalists campaigned successfully to block the development and Gavdopoula is now a nature reserve. List of communities of Chania List of islands of Greece
Elafonisi is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water, the island is a protected nature reserve. It is known for its sand beaches, created by tidal. At the highest point on the there is a plaque that commemorates a tragic event. On Easter Sunday of 24 April 1824 several hundred Greeks, mostly women and children, were killed on Elafonisi by Ottoman soldiers. To avoid advancing Turkish Ottoman troops, forty armed men had taken refuge on the island women, children. The Ottoman soldiers had decided to camp on the beach opposite the island, one of their horses walked along the shallow water to the island and the people hiding on the island were discovered. According to several sources there were between 640 and 850 people in total, most of whom were killed and the survivors were sold into slavery in Egypt.
A large wooden cross commemorates a shipwreck from 22 February 1907 and it was an Österreichischer Lloyd passenger steamer, called the Imperatrix. Due to strong northwest winds 38 people died in a lifeboat that tried to reach the shore and they were all buried on the island. The Imperatrix still lies on the seabed in front of the cliffs and was the reason that a lighthouse was built on an island hilltop. The lighthouse was destroyed during the Second World War by the occupying German troops, on the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. List of settlements in the Chania regional unit See Chania Region for maps Municipality description Chania rent a car description
Dia, pronounced locally Ntia, is an uninhabited island off the northern coast of the Greek island of Crete. The island is approximately 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion, Dia is part of the community of Elaia within the municipal unit of Gouves, Heraklion regional unit, by the municipality of Elias. The island was known as Standia, by juncture loss in the phrase στήν Δία. It was the port of Crete for centuries. The islet looks like a giant lizard when viewed from the city of Heraklion, there is a legend that a giant lizard tried to destroy the island of Crete, but Zeus turned it in to stone with a thunderbolt, thus creating the island. The island is visible from Cretes capital city of Heraklion, as it would have been in the time of the Minoan kingdom, from the capital of Knossos, because of this, it was sometimes identified as the island that Theseus escaped to after killing the Minotaur. Dia is part of the European Network of Nature 2000 and is a hunting ground. There are a number of protected plants such as Carlina diae, in 1976, Jacques Cousteau carried out underwater exploration around Dia and found the remains of an ancient port in the waters between Heraklion and Dia