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Fishing Village in Crete


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Aghia Pelaghia

is a former fishing village on the central north coast of ▶ Crete, 18 kms west of Iraklion.

It lies on the slope of an peninsula in a sheltered bay which spits of land divide into several smaller bays.

Some graves from the late Minoan times have been discovered nearby.
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photo It is supposed that Aghia Pelaghia is in the place of the ancient town of Apollonia.

The village takes it's name from the church of St. Pelaghia which stands on a small island in the bay.

Due to the idyllic location, hotels and apartment facilities of many classes and sizes have been built so the village has grown-up the slope around the central bay in the form of an amphitheatre.
 
Restaurants, tavernas, bars and shops nowadays line up in the center at the old fishing-port. Aghia Pelaghia is completely orientated to tourism.

Aside the small port there is an even smaller sandy beach.

Several larger beaches are located in the neighbouring bays, e.g. the beach of Madé in the eastern bay, which is called Ligaria and has it's own small center with a marina and several tavernas.
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photo Some large holiday resorts have been built in recent years there as well as in the western bay.

Aghia Pelaghia is a watersport paradise.

On the beaches there is a wide choice of watersports which includes boat trips and diving excursions, as the neighbouring rocky coast line continues under water and provides a large number of very beautiful diving spots.
 
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Text & photos by Ingo H. Dietrich
 

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