Along with dreamy beaches and lashings of laidback Cretan charm, holidays to Analipsi serve up ancient history on a platter.
Set between the urban delights of Hersonissos
and the legendary city that is Heraklion, this small village on Crete
’s rugged northern coast oozes an authentic, unhurried vibe. Picture a little square flanked by family-run tavernas, and teeny white houses flecked with vivid flowers. The surrounding fruit groves are the icing on the cake.
The village's typical blue-and-white church is often the first place visitors head to when getting their tan on in Analipsi. Why? This picturesque chapel's the jumping-off point to sandy Lyttos Beach
– a 15-minute walk away – and to a long sand-and-pebble number.
Once the epicentre of the Minoan civilisation, Heraklion
– Crete’s buzzing capital that's a 30-minute drive away – boasts relics, ruins and ancient sites. While the Venetian port, 16th-century Koules Fortress and Heraklion Archaeological Museum are all standout sights, it's the breathtaking Palace of Knossos just outside of town that pulls the biggest crowds.