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Peza village, Heraklion Crete

Situated at a distance of 18 kilometres far from Heraklion at the Southeast, the rather small inland village of Peza is an important agricultural and economic center, due to the extended agricultural products, mainly wine and olive oil. It has several agricultural co-operatives, many wine factories and a long tradition in viniculture and olive trees' growing. The village has a population of more than 400 permanent residents.

Despite its small size, there are many things worth seeing in the village. There are interesting buildings as the wine factory "Minos", which, apart from the production of wine, open to the visitor, has also a Museum where it is exhibited the traditional equipment of wine making.

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The visitor is introduced to the secrets of wine making, through the audiovisual material available and, of course, if you be there you will be able to taste the products of the factory and buy various local products.

The Union of Agricultural Co-operatives of Peza plays a major role  in the economy of the area and there you may find high quality local products, where as in the Museum you may see equipment for wine making, soap making and olive oil industry.

Some 4 kilometres far from Peza at the Northeast, in the village of Myrtia it is found the Nikos Kazantzakis' Museum. It is also worth seeing an interesting bridge, close to the village of Aghia Irini, on the National Road leading from Heraklion to Peza and Southern Crete.

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If you are interested in byzantine churches, it is worth going to the village of Kounavi, some 2 kilometres at the southwest of Peza, to see the church of Panaghia and of Christ Saviour, with the five cupolas; tradition states that the five cupolas have been built by five sisters who never married and were dedicated to God. You may also visit the small church of Aghios Ioannis, at the village of Aghios Vasilios, some 2 kilometres to the South; the church has interesting wall paintings and dates back to the 13th century.

Three important historic monasteries are found in the broader area of Peza. The Monastery of Panaghia Spiliotissa is situated at Aghios Vasilios near the church of Aghios Ioannis, within a lanscape with luxurious green and current water.

The Angarathou Monastery is found some 11 kilometres at the East, and the Monastery of Aghios Georghios Epanossifi, some 15 kilometres at the South.

Only a few rooms to let are available in the village, for those who would choose to stay here, far from the crowded beaches. But, of course, you will find good food and better wine and tsikoudia in the traditional taverns and cafes of the village.

Access from Heraklion is very easy, by public bus with frequent service, taxi and rented or private cars and motorbikes.

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