RETASTE: Rethink Food Resources, Losses, and Waste 4th International Conference, Heraklion, Greece, September 25-27, 2024

Archanes guide

Explore the Archanes

A Timeless Blend of History, Culture, and Flavor

Nestled in the heart of Crete, Archanes is a picturesque agricultural town where history and tradition come alive. With a history spanning over 5000 years, this vibrant town is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders, rich cultural heritage, and mouth-watering local cuisine. Just a 20-minute drive from Heraklion, Archanes offers visitors an enchanting escape into the past, surrounded by lush vineyards, olive groves, and the breathtaking Cretan landscape.

The history

Archanes is steeped in history, dating back to the Minoan era. Significant archaeological excavations have uncovered numerous sites from this period, revealing the town’s ancient grandeur. The Archaeological Museum of Archanes (Tel. (+30) 2810.752.712, open Wed-Mon 08:30-16:00) showcases a wealth of artifacts, offering a glimpse into the town’s illustrious past. Remnants of a Minoan palace, once as important as Knossos, can still be seen scattered throughout the area.

The Traditions

With deep roots in Minoan antiquity, Archanes boasts a long-standing tradition of wine and olive oil production. Perched at an altitude of 400 meters, the town is enveloped by fertile plains, olive groves, and vineyards. Visitors can explore traditional olive and wine presses, learning about ancient production methods. One of the oldest wine presses, Vathipetro, is located here, offering a unique window into the past.

Where to Eat in Archanes

Cretan cuisine is celebrated for its fresh, flavorful ingredients, and Archanes is no exception. The town’s central square is a culinary haven, where visitors can indulge in local delicacies made from the finest produce. Sample freshly pressed olive oil, aromatic wines, and traditional dishes that showcase the rich culinary heritage of Crete. The central square of Archanes is home to numerous restaurants and tavernas, perfect for savoring world-famous Cretan cuisine. Some recommended spots include:

Taverna Kritamon: Renowned for its traditional dishes and warm hospitality.
Bakaliko Crete: Offers a modern twist on classic Cretan recipes.
and many more.

What to Visit in Archanes

Archanes is a town of colorful houses, blooming flowers, and well-tended gardens. Recognized for its well-preserved architecture, the town has won awards for its restoration and development. Key sites to explore include:

Archaeological Museum of Archanes: Housing important Minoan artifacts.
Traditional Olive and Wine Presses: Learn about ancient production methods.
Koronekes Olive Mill: Offers tours and tastings of extra virgin olive oil.

What to Visit Around Archanes

The surrounding areas of Archanes are rich in historical and natural attractions. Some must-visit sites include:

Anemospilia: An archaeological site with Minoan ruins.
Phourni: A Minoan graveyard on the edge of the village.
Vathypetro: Notable for its archaeological finds and stunning views of Crete.
Skalani: A nearby village known for its beautiful scenery and wineries, such as the acclaimed Boutari Winery and Lyrarakis Winery.

How to Get There from Heraklion

Archanes is easily accessible from Heraklion:

By Car: The drive takes approximately 25-35 minutes (Directions here
By Bus: Buses leave from the Heraklion bus station near the harbor every hour, starting from 08:15 a.m. (More information: KTEL Heraklion-Lasithi).
Conference Bus: A free bus departs daily from Eleftherias Square to Archanes at 08:30 a.m. and returns to Heraklion at 5:30 p.m.

About the Venue

The conference will be held at the historic Didaskalion school building, located at Leoforos Kapetanaki 53, Epano Archanes, 70100. Dating back to the late 19th century, this recently refurbished building now features modern facilities and complete accessibility across all floors, providing an ideal setting for conferences and events.

For further exploration, simply wander through the cobbled streets of Archanes, take in its unique architecture, and immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.