What to do in the Area
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What to do in the area: Visit the famous Minoan civilisation ruins at Knossos 6 km. from villa. Take a short walk in the beautiful valley 500 metres down the Farraggi (gorge) in the old river bed or a long walk until you reach Myrtia famous for Nikos Kazantzakis museum( shcolar) approx. 2 hours . Visit the Past Times Museum 3 km away on the way to Archanes. Fourni Antiqities in Kato Archanes 5 km. The Open air Stone Theatre on the hill in Kato Archanes in Kefala where you can see professional actors perform the works of Homer under the starry Greek sky a few times during  summer.   The whole experience leaves you speechless. Take a drive up to the mountain of Yiouctas, wonderful views all around. Shops /Tavernas in Kato Archanes/Pano Archanes and cafeterias
Pano Archanes 6 km. away from villa.   This is a large town with lots of open air tavernas, shops, Bakeries, Clothes/gift shops. Pharmacies, farmer's co-op where you can watch grape crushing for wine making, and wines being bottled for export (the tasting is also interesting!) We recommend a nice Taverna for tasty home cooked meals, where you receive proper Greek hospitality and quality.   It is called "Tsivaeri"and it is on the one way system after the church of Panagias Twice a week you can see and participate in Greek dancing (Greek dancers wearing proper costumes) in the Kentro Ampelos opposite the Tsivaeri taverna.   This is truly an unforgettable experience. All shops in Pano Archanes have a half a day on Tuesdays the day you arrive so we recommend you shop from Skalani on your first day. Telephone booths and phone top up available also.
SHOPPING Skalani 2 Km. away is the nearest town to the villa.  The shops and mini Supermarket are open all hours until late at night. Other amenities here are: A Pharmacy, tavernas, bars, bakery, butchers, petrol station, post office, a church, surgery, and a bank with a cash point machine