Anopolis is a small picturesque village located just three kilometers south from Kato Gouves and almost 15 kilometres from downtown Heraklion. From the old village of Hersonisos to Anopolis the distance is about 16 kilometers.
As you drive from Gouves through Kokkini Hani up to Anopolis you will enjoy excellent views of the Cretan shore, Dia island and the Aegean sea.
Anopolis is a village away from the cosmopolitan beaches along the south Cretan shore. As you walk through the charming streets and alleys of the village, you can feel the spirit of old times gone by and imagine the life of the past and survival that shaped Anopolis unique atmosphere.
The village consists of tiny little narrow alleys and whitewashed homes, many of them surrounded by flowered yards that retain a relaxing atmosphere. As you walk to the small main square, you can meet friendly villagers, at the Gogos cafe and you can immerse yourself in the warm, high quality of life, at a slow and relaxing pace, hospitable culture of Anopolis. Remember! Time here does not matter!
At the kafeneio you can enjoy tsikoudia and home made food. Almost 100 meters away is the Golden Cage cafe and restaurant where you can enjoy some local plates, such as dolmadakia and galaktoboureko.
Anopolis is well positioned as a base for many excursions throughout Crete. You can find some affordable rooms for rent in the vilage. The surrounding areas of the village are ideal for walking, bird-watching, cycling and other country-based natural activities, it offer perfect opportunity to get away from the crowds usually found at the tourist spots of Crete.