Anatoli Village

The village of ANATOLI holds its written history from Byzantine and Venetian times.

The village of ANATOLI holds its written history from Byzantine and Venetian times. It has retained its medieval architectural character and its rich natural environment, while it is at close distance, 12-20 km, to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of southeastern Crete.

At 600m altitude Anatoli captures fantastic views to the sea while being surrounded by olive groves, gigantic rock formations and natural spring waters.

At 12 km the city of IERAPETRA offers all facilities and activities of a big city, while the cosmopolitan city of AGIOS NICOLAOS (capital of the prefecture) is just at 20km

Daily cultural excursions to Archaeological sites, Medieval Monuments, Gorges and Trails of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.



In the village you will find:

  • MANOLIS TAVERN - on the main road towards Kalamafka, east end of the village tel: 28420 41170
  • ALTHEA - shop of authentic products of olive oil, herbs and honey, and of their derivatives, for medical and cosmetic use, that will cure and rejuvenate body and mind. /visits upon appointment +30 6932713245
  • DONKEYS SANCTUARY- a beautiful donkey sanctuary, since 2006 a "not for profit" charitable organization, the first sanctuary registered in Crete. Visitors welcomed /

Around Anatoli you can explore and visit:

  • The Sarakina Gorge, west of  Anatoli, past the village of Malles
  • The Selakano Forest and the charming “Pezoulia” tavern at the end of the road tel: +30 28420 89500
  • The “Exakousti” Monasteri in Malles phone number :+302844770990
  • The  Tavern of Agia Paraskevi (past the village of Malles) - a quaint place to be and eat
  • PANORAMA traditional tavern in the neighbouring village of KALAMAFKA (6 km east of Anatoli) tel +30 28420 092459, +30 6980540319
  • Taverns in Kalamafka: neighboring village east of Anatoli, which gathers a lot of taverns, a meeting place for the inhabitants of Ierapetra
  • The  Havgas Gorge starting in Kalamafka


Walk on trails

(a complete guide to be soon published)

Guided tours available upon request

Trails around Anatoli:

4 picturesque trails/walking paths start from the edges of the village, leading to land where the villagers used to cultivate vegetables, fruits, crops and productive trees (olive trees, cob trees etc), as their nutrition was mostly based on home economy. Each trail is marked by a small chapel, where the villagers, during the hard working days, could relax, pray for their crop but also celebrate on several days of the year with dancing, drinking and being together as a community.

The trails are not very long (1.0 -2.5 km long), easy to reach and walk on them, while you admire the beautiful landscape that unwinds around you, interchanging from astonishing rocky formations to sea views. Bear on mind to bring water with you, since only St. George trail has a fountain.

Long Trails:

1. Stavros Hill and Gaidourofa archaeological excavation 
2. Monastery of Karkasia

Short trails:

3. Anatoli - Dryes (trail 3)
4. Anatoli - Saint George Byzantine Church (trail 4)

Trail 3: Anatoli - Dryes

  • Route length 1km
  • Duration: 20 min

Anatoli trail 3
Anatoli trail 3
Anatoli trail 3
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Anatoli trail 3

Trail 4: Anatoli - Saint George Byzantine Church

  • Route length 1.5km
  • Duration: 30 min

Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4
Anatoli trail 4

Anatoli Map

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