Tradition and natural beauty meet!
In front of your eyes
Welcome to Anogia
The name "Anogia," signifying a "high place," is aptly tied to its location perched at an altitude of 790 meters. This elevation bestows a cooler climate with snowy winters and refreshing summer nights. The village's warm-hearted residents share captivating tales of their history and culture, celebrated for their resilience against both Turkish and German forces.
Anogia, rebuilt thrice after incursions, boasts a rich musical heritage, nurturing talents like Vasilis Skoulas, Nikos Xilouris, and Psarantonis. Traditional Cretan music fills the village air during summer weddings, open-air concerts, and festive August gatherings.
The Cave of ZEUS
One may visit the Cave of Zeus, also known as Ideon Andron, and Nida Plateau
Mythology tells us that ZEUS was born or raised in this cave by the Goddess Rhea, to hide him from his father Kronos , who had eaten all his children.
The tales tell that special warriors known as Kourites, danced with shields and metal weapons to protect Ζeus, making a clashing noise so that his father would not hear him cry.
From Anogia it is 25 km further up steep mountain roads. The road ends at Nida Plateau, with one or two small buildings and a little chapel. Behind the church, named the Church of Analipsi, which looks out over the plateau and the mountain range, is a lovely picnic area.
Archeological site of ancient Zominthos
Zominthos is situated 1187 meters above sea level on a small plain with a plentiful supply of water. It is best known for the large Minoan building discovered there: signs of permanent settlement date back to about 1800 BC. In 1982, the Greek archaeologist, Yannis Sakellarakis, unveiled a large two-story Minoan building at an altitude slightly below 1200m. The building’s unusual size and careful construction, which incorporates some features similar to royal architecture, has attracted the interest of archaeologists. The significance of the discovery is emphasized even further by the fact that it lies considerably above the limit of altitude of Minoan and modern Cretan settlements.
Excavations have unburied only a small part of the building and are still under way. However, they have made clear that the structure has been strongly built and is unusually well-preserved, with some of the remaining walls rising up to 3 meters in height.