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Fodele, the village and the landscape

If you are looking for the best of traditional Cretan villages near Heraklion, #Fodele is a great option. This scenic village, just about 20 kilometers to the west of #Heraklion, is located in a picturesque small valley with lush vegetation, orange groves, olive trees, and water resources.



The Byzantine church dedicated to Virgin Mary

The village is mentioned in Venetian-period written sources, even from the middle of 13th century. The prosperous area however was inhabited from previous periods, as the archaeological remains indicate. Moreover, during the first half of the 20th century some scholars proposed that a famous Greek painter who became famous for his work in Spain in the 16th century, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), was born in Fodele.

“Fodele, full of water, gardens and orange trees.”

Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco




⇑ Pros: scenic place, view, authentic Cretan food, sense of living like a local.


Cons: as in almost every other Cretan village, renovation and redevelopment works, as well as construction of modern day concrete buildings affected to a certain degree the authenticity of the place, especially in the lower part of the valley.



⇨ Where to go / what to do:

Food, coffee and drinks, wander in the valley around the village,head to the Byzantine church of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (dated to 11th-12th centuries, built on the site of a previous Basilica of Late Antiquity), and the nearby Museum dedicated to El Greco, housed into a vernacular building (the museum exhibits reproductions of his work, Apr-Oct, 09:00-17:00, admission 2 euros; don't miss a coffee in the coffee shop there!), or ascent to the Venetian-period monastery of St Panteleimon.



🔝 Best time to visit:  All over the year, especially on a specific Sunday in Spring (like today 07 April 2019) when the local festival for oranges is taking place.




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