THE VILLAGE: The semi mountainous landscape of this village is different from the sea landscape and worth visiting. Its formation is very picturesque combining olive tree groves, sculptured rock formations and spectacular views to the sea. The village is ideal for people looking for privacy, deep relaxation and sea activities
The village, a very old settlement from Venetian Times, is located at 600m altitude and has been famous from ancient times for its healthy, dry climate. It is surrounded by forests and beautiful and gigantic rocks, has many natural water springs (from where Anatoli takes water) and many places of natural beauty to explore, either by walking, by mountain bike or by car.
As the village is built against a steep slope, car access is restricted. The houses are surrounded by walkways, while the main road and parking area are at a distance of 15-30 m.
The village consists mainly of houses in some of which can still be found donkeys, chicken, cats, etc. It has not been exploited touristicly since there is an active cultural society aiming at sustainable development.
A. IN THE VILLAGE
MANOLI'S TAVERN - on the main upper main road of the village - local, simple, inexpensive food.
DRYES TAVERN - 11/2 km east of Anatoli, on the road to Kalamafka - The tavern is set against a rock with water spring, huge trees and panoramic view to Ierapetra offers excellent Cretan food.
KALAMAFKA VILLAGE - 5 km east of Anatoli-a village known for its taverns with good, inexpensive food.
VILLA MALES – in the village MALLES west of ANATOLI - a new Coffee-Restaurant House with very good light Cretan cuisine.
IERAPETRA CITY: Water front laid out as an esplanade with bars, restaurants, coffee houses, pizza, fish tavernas etc In the area of the old fortress I distinguish the Napoleon tavern with certified Cretan Cuisine and Gorgona tavern with fresh seafood.
Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea), reachable within 20 min. At KALO CHORIO (ancient site “Istron”gulf of Mirabello) is found one of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure, shallow waters, called “VOULISMA”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, marked with BLUE FLAG, among which the best are AGIA GALINI (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public),AGIA FOTIA, FERMA, KOUTSOUNARI etc.
This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments
Archaeological site is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete). Descend to the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating in isolation.
Minoan city is LATO, flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos, where you can admire the model of planning of an archaic Greek city, also recognizable in Roman cities, and depicted, as prevailing idea in cities through ages, even close to modern times (ex. Regency Street, London as an attractive city spine with monuments).
GOURNIA, excavated recently (1900) also in a beautiful landscape.
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA, all frescoed 13th- 14th century in pre renaissance style, before it flourished in the West with the fall of Constantinople.
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed 14th c. medieval monastery and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. Swim in famous VAI BAY with fine sand and Palm trees and visit Itanos, the last eastern city of Minoan times.
Palaikastro, a Minoan village and a hellenistic sanctuary, devoted to Zeus Diktaius. It has an impressive site by the seashore.
The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE, an impressive archaeological site as well as of natural beauty. A Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus.
SPINALOGA CASTLE- fortified island (from Venetian times, now a museum area).
ARCHAEOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS of AGIOS NIKOLAOS and IERAPETRA.
CHRISSI ISLAND (Golden island) Ierapetra port:-One day excursion to this tiny island famous for its golden, sand beaches