Just the right place to spend a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Tourism has hardly touched this village and “filoxenia” (Greek for hospitality) is simply the motto of Episkopi. A tradition deeply rooted in the Cretan way of life. So being a guest in this village will show you first hand what Cretan hospitality really means.
The name Episkopi dates back to the second Byzantine period on Crete. During this time the bishop seat of the coastal village Hersonissos was moved further inland. Episkopi means bishop seat. Many small Byzantine churches with frescos from the Cretan School of Renaissance
(14th/15th century) are found in and around the village.
Minoan finds from the 2nd millennium B.C. have been discovered around Episkopi. Two important places of Minoan worship the Eileithyia cave and the Skotino cave are not far away.
Today Episkopi is a municipality consisting of the following villages: Episkopi, Sgourokefali, Aitania, Kaenourgio Chorio, Galipe, Galifa and the settlements of Stamni, Skopela and Chohlakies.
The main source of income is from agriculture. Olive groves and vineyards surround the villages. Life moves with a different pace compared to the coastal tourist areas. This is Crete the way it was and the way it is meant to be.
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Episkopi - Right in the “heart” of Crete.
• Nearest airport Heraklion - 20 minutes by car to villa. Episkopi lies 18 km to the southeast of Heraklion.
• Nearest beach Amnissos-Karteros 10 minutes by car from villa.
• For your food shopping you will find a baker, pastry shop, butcher, supermarkets and green grocer.
• There is also a barber shop, post office, bank (ATM), chemist/pharmacy, medical center, card phone, 2 taxis, bus service to/from Heraklion 3x daily, gas/petrol and a police station.