- Near Villages
Ano (Upper) Kastelliana
Located 52 km from Heraklion lies Ano Kastelliana, on the northern foothills of Asterousia Mountains. The steep hill Kastelos is nearby and there lies the homonymous archaeological site.
During your visit to Ano Kastelliana today, it is worth making an excursion to the steep hill Kastelos. At the top of it, you can walk in the ruins of the once majestic castle Belvedere, in which there are three churches of the 14th to 15th century in a relatively good condition The view from this point to Messara valley on the west, Asterousia Mountains on the south and Lassithi Mountains on the east, is absolutely fantastic.