In the northwestern foothills of Mount Afentis and just 42 kilometers from Heraklion lies the quite large village of Kastamonitsa. Because of its location as a natural fortress, at the entrance to the Lasithi plateau, it often became a battlefield in the 19th century.
Archaeological findings also indicate human activity in the area since ancient times. Wells, factories and distilleries preserve the local tradition and compose a scenery with references to the past. Byzantine and Post – Byzantine churches have survived in the area, as the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the cemetery of the village.
Kastamonitsa today is a beautiful picturesque village, which retains many of the traditional architectural elements.