This is another one frequented tourist resort of northern Crete, located within a distance of 13 kilometers away from the city of Heraklion, near Gouves. It is permanently populated by approximately 1000 inhabitants, which is multiplying during the months of the summer. During antiquity the area obviously flourished, a fact confirmed by the ruins of the Minoan palace of Niros. Among other items of particular archaeological interest, vessels, vases, utensils, and ceramics were found. There is also evidence that a shipyard used to operate during the Minoan times on the beach in front of the village, remains of which were discovered during the excavations that took place.
In the general area you will find lots of tourist facilities, ranging from big hotel complexes to smaller hotels and rooms to let. There are also several taverns and restaurants to choose from as well as easy access via rented vehicles or buses.