Anopolis is known most for the area of Kopsa, the stage of a huge battle during the Second world war and the magnificent Monastery of St Giannis. The Monastery participated in the struggle for the liberation against the Turkish occupants and there is a reference to the existence of a secret school for Cretan children in the church.
The village is ideal for those wishing to spend quality time in a small, peaceful, quiet Cretan community with friendly kafeneions yet still be near the sea and within easy access to great beaches and beach resort towns. The location is perfect to choose too as a base for exploring the rest of the island. The area is ideal for walking, bird-watching, cycling, and other country-based natural activities. The village itself boasts a unique handicraft Park, with over 14 different workshops of highly skilled Cretan craftsmen that you can visit and follow educational shows, look at their produce display, and buy souvenirs their products. There are two fantastic local tavernas and in general, a peaceful village is an ideal place for romantic getaways and a perfect haven for nature lovers. The village history goes back a long way and monuments can be seen sprinkled around every corner, adding grace and further beauty to this hidden gen of Crete.
Finally, ask Julie to help you experience what its like living like a true Cretan. Have you ever wondered what it's like to collect grapes or produce olive oil? Would you like to find out how wine or raki is made or spend a day collecting olives? Perhaps you would like a bicycle and to be escorted around the nearby villages and learn more about them? Just ask Julie and she will organise a unique experience for you, one that will remain in your memory long after you leave!
Anopolis Village history is captivating and you'll be fascinated by how this tiny little village so close to the largest city on the island, has managed to keep its authenticity and traditions. There is just one small grocery store in the square,'Gogo's', which, apart from selling almost everything one needs in the daytime from wholesome bread, fresh fruits and vegatables, it moulds into the local 'eating place ' after dusk offering mezes to main meals from Gogos own kitchen. If you stroll around the narrow alleys you ll be certain to meet more than a few members of Anopolis cat community, many of which that will be at your door if you make friends with them! Striking bushes of boukamvilia surge in bloom from the tiny quaint houses offering creative visitors a perfect setting for inspiration, For another delicious dinner in Anopolis one can visit, Dora at the' Golden Cage', a superb class family-run enterprise just next to the church ..which regularly opens its doors to all visitors who can t help buT marvel at the splendid icons and gloriously painted frescoes.
THE CRETAN EVENING FIESTA!
A terrific night show that visitors flock to from everywhere in Crete that is in the village. The Anopolis by night is definitely an experience you and your family will remember and shouldn't miss!. The show operates every night except Mondays.Tckets can be bought on-line or at the door. The show includes a full Cretan dinner but Julie's visitors may also watch the show and sit at the bar. More information is on the site . https://anopolis.gr/en/
Ideal for families and fun-seekers, the Watercity offers a great day of entertainment and relaxation and is just a few minutes walk away from our property .With an abundance of slides,games and shoots the park offers amazing views too of the beach resort of Kokkini Hani (Julie's Apartments). Tickets can be purchased either online or at the entrance. Further information -https://www.watercity.gr/en/index.php
ANOPOLIS HANDICRAFT PARK
With over 22 local technicians this park is a treasure to those who love art and crafts! We welcome you to join one of the handicraft workshops and gain hands-on advice from some of the finest Cretan craftsmen. Ceramics.bronze casting, glass blowing and more...Follow educational workshops, make you own souvenirs, learn about ancient techniques. To have a private tour of the handicraft park any day. Just ask Julie!.
The village is becoming increasingly popular with tourists with many deciding even to invest in small second home's here, buying cottages to relax away mostly during the summer period. The village has a rich history of battles and hardships yet it's proud and friendly inhabitants extend warm welcomes to everyone . We encourage our guests to visit the magnificent St Yiannis Monastery (which is in fact in full view anyway from your balcony!)
The village of Anopolis is three kilometres from the local beaches of Kokkini Hani. The largers beaches along the jagged coastline offer Watersports,boat trips and there is always plenty of space to relax as well as enjoy delicious meals at the many tavernas dotted along it's coast.