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The Greeks dreamed the dream of life most beautifully
Goethe


"Aretoussa Pension" is located in the old, traditional village Pitsidia, south of Heraklion near the Lybian Sea.
Pitsidia has around 700 inhabitants. The area is famous for it's very healthy climate all over the year. In Pitsidia are living many persons, who are more than 90 years old. People here say olive oil and raki are better than every medicine. Of course we serve our own raki, wine and olive oil - cold pressure.

You can also enjoy the fantastic vegetables and the fresh fish at the taverns of our village.

With nearly each step you do in our region, you are walking on historically important earth.

Only some kilometres from Pitsidia you 'll find the famous archaeological sites of Festos, Gortys or Agia Triada. You can reach the ruins of the harbour of Festos, which was built in the middle minoan period, by a beautiful 20 minutes-walk. The long and sandy beach near to this excavation is still one of the most natural of the South coast. If you are lucky, you can watch here see-turtles.

For a beautiful long walking you find here many paths to small churches, monasteries and gorges. A special tip for the early springtime, when we have here thousands of wild flowers and orchids. Enjoy the colours of all the seasons!!!

A beautiful surprise is the Red Beach. A small, lonely bay with red sand and interesting stones of an artist.




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