Esperides Resort Crete is located at the heart of the traditional Cretan settlement of Koutouloufari. The village is nestled amphitheatrically among the foothills of the nearby mountain, 100 metres above the sea, where it enjoys a spectacular view of the bay of Hersonissos just 1 kilometre away.
Koutouloufari was probably first settled during the Middle Ages in order to escape the frequent pirate raids along the northern coast, a frequent migration inland for Cretans of that time, who would often seek higher ground and places less exposed to seafaring marauders. Today, Koutouloufari has direct and easy access to the sea and is a popular and picturesque destination —while still maintaining its distinctive traditional architecture, colour and warm hospitality. Take your time to stroll along the village’s narrow cobbled streets and alleyways lined by old stone houses and flower-filled courtyards. It is also well worth visiting the Church of Agios Vassilios (St. Basil), which was built in 1840 over an older church dating to the14th century. In Koutouloufari you will also find numerous traditional tavernas, cafés, bars and shops featuring wonderful items to bring home as souvenirs of your vacation.
Other traditional settlements that are nearby and well worth exploring during your stay at Esperides Resort & Spa are: Ano (Upper) Hersonissos and Piskopiano, where, among other sights, you can visit the Menelaos Parlamas Museum of Rural Life, which contains a splendid collection of traditional woven fabrics from all over the island.
Distances from Esperides Resort Crete
Hersonissos: 1 km
Heraklion: 29 km
Heraklion Airport: 26.6 km
Κnossos: 32.4 km
Malia: 7.7 km
Antiquities of Malia: 10.7 km
Agios Nikolaos: 38.6 km
Elounda: 46.2 km
Crete Golf Club: 6.3 km
Spinaloga Island & Plaka Village: 30m drive
Thalassokosmos Aquarium: 30m drive