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Milatos Cave

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Situated in the Lassithi Prefecture, just 3 km from the village of Milatos, the Cave of Milatos holds a poignant place in local history, despite its scarcity of stalactites and stalagmites. This site is notably remembered for the tragic loss of approximately 3,600 individuals who were massacred by Ottoman forces in February 1823, amid the fervor of the Greek Revolution.

This period marked a significant uprising against Ottoman domination, with Crete joining the Greeks in their quest for liberation. The Ottoman response was harsh, aimed at quelling the insurrection through widespread violence and destruction.

In a desperate bid for safety, the inhabitants of Milatos sought refuge within the cave, with men guarding the entrance while surrounded by Ottoman forces, effectively trapping them. After enduring two weeks of starvation and dehydration from February 3rd to the 15th, the besieged Greeks made a valiant attempt to break free and confront their adversaries, leading to a tragic outcome where many were slain, including 18 priests who were burned alive. The few who survived were sold into slavery in Egypt.

In memory of this somber event, a small chapel dedicated to Saint Thomas was erected inside the cave in 1935, alongside a memorial containing the remains of those who perished. An annual memorial service is held in the cave to honor their memory.

The cave itself is expansive, covering 2,100 sq.m., with dimensions of 73 meters in length and 63 meters in width, featuring eight entrances and varying heights between one and three meters. Archaeological evidence within the cave suggests it was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic era. Visitors can reach the cave by parking in the valley below and following a narrow, 200-meter-long path that winds through a gorge.

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  • 7.5 / 10
  • Milatou

Set in Milatos and only 2.6 km from Balos Beach, Villa VEDA offers accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. With mountain views, this accommodation features a terrace.

The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a bath. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Aspes Beach is 2.7 km from the holiday home, while Lake Voulismeni is 26 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 43 km from Villa VEDA.

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€58

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  • 340 m
  • Ag.dimitries 1

Situated in Milatos, 1.7 km from Plaka Beach and 1.8 km from Volia Beach, Villa Sabrina offers air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to free WiFi and free private parking.

The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

Hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Balos Beach is 2.1 km from the holiday home, while Lake Voulismeni is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 42 km from Villa Sabrina.

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€146

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  • 890 m
  • 9.1 / 10
  • Μίλατος

Situated in Milatos, just 1.4 km from Plaka Beach, Villa Douloumi features beachfront accommodation with a private beach area, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and free WiFi. This villa offers air-conditioned accommodation with a patio.

The villa has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with mountain views.

The villa offers a picnic area. If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling and cycling are possible in the surroundings and Villa Douloumi can arrange a car rental service.

Volia Beach is 1.5 km from the accommodation, while Milatos Port Beach is 1.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 42 km from Villa Douloumi, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 980 m
  • Milatos 1st floor

Situated in Milatos, 1.2 km from Plaka Beach and 1.4 km from Volia Beach, Armyra apartment offers air conditioning. It has a terrace, mountain views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The apartment features 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with sea views.

Milatos Port Beach is 1.5 km from the apartment, while Lake Voulismeni is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 42 km from Armyra apartment.

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€87

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  • 1,000 m
  • 9.8 / 10
  • Milatos Road Milatos-Neapolis

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, Villa Iliothea is situated in Milatos. This property offers access to a balcony, darts, free private parking and free WiFi.

The villa has 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with sea views.

The reception at the villa can provide tips on the area.

Villa Iliothea offers a children’s playground. A car rental service is available at the accommodation, while fishing and hiking can be enjoyed nearby.

Plaka Beach is 2.3 km from Villa Iliothea, while Volia Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International, 43 km from the villa, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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€323

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  • 1.0 km
  • 8.4 / 10
  • Epano Milatos

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, garden view and a terrace, Pakio Luxury Villa: Private Cretan Holidays is situated in Milatos. The villa has access to a restaurant and free WiFithroughout the property.

This villa features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 2 bathrooms fitted with a bath. Towels and bed linen are available in the villa.

Staff at the villa are available to provide advice at the 24-hour front desk.

Pakio Luxury Villa: Private Cretan Holidays offers an outdoor fireplace. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the accommodation.

Plaka Beach is 2.4 km from Pakio Luxury Villa: Private Cretan Holidays, while Volia Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 43 km from the villa.

  • 1.1 km
  • 10 / 10

Located only 1.1 km from Volia Beach in Milatos, Beautiful Villa near Sea in Epano Sisi provides accommodation equipped with a terrace, garden and outdoor pool. The accommodation is less than 1 km from the Plaka Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned villa consists of 4 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the villa.

The villa offers a barbecue.

Milatos Port Beach is 1.2 km from Beautiful Villa near Sea in Epano Sisi, while Lake Voulismeni is 25 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 42 km from the accommodation.

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€52

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  • 1.2 km
  • Παραλία Μιλάτου

Situated in Milatos and only a few steps from Balos Beach, Alkion SeaSide features accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. With mountain views, this accommodation offers a balcony.

The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom and a living room. A flat-screen TV is available.

Aspes Beach is 100 metres from the apartment, while Volia Beach is 300 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 43 km from Alkion SeaSide.

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