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Pyrgos Myrtos Archaeological Site

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The lesser-known Minoan settlement of Pirgos can be found just east of the coastal village of Myrtos, near Ierapetra, situated on a low hill overlooking the eastern bank of the river Krygios. With views of both the sea to the south and the forested Dikti range to the north, this location was chosen by the Minoans after they abandoned the nearby settlement of Fournou Kefali. Pirgos thrived from 2200 BC until around 1450 BC.

Archaeologist Gerald Catogan first excavated the site in 1969-70, with the British School of Archaeology continuing his work in 1981-82. Numerous building ruins were discovered, including a luxurious building at the top of the hill, believed to be the leader’s residence. The pottery found at Pirgos was quite elegant, showcasing sophisticated and impressive art.

A short trail leads visitors through the various buildings to the top of the hill, which is the most interesting point of the site. Here, floors, foundations, walls, and various stairs made from colorful stones ranging from white to purple create a visually striking puzzle.

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Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, Apartment Kastro Apartment by Interhome is situated in Myrtos. This apartment features a garden as well as a bar.

The apartment with a terrace and garden views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with an a bath or shower. Featuring free private parking, this 3-star apartment also features free WiFithroughout the property.

Myrtos Beach is 400 metres from the apartment, while Vatos Beach is 2.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from Apartment Kastro Apartment by Interhome.

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€121

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  • 600 m

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony, Apartment Kastro Superior Apartment by Interhome is set in Myrtos. Located 400 metres from Myrtos Beach, the property offers a garden.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a terrace with garden views. Offering free private parking, this 3-star apartment also features free WiFithroughout the property.

Vatos Beach is 2.6 km from the apartment, while Lake Voulismeni is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from Apartment Kastro Superior Apartment by Interhome.

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€139

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  • 600 m
  • 9 / 10

Boasting garden views, Studio Kastro Studio by Interhome provides accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 400 metres from Myrtos Beach. This property offers access to a terrace and free private parking.

With free WiFi, this apartment features a satellite TV and a kitchenette with an oven and microwave.

Guests can also relax in the garden.

Vatos Beach is 2.6 km from the apartment, while Lake Voulismeni is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from Studio Kastro Studio by Interhome.

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€83

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  • 600 m
  • 8.2 / 10
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Esperides Hotel is located in Myrtos, on the outskirts of Ierapetra, only 200 metres away from the beach. It offers sunny rooms with Wi-Fi, a traditional Cretan tavern, 2 bars and a pool.

Set in a peaceful environment surrounded by flower gardens, Esperides offers year-round accommodation. Rooms are air-conditioned and have TV and balcony with view to the sea or the mountains.

The city of Ierapetra is 14 km away. Heraklion Airport is 80 km away via Arkalochori local road, while Agios Nikolaos Port is 50 km away.

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€48

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  • 610 m
  • 8.8 / 10
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Kastro Studios & Apartments are located 150 metres from the sea, in Mirtos village. The complex is set in a lovely 2,000 square metre garden and features a swimming pool and a library.

All accommodation types at Kastro are self-catering and spacious with independent balconies. Air conditioning, TV and safe are included.

Other facilities and services include a snack bar and free parking. Facilities and rooms for the disabled are also available.

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€77

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  • 610 m
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Situated in Myrtos, 100 metres from Myrtos Beach and 2.5 km from Vatos Beach, Spitaki features air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. With garden views, this accommodation offers a balcony.

This holiday home has 1 bedroom, a kitchen with an oven and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom fitted with a shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Lake Voulismeni is 46 km from the holiday home, while Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from Spitaki.

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€122

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  • 630 m
  • 6.3 / 10
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Featuring garden views, The Boat House provides accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around a few steps from Myrtos Beach. It features a terrace, a bar, sea views and free WiFithroughout the property.

This apartment is equipped with 1 bedroom, a kitchen with an oven and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom equipped with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment.

If you would like to discover the area, canoeing and pub crawls are possible in the surroundings.

Vatos Beach is 2.5 km from the apartment, while Lake Voulismeni is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from The Boat House.

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  • 650 m
  • 9.2 / 10
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Set in Myrtos, 100 metres from Myrtos Beach and 2.4 km from Vatos Beach, Mitato Studios offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden and a terrace.

All units come with a balcony with inner courtyard views, a kitchenette with a fridge and a stovetop, and a private bathroom with shower. Kitchenware and kettle are also offered.

Lake Voulismeni is 46 km from the apartment, while Panagia Kera Church (in Kritsa) is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 72 km from Mitato Studios.

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