The seaside village of Agia Pelagia
25km south-west of Heraklion is the beautiful coastal village of Agia Pelagia. This tiny village with a population of 430 inhabitants takes its name from the local church that is located in the Monastery of Sebbanthians, the ruins of which are located close to the village.
Agia Pelagia is located in a pretty sheltered bay with sandy beaches, many small bays and a calm sea.
Over the last few years it has developed into a pleasant and well organised tourist resort with many facilities for visitors.
Recent excavations in and around the village have discovered Minoan and Hellenistic remains of a large rectangular building dating from many centuries BC. It is believed that Agia Pelagia may have been the site of the ancient Apollonia. In ancient times the area was known as Panormus. Interesting places to visit are the post-Minoan tombs and the University building (Pritanion) of the 4th century BC. These findings give support to the theory that here was the site of the ancient city of Apollonia. Close by is also the cave, named Evresi where, allegedly, the icon of Agia Pelagia was found.