A protected village with special grants given for renovation to local standards like wooden shutters, ceramic roofs etc., exceptionally pretty village – inland from Heraklion about 15 minutes drive now there is a new road. The architecture of the buildings in the village are fantastic. There is a fantastic square with tavernas, shops and restaurants. Even the supermarkets and mini markets are to a certain style. Archanes has it's own open air cinema. It is 14 kilometres to Heraklion and about 15 kilometres to the sea .