The historical village Rogdia is built at a prominent position on the namesake mount, 18 km northwest of the city of Heraklion. It is often called the “Balcony of Heraklion” as it offers great sea views.
Rogdia features some important historical monuments, like the Venetian villa of the Kallergis family. The Kallergis family was of noble Byzantine origin and had this house built in the 16th century. Although you cannot visit the interior of the villa, which has been fitted with new doors and window frames, it’s rather interesting to see the adjacent church and other old buildings around it, including the ruins of an old “fabrica” (olive oil factory)!
Alongside the venetian villa you will see the church “Panagia tis Rodeas” (Chiera Rodea) and the ruins of an older chapel which is attached to it. Originally the church was founded in the Βyzantine times, and it was renovated later. Today you can see the new chapel, with a date of 1809 inscribed above the door, the remnants of the old chapel with the ecclesiastical arched doorway, and you may discover many other traces of the past.
Explore the picturesque village of Rogdia by walking around its narrow streets and squares where you can find all the basics during your stay at the Omikron villa, such as mini market, bakery, gas station, pharmacy, lots of cafés ("kafeneion”, as the locals call them), as well as taverns!
• Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis- 19km
• Nearest beach Pantanassa - 4km
• Heraklion port - 17km
During your stay at the villa it is highly recommended that you hire a car so that you are able to visit all the beautiful attractions and places of interest in the area! The property has its own secure private parking, so finding a parking space will not be a problem for you!