About the Small Village with the Glorious PastThe village of Axos is built upon the ruins of a Byzantine city, which is also the home of Aphrodite's Temple. According to Homer, Axos was one of the prominent cities in the chain of major cities of the island of Crete in ancient times.
In fact, the existence of Axos was already mentioned in the Mycenaean period. This city has been mentioned since the beginning of the 13th century BC. According to the historian Herodotus, it reached its peak in prosperity during the 7th - 8th centuries BC.
The archaeological finds and historical artifacts found here in the excavations are no longer in the village itself. They were transferred to the museum in Heraklion.
Today, it resembles a typical village. Today's village of Axos is peaceful and typical to those in the Greek islands. It sports some nice shops and a village bar with lion heads, an enjoyable spot to spend some time before continuing on one's travels.
Axos is about an hour and a half drive from Heraklion and a 10-minute drive from the village of Anogia.