Tsoutsouras is an area that boasts a long and rich history, characterized by myths and folk narratives, as well as by archaeological finds from the ancient city of Inatos. Located 63km south of Heraklion, this coastal area consists of two settlements, Pera Tsoutsouros and Tsoutsouros, which are now the port of Arkalochori. The area is well-developed with all the necessary facilities for accommodation, entertainment, and food, and is ideal for a quiet family holiday. The beach is wide and sandy with crystal clear water, and is slightly organized with umbrellas and tamarisk trees. Swimming in Tsoutsouras is said to be therapeutic due to its high concentration of salt and iodine, which helps with musculoskeletal and orthopedic issues.
In addition to this, the area is full of stories and tales, such as dragons and wild beasts, as well as stories of illegal excavations. The cave in the centre of the village is said to be the place where Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth, was worshipped, and many ancient offerings have been found here. To the west of Tsoutsouras lie two parallel mountains, which are named after Zeus and Hera. It also said that King Asterion brought up Zeus’ sons in these mountains, who later reigned at Knossos, Pheastus, and Malia and were the rulers of the first great European civilization. Finally, in the Kerkelos area and south of it, there are many beautiful and unique karstic cave formations. One of them, Drakospilia, is said to have had a dragon skeleton, which was burned in order to make room for treasure hunting.