Agia Varvara is a town built along the road connecting the Messara plain and the Malevizi region at an altitude of 580 m. The town enjoys a unique location with a splendid view into the Malevizi region, and a cool climate, particularly pleasant during the hot summer months. It is exposed to winds coming from every direction and gets a good share of rain during the winter months. It produces first-rate fruit and vegetables. Nowadays, there are all kinds of amenities in the village and a variety of accommodation choices, among which wonderful rent-a-villa projects. In the summer do not miss the special 'tsikoudia' (local strong alcoholic drink) feast, organized by the Cultural Association of the town. Close to Agia Varvara, in the village of Prinias, are the remnants of the ancient city of Rizenia. Excavations have revealed two archaic temples and findings also include carved representations of human figures and animals which are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.