Anogia has a history that is both powerful and tragic - burned by the Turks, then by the Germans who during the second world war rounded up and shot all the men in the village as reprisal for the kidnapping of a German general. From Heraklion - the easiest and swiftest route - the drive is wonderful, via winding mountain roads, passing through some interesting villages including Tilissos. Stockbreeding is the predominant source of wealth in this area. If lamb is to your liking, the savory aroma of it cooking at the tavernas in the lower part of the village, is tempting indeed. The air is mountain-fresh, the local raki and food genuinely good and usually made with local ingredients. The square of Agios Georgios offers a splendid exhibition of local life and a good place to stop for coffee, buy local cheese and visit the small church of the same name. Traditional Cretan music can be enjoyed in the summer in concerts which are held in the open theatre, as well as in festivals the two first weeks of August. Venture from Anogia to the awe-inspiring and enormous plateau, the Nida Plateau and visit the Ideon Cave in a truly scenic journey. If you are looking for high quality accommodation in the wider area, explore the available rent-a-villa options.