Distance from:

Rethymnon: 67,77 Km

Hania: 123,50 Km

Heraklion: 64,39 Km

Ag. Nikolaos: 122,60 Km


It is located at an altitude of 580m., and has about 230 people who are mainly occupied with livestock farming. The earliest evidence we have for the existence of the village is the Byzantine frescoed church of Agios Nikolaos (11th-12th century). The version that the village existed since Byzantine era, was reinforced by the place names, such as the Digenis’ Seli (saddle) that is a hill with saddle shape and there is also a rock with seat shape , that named after the fact that rumors say that Digenis sat there. Apart from Agios Nikolaos church, in the village there is also the church of Theotokos , as well as the church of St. – John the Rigologos whose Feast Day is on August 29th . The mountain road that starts from Lochia, leads to the small plateau Akolyta that is one of highest mountain plateaus of Crete.