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Neapoli (Νεάπολη) is a small town and a former municipality in the Lasithi peripheral unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Agios Nikolaos, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] It is located 12 km west from Agios Nikolaos. The surrounding area is mountainous and home to a collection of native olive trees. Neapoli is a traditional Cretan town with narrow streets and cobbled roads. The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary (Megali Panagia) is located on the central square.


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Annual Festival

Annually on the 15th of August there is a holy festival dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The main square hosts musicians, traditional dancers, and a market. There are also some sports events including a cycling race around the hills of Lasithi. When it gets dark there is a procession of torches up the mountainside.

Museum of Local History

There is a small museum of local history comprising mostly photographs and postcards of Neapolis.

Local Produce

The town is surrounded by olive trees. Olives and olive oil are a very important part of the local agricultural economy.

There are also many almond trees. A traditional local product of Neapoli is a drink, made from almonds, called Soumada (also spelt Soumatha). It is a very sweet almond-flavored, non-alcoholic, soft drink that can also be delicately flavored with flowers (providing variations of the aroma and the flavor).

Local Wildlife

Whilst walking around the hills surrounding Neapoli, apart from the usual tortoises, hare, goats, and xylophagidae (known more commonly in Greece as Tzitzikia), one can occasionally see eagles, hummingbirds, and scorpions. The scorpions are usually hiding under rocks.

Division of the municipality of Neapolis with a population 6765 in 2001:

  • Neapolis / Δ.δ. Νεαπόλεως [ 2987 ]
  • Agios Antonios / Δ.δ. Αγίου Αντωνίου [ 91 ]
    • Agios Antonios / ο Άγιος Αντώνιος [ 17 ]
    • Amygdalolakkos / ο Αμυγδαλόλακκος [ 3 ]
    • Anogeia / τα Ανώγεια [ 16 ]
    • Kounalion / το Κουνάλιον [ 44 ]
    • Tsambion / το Τσαμπίον [ 9 ]
    • Frathias / ο Φραθιάς [ 2 ]
  • Voulismeni / Δ.δ. Βουλισμένης [ 366 ]
  • Vrachasion / Δ.δ. Βραχασίου [ 1.275 ]
    • Vrachasion / το Βραχάσιον [ 382 ]
    • Agia Varvara / η Αγία Βαρβάρα [ 59 ]
    • Epano Sision / το Επάνω Σίσιον [ 83 ]
    • Kartsinianos / ο Καρτσινιανός [ 16 ]
    • Pyrgos / ο Πύργος [ 21 ]
    • Selinari / το Σεληνάρι [ 7 ]
    • Sision / το Σίσιον [ 707 ]
  • Vryses / Δ.δ. Βρυσών [ 318 ]
    • Vryses / οι Βρύσες [ 313 ]
    • Giofyri / το Γιοφύρι [ 2 ]
    • Drasi / το Δράσι [ 3 ]
  • Karydion Mirabellou / Δ.δ. Καρυδίου Μιραμπέλλου [ 103 ]
    • Karydion / το Καρύδιον [ 100 ]
    • Moni Aretiou / η Μονή Αρετίου [ 3 ]
  • Kastellion / Δ.δ. Καστελλίου Φουρνής -- το Καστέλλιον [ 202 ]
  • Latsida / Δ.δ. Λατσίδας [ 300 ]
    • Latsida / η Λατσίδα [ 279 ]
    • Agoroi / οι Αγόροι [ 21 ]
    • Zourva / η Ζούρβα [ 0 ]
  • Milatos / Δ.δ. Μιλάτου [ 431 ]
    • Milatos / η Μίλατος [ 208 ]
    • Avgo (island) / το Αυγό (νησίδα) [ 0 ]
  • Paralia Milatou / η Παραλία Μιλάτου [ 223 ]
  • Nikithianos / Δ.δ. Νικηθιανού [ 100 ]
  • Fourni / Δ.δ. Φουρνής [ 291 ]
    • Fourni / η Φουρνή [ 203 ]
    • Dories / οι Δοριές [ 78 ]
    • Syrmeson / το Σύρμεσον [ 6 ]
    • Havgas / ο Χαυγάς [ 4 ]
  • Houmeriakos / Δ.δ. Χουμεριάκου [ 301 ]
    • Houmeriakos / ο Χουμεριάκος [ 273 ]
    • Agios Konstantinos / ο Άγιος Κωνσταντίνος [ 28 ]

Vrachasi

Vrachasi

Vrachasi (older Form Vrachasion) is a mountain village. It was part of the synonymous municipal department of the Neapoli municipality. The population decreased in the last years due to the nearby seaside village and touristic resort of Sisi. It was declared by a law 3448/15-3-2006 as independent community

Sisi

Sisi (older form Sision)

References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

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