Prinias village is located almost in the center of Crete at an altitude of 610 meters and is classified as “traditional” and “of outstanding natural beauty”. Its name comes from the oak trees (quercus coccifera) that grow in the region, and in the southwest of the village there is perhaps the largest oak forest in Greece.
At the opposite side stands “Patela”, a terrain projection where today one finds the relics of the Minoan settlement “Rhizenia” and the church of St. Panteleimon, which seems to hover on the edge of the cliff. The archeological excavations in the Minoan settlement have yielded many rich finds, hosted in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, while at the village school there is a permanent exhibition of copies of the finds, photos and general information.
On the west of the village, up in Psiloritis mountain there is the mountain retreat “Prinos”. On the east lies the valley of Prinias, strewn with stones and boulders of various striking shapes. The name of the region is “Priniana Harakia” (Slit Stones of Prinos village) and depending on their shape, locals have given these stone formations various names such as “Old Lady’s Cheese” or “Old Lady’s Rusks”.