Koutouloufari is a traditional village, at the northern slope of mountain Pyrgias, 28.9 km east of the city of Heraklion. In the list of the villages of Crete by Fr. Barozzi of 1577 is referred to, as Catafari metochio and in the catalog of Basilicata as Cutrufari. The Cretan village with its stone-paved narrow streets and the old stone-built houses amphitheatrically built, offers beautiful view to the Cretan Sea. Picturesque corners, arches and beautiful inner courtyards roofed with vines offering shade and grapes in summer are an excellent example of Cretan folk architecture.
One of the main attractions of the village is the church of Agios Vassilios with the wood-carved iconostasis, built on the ruins of an older church of the 14th century. In the traditional cafes and tavernas you can taste the Cretan cuisine under the shade of the vines and relax drinking a Cretan raki, the most popular drink on the island. The area where it is located offers a variety of choices: beaches, entertainment, sights and archaeological sites such as Knossos and Malia. The beautiful village with its hospitable inhabitants has become a popular tourist destination enchanting the visitors with its simplicity. During the summer, Cretan nights and various other cultural events are organized by local cultural groups, attracting many tourists. Koutouloufari is the ideal destination for those who want to relax staying in a quiet and picturesque place.