At an altitude of 244 meters and a distance of about 10 km from the city of Heraklion, the road Iraklion - Viannos (detour from the new highway after BI. IP. Heraklion) leads to Skalani Kallikratous Village, which belongs to the Municipality of Heraklion.
For the first time the name of the village is found in a deed of 1271 and also in several papers in the next few years until the first Venetian census of 1577. We can find it in all subsequent inventories to date, integrated in different municipalities according to the administrative reforms that followed.
It is a village with a strong presence in history and tradition in Heraklion, rich vineyard and olive products and industrious and hospitable people.
Skalani is the last village in Crete that stopped resisting the fight and the paratroopers, who gave the first "official" victims, executing patriots (Archimandrite Theodossakis and other patriots) in the fight against the German invaders.
Today the village is full of life and growth. It features traditional and modern shops, butchers, hairdressers, salons, clinics, pharmacies, services, winery, raki, focal centers - restaurants, taverns, ouzo and meze, constituting a "small Heraklion" in the Region of Heraklion.
The active Cultural Association of the village organizes a number of events in recurring basis, such as the two-day festival in celebration of St. John (August 29), with a procession of the image of the Saint (accompanying the Municipal band) and traditional music festivals, church service in the chapel of Agios Nikolaos in Siganou, feast of Our Lady (August 15), Halloween events, musical evenings and other summer festivities.
The visitors can visit several places of natural beauty (Siganos mill , Agios Minas in "Aposami" , etc.) or to follow natural hiking paths as in Canyon of Karteros – Skalani, with recreation area next to the wooden bridge, the pine forest of Agia Irini in Spilia and more. You can also visit the very well organized «Vegetable municipal garden» in the village.
The village square with its picturesque cafes, offers great opportunities to enjoy live traditional music, as the village has a large and famous tradition of cretan musicians, authors and artists (Abyssinia, Vassilakis Papadoperakis Thomas and Aspasia, etc..).