Achlada is a village built on the top of a fortified hill high above the bay of Agia Pelagia and located at an altitude of 300 meters and only 23 kilometers northwest of Heraklion. It was named after the tree of pears, which thrives in many places around the village.
At Medieval times according to Venetian archives, the village was named Aclada and had 63 inhabitants. It was the feud of the brothers Georgios and Frangiskos Modinou, which was consisted of 35 houses and 2 churches.
Nowadays, among other attractions and beauties of the village you may find the double church of Agios Ioannis and Agios Tryfonas with remarkable wood-carved icons. Another site worth visiting is the old stone fountain of the village, as well as the ruins of the village of Kantinos, the monastery brothers, with 48 houses, 5 churches and 2 windmills.
According to the 2011 census data, the population of the village amounts to 57 permanent residents, who are mostly farmers and stockbreeders.