Heraklion, Crete
Europe Greece

Heraklion – A Travel Guide of Crete’s capital

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March 23, 2021

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TypeCity
Getting thereBy boat
Boats from main ports: Athens, Rafina – Andros – Chalki – Anafi – Crete, Chania – Crete, Rethymno – Crete, Sitia – Ios – Karpathos, Diafani – Karpathos, Port – Kasos – Milos – Mykonos – Naxos – Paros – Rhodes – Santorini (Thira) – Skiathos – Syros – Tinos. 
Note that these ferry connections can be available only during some summer months.

By air
Flights from Athens, Thessaloniki, Santorini, Rhodes, Larnaca
Aegean Airlines
Sky Express
Thomas Cook Airlines 
Ryanair 
Heraklion ActivitiesAmoudara the city’s beach area; a three-kilometer strip of sandy beach, cafes, bars, hotels, a cinema, and an open-air theatre.
Horseback riding
Rock climbing
Water fun
Sailing 
Travel TipsSummers are hot and dry.
You need to wear sunscreen and a hat.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Have everywhere with you bottles of water.
Official Sitehttps://www.heraklion.gr/en/
LocationHeraklion, Crete, Greece, Europe

What is Heraklion famous for?

Heraklion is the capital of the largest Greek island of Crete and is considered one of the best-fortified cities in the Mediterranean.

The core of the city is still enclosed and defined by the Venetian wall, which includes seven bastions.Heraklion-crete-greece

The walls remain largely intact to this day, and they are considered to be among the best-preserved Venetian fortifications in Europe.

Heraklion has a harbour and a airport.

What museums can you visit in Heraklion?

  • Historical Museum of Crete 
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum – The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the world’s great museums
    • For those seriously interested in that culture, it will be worthwhile to make two visits to the museum, one before, and one after, visiting Knossos and other Minoan sites: seeing the museum first will enhance your understanding of the sites, and after seeing the sites, you’ll be better able to understand the artifacts in the museum when you return.
    • objects from Minoan civilization and excavations across the island of Crete.
    • Snake Goddess
    • Bull-Leaping Fresco
    • Phaistos Disk
    • Malia Bronze Dagger
    • Minoan seals and jewelry
    • Malia Bee Pendant
  • Museum of Cretan Ethnology
  • Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance
  • Natural History Museum of Crete
  • Historical Museum of Crete
  • Lychnostatis open-air Cretan folklore museum
  • CretAquarium Thalassocosmos
  • Nikos Kazantzakis Museum
  • Koules Fortress

Where you can eat good food in Heraklion?

Throughout the city center, it is easy to find tavernas offering great food.

In some tavernas, you can spend under 20 euros for two people.

  • Do not miss Herb’s Garden, a restaurant that offers exceptional food but also a great view of the Heraklion’s Venetian fortress.
  • Pagopoieion is a cozy location that offers great food. On the weekends is very busy.
  • Cooking with love – if you want simple, fresh, and delicious food
  • Peskesi – another great restaurant that is proud to offer food cooked from ingredients from the owner’s farm.

Where you can stay in Heraklion?

  • Hotels
    • Domus Ariadne (3*)
      • close to Heraklion Archeological Museum and to the city center
      • 700 m from the beach
      • restaurant and bars closed by
    • Ariton City Boutique Hotel (3*)
      • 1.7 km from the beach
      • the hotel has a restaurant, room service, and a shared lounge
    • Olive Green Hotel (4*)
    • Kastro Hotel (3*)
  • Apartments
    • City Lion
    • Lavris City Suites

Crete – tourism and travel guide

Top tourist attractions in Heraklion, Crete

Top tourist attractions in Heraklion, Crete

CatalinaApril 18, 2021
Top tourist attractions in Heraklion, Crete – Famous tourist attractions in Heraklion include the cities of Malia, Heraklion, the archeological sites of Knossos, Phaistos Palace, Malia Palace.
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