Heraklion is home to Knossos, the capital of the Minoans, built 4000 years ago. Visit the remarkable archeological museum and the Venetian fortress.

Heraklion Attractions


Church of Agios Titos

Heraklion's oldest church, St Titos, dates back to the 10th century. It's an absorbing visit, inspecting the church's decorations and other details.


Agios Minas Cathedral

A chirch with elaborate belfries and appearance. Participating in a mass here would be an excellent cultural experience.

Dozens of boats, mostly in blue and white color, and the Koules fortress in the background.
photo: Moonik / CC BY-SA 3.0

Heraklion Venetian Harbor

You can walk to the Koules fortress, enjoy the fascinating port buildings, and get yourself a refreshment on the way back.

Nikos Kazantzakis tomb is a simple one with two crossed woods on top.
photo: Pylambert

Nikos Kazantzakis Grave (Monument)

"I don't hope for anything, I am not afraid of anything. I am free." The tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece's greatest writer.

A photo showing the Windmills of Selí Ambélou with the surrounding mountains in the background.
distant ≈ 45km

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

With an amazing view and 24 windmills around, you can take lots of pictures here. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop.


Venetian Fortress «Rocca a Mare»

A well-preserved and impressive medieval castle located at the entrance of Heraklion's port. Locally referred as «Koules».


Lions Square & Morosini Fountain

Meeting point and famous for its Venetian fountain, a monument of the 17th century. Officially called "Eleftherios Venizelos" square.

A part of the fortification of the Venetian Walls of Heraklion in Crete.
photo: C messier

Venetian Walls of Heraklion

Notoriously strong fortification that wouldn't have fallen without treachery, its construction lasted for more than a century.

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Heraklion Museums

A circle with small cylinders and lines connecting different points at the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology - Kotsanas.
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Museum of Ancient Greek Technology - Kotsanas

Small but fantastic museum that you shouldn't miss. Invention, machines, and feats of engineering - all from antiquity. Great rooftop café too.


Nikos Kazantzakis Museum


This two-story building at the central square of the village, where the great author was born, hosts exhibits that celebrate his work.


Municipal Art Gallery (San Marco Basilica)

An old Venetian Basilica turned mosque, turned art gallery. It hosts interesting cultural events and exhibition throughout the year.


Historical Museum of Crete

A museum about Heraklion and Crete with a town relief, a numismatics exhibition, sculptures, a dedicated section to El Greco, and other interesting exhibits.

The Christian Art Museum is an old white church with a circular window above the entrance.

Christian Art Museum

In this old church turned museum, you explore Crete's Christian history and arts. It won't take you more than 30 minutes.

One of the buildings where the Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum is housed.
distant ≈ 34.4km

Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum

The Lychnostatis Open Air Museum offers a journey in Cretan life of the past few centuries. It is a remarkable exhibition of everyday objects.


Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Housing the biggest artifact collection of the Minoan Civilization, it enlightens its thousands of visitors about the history of Crete.


Natural History Museum of Crete

Among other things, here you can see the "Deinotherium", a gigantic animal that lived in Crete 9 million years ago, as well as other natural history wonders.

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Heraklion Why visit?

  • Birthplace of painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos widely known as El Greco.
  • Port of Knossos, Minoans' historical capital.
  • For centuries, it has been called Handax or Candia, meaning the moat.

Heraklion Day Trips


This place is known for its lively nightlife. Want to take a break from the beach? Pay a visit to the aquarium and the open-air folklore museum.


A small coastal town famous for its intense nightlife, primarily for young visitors. Aside from bar crawling, a stroll in the old city is a must.

The house of the famous Greek singer Nikos Ksilouris in the village of Anogia on the island of Crete.
distant ≈ 34.3km

Anogia Town


Anogia people are known across Greece for their uncompromising character and hospitality. The house of Cretan singer Xilouris is here.

Heraklion Things to Do

The guiding path inside the Sfendoni Cave of Zoniana in Crete.
distant ≈ 39.3km

Sfendoni Cave


This UNESCO geopark cave with all its stalactites and stalagmites will take you for a moment in a magic underworld.


CRETAquarium Thalassókosmos

Visiting the biggest Greek aquarium and one of the largest in Europe is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge about the marine environment.