Attractions & Things to Do in Heraklion
Port of Heraklion
The new commercial & tourist port that hosts large cruise ships, & offers routes to Piraeus & other islands.
Old Venetian Port of Heraklion
By the fortress of “Koules” is located the old Venetian port which serves as a marina that hosts numerous fishing and tourist ships.
A well-preserved and impressive medieval castle located at the entrance of Heraklion port.
Housing the biggest artifact collection of the Minoan Civilization, it sheds light on the history of Crete and attracts thousands of visitors.
Meeting point and famous for the Venetian fountain, a monument of the 17th century.
Notoriously strong fortification which construction lasted for more than a century and wouldn't have fallen without treachery.
Operating since 1980, it is an awarded museum that helps towards raising the public awareness on environmental and ecosystem protection.
Heraklion International Airport«Nikos Kazantzakis»
Named after the Greek writer and philosopher, it's the second busiest airport in Greece with many domestic but mainly international destinations.
Epicenter of a great civilization that thrived on Crete during the Stone Age and brought to light with the excavations of Sir Arthur John Evans.
Visiting the biggest Greek aquarium and one of the largest in Europe is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge about the marine environment.
A two-story building at the central square of the village where the great author was born, hosts exhibits that reveal his work and his thought.
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.
Anogia Town, Rethymno
Well-known village with strong ties to Cretan tradition and music which hosts the family house of the famous singer Nikos Xilouris.
Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum
A series of facilities that reveal the folklore background and the traditional life on the island.
Sfendoni Cave in Zoniana
Located 43 km from Heraklion and 52 km from Rethymno is a visitable cave included in UNESCO geoparks famous for is stalactites and stalagmites.
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.
Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace»
The third-largest Minoan Palace founded in 1900, and similarly to the others destroyed in 1450 BC.
Questions & Answers about Heraklion
Why Visit Heraklion?
- Birthplace of the painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos widely known as El Greco.
- Port of the legendary and the biggest palace of the Minoan civilization Knossos.
- The second biggest in traffic airport in the country after this of Athens.
What is Heraklion, Greece?
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the sixth-largest city of Greece. It spans a total area of 120 square kilometers (30,000 acres) and a population of over 150,000 residents.
What is the history of Heraklion?
According to researchers, the region of the city was nearly 3500 years ago the ancient port of Knossos. Today’s Heraklion was founded in 824 AD by the Syracusans. It was a thriving city of the Byzantine Empire but then fell to the Venetians and the Ottomans. For some time existed under the regime of autonomy until its union with Greece in 1913.
How is Heraklion today?
Today Heraklion is a modern port that serves the largest part of commercial broader economic activity of Crete. Tourism is rising sharply during the summer season and is a significant financial source for many locals. Someone can reach Heraklion by boat from Piraeus or alternatively fly by plane through the international airport of the city "Nikos Kazantzakis".