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City in Crete

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Heraklion

Cruise and ferry boat ships anchored at the New Port of Heraklion.
photo: HG32 / CC BY-SA 3.0
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New Port of Heraklion

The contemporary commercial & tourist port that hosts large cruise ships, & offers routes to Piraeus & other islands.

The Old Venetian Port of Heraklion.
photo: Moonik / CC BY-SA 3.0
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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.

An image showing the exterior of the Venetian Fortress at the port of Heraklion.
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Venetian Fortress «Rocca a Mare»

« Koules »

A well-preserved and impressive medieval castle located at the entrance of Heraklion port.

The exterior corridor and the yard of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion with many people around.
↙ SW   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

Housing the biggest artifact collection of the Minoan Civilization, it sheds light on the history of Crete and attracts thousands of visitors.

An panoramic picture showing the Lions Square & the Morosini Fountain in Heraklion, Crete.
← W   ≈ 1.4km

Lions Square & Morosini Fountain

« El. Venizelos »

Meeting point and famous for the Venetian fountain, a monument of the 17th century.

A part of the fortification of the Venetian Walls of Heraklion in Crete.
photo: C messier
↙ SW   ≈ 1.8km

Venetian Walls of Heraklion

Notoriously strong fortification which construction lasted for more than a century and wouldn't have fallen without treachery.

A picture of the exterior and the main entrance of the Natural History Museum of Crete in Heraklion.
← W   ≈ 2.1km

Natural History Museum of Crete

Operating since 1980, it is an awarded museum that helps towards raising the public awareness on environmental and ecosystem protection.

The main building the and an aircraft during embarkation at Heraklion International Airport.
→ E   ≈ 4km

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.

A part of the reconstructed remains that depict to a certain extent the structure of the Minoan Palace in Knossos.
↓ S   ≈ 7.2km

Minoan Palace of Knossos

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.

An overview of the whole building and the main entrance of CRETAquarium Thalassókosmos.
→ E   ≈ 17.7km

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.

The exterior of the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia square.
↘ SE   ≈ 18.7km

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Myrtia

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.

A picture of the port of Hersonissos.
photo: Stegop / CC BY-SA 3.0
→ E   ≈ 31.4km


The port of the homonymous village that from the 60's developed to the biggest seaside resort of Crete and one of the biggest in Greece.

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

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.

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

Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum

A series of facilities that reveal the folklore background and the traditional life on the island.

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

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 photo of the traditionally built building at the old town of Malia.
→ E   ≈ 41.2km


Small coastal town, notoriously famous for its intense nightlife that attracts young visitors who are bar crawling at the local clubs.

The remains of the Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace» under a protective overhanging covering.
→ E   ≈ 44.9km

Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace»

The third-largest Minoan Palace founded in 1900, and similarly to the others destroyed in 1450 BC.

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

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

24 out of the 27 initially existing windmills compose a complex that was characterized as a piece of art from the Greek Government in 1986.

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".