is Crete’s main port of entry for visitors arriving either by sea or by air.
Heraklion was once the Venetians leading port (the fortress stands guard in the harbour) of the Eastern Mediterranean and remains of the 16th-century wall built around the old city are still visible when Heraklion’s medieval name was Candia. Virtually everything you’re likely to want to see and do lies within the walled city.
To keep you busy inside the walled city
Churches like Agios Markos, Agios Titos, Agios Minas and more. El Greco was born in Crete, his work can be seen in major collections around the world, only two is still in Crete.
Morosini fountain in the Eleftheriou Venizelou Square (named after the Cretan statesman Eleftherios Venizelos) It’s also called the Lions Square.
Stroll around the harbour, colourful fishing boats, the fortress. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress. Opposite the fortress 16th century Venetian Arcades. Plenty of choices of cafeon, tavernas, and restaurants.
Remember, Knossos is only 6 km from Heraklion and a visit there can be combined with a visit to the Archaeological Museum. There are several travel agents in the streets down to the harbour, who can arrange your visits.
The most important center of the Minoan civilisation and one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece.
The master craftsman Daedalus built the labyrinth for the mythical King Minos in order to isolate the Minotaur, a creature that was half man, half bull. The King of Athens son Theseus, butchered him and found his way out of the labyrinth with the help of Minos’ daughter, Ariadne.
Local guides (official guides have tags around their neck) will approach you when you arrive. The official guides are very knowledgeable and will tell you what is left of the authentic Knossos and what has been reconstructed. 2018 Tour price around €50.00 for two plus (cheaper per person if you are a small group) + entrance fee €15.00 + extra for the museum.
Bring water and a hat, especially in the summer when is hot under the sun.
How to get to Herklion
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The Municipality of Heraklion’s web site, excellent information on how to get to Heraklion by air, by sea, Bus information and parking areas in the city.
Mobile Apps links, Wi-Fi spots in the city, Sightseeing idea, Knossos and so on. Highly recommended website.
Somewhere to Stay in Heraklion