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Heraklion - Crete
 


General info:

Heraklion (Iraklio, Herakleion) is the business and social center of Crete and the 5th biggest city in Greece. A busy town, a communications hub that receive and distribute most tourism traffic arriving on the island.
Heraklion (or Iraklion) was the ancient port of Knossos, the most prominent city of the Minoan era and it is the starting point for a visit there. Also the Archaeological Museum houses many of most famous findings not only from Knossos but other Minoan Palaces like Phaestos, Malia and Zakros.
The Venetian era left the majestic fortress "Koules", that stands by the port. It had been used for centuries not only for the protection of the city but as a prison too, with its huge dark hallways and cells.

Sightseeing:
You can visit the archaeological museum ten minutes walk away and the historical museum is almost beside us. The bus stop to Knossos site is two minutes walk away in the main street. Also in walking distance you can visit the Venetian port and the castle, some very old churches with frescoes and icons.

Beaches:
West of the city and less than 5 Km away towards Ammoudara there are beaches and night activities as well. The most beautiful beaches are located east of Heraklion and start from Karteros beach
(5 Km away) until Sissi (40 Km away).

Night-life:
In Heraklion you will find many traditional tavernas some of them with live Cretan music. Bouzoukia places, bars, clubs and movies are also available.