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The capital of Crete is the island’s largest city and a bustling metropolis that’s a world away from the peace and tranquillity of many of Greece’s other island destinations. Heraklion was founded in the 9th century by Saracens expelled from southern Spain and the city has a rich history and several important archaeological sites and outstanding museums. As well as a fascinating past, Heraklion is home to a vibrant nightlife, great food and a welcoming population, making it a great destination for holidaymakers who want to experience an authentic slice of Greek life.
Old Harbour – The Old Harbour of Heraklion was built by the Venetians and an imposing 16th century Venetian fort still guards the entrance to the harbour. The harbour, and the wall that surrounds it, make a picturesque destination for an afternoon stroll and a great place to try your hand at fishing.
Old Town – A maze of winding streets and alleyways, the old town of Heraklion is located close to the waterfront and the Old Harbour. The area contains some beautiful churches, charming squares and excellent restaurants. It’s also home to some of the city’s best museums including the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Knossos – Just a few miles from Heraklion, the ancient city of Knossos is considered by many to be the oldest in Europe. The Bronze Age site was the centre of the Minoan Civilisation and possible location of the mythical Minotaur and his inescapable labyrinth. Today, Knossos is a great place to learn more about Crete’s fascinating history and the early origins of European civilisation.
Georgiadis Park – The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Georgiadis Park is a welcome haven of green in the heart of Heraklion. Home to a play area, café and open spaces, the park is a great destination for an afternoon out with the family or a relaxing evening stroll.
The most prominent of Heraklion’s sights is the Koules Fortress, the 16th century fortification that guards the entrance to the old harbour. Nearby Knossos is another famous attraction, with many holidaymakers using Heraklion as a base from which to explore the ancient city. Within Heraklion itself, visitors can see the Old Harbour, the Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Visual arts. A number of the city’s churches, especially those located in the Old Town area, are also well worth a visit.
As the largest city in Crete, Heraklion is the best place on the island for shopping, dining and nightlife. Once visitors have explored the multitude of excellent museums spread across the city, they can head to the shopping areas of Daedalus Street and Dikaiosinis Street. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy a traditional Cretan meal in one of the restaurants in the old town, take an afternoon stroll along the waterfront or join one of the regular boat trips that leave from the harbour and see the city from a different perspective.