Heraklion is one of the cities that you can’t miss out on while in Crete Island.
This city has a number of well-deserved titles. These include the largest city on the island, the administrative capital of Crete, and the most popular city of Crete Island. The following is the list of the top attractions to see while in the capital of Crete:
✦ 1. Venetian Fortress of Koules in Heraklion
The Fortress of Koules is the emblem of the city of Heraklion. It is a fortress that was built by the Venetians in order to protect the city.
✦ 2. The Palace of Knossos
This is located 5km south of the city of Heraklion.
It was the center of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete.
The Palace of Knossos is a must-see while on the island of Crete.
The restoration of this palace was done by Arthur Evans who spent much of his life to make it what it is today.
✦ 3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The combination of the visit to the Palace of Knossos and the visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum would be a great option.
This is because this museum contains the most important Minoan collection.
✦ 4. Cretaquarium
This is located in Gournes, 13 kilometers east of Heraklion.
At the Cretaquarium, you can experience the marine life.
It has vast glass tanks displaying everything from hunter sharks to minuscule seahorses, jellyfish, turtles, lobsters, and octopus, all in turquoise sea water against a backdrop of rocks, sand, and seaweed.
✦ 5. Agios Minas Cathedral
This is one of the Orthodox Cathedrals in this city.
The church is located in the inner city and it is easily recognized from its architecture.
✦ 6. The Venetian Harbour of Heraklion
It is located at the end of the 25th of August Street in Heraklion. The 25th of August street is a pedestrian street that leads from the town center to the Fortress of Koules.
This is the old harbor of Heraklion, which is now used by fishing boats and yachts.
Certainly, the history of the Venetian harbor of Heraklion is as ancient as that of the city itself.
This was a just natural bay in Heraklion, which grew into an important harbor of the Eastern Mediterranean over the centuries.
✦ 7. Explore the old town
Take your time and enjoy taking a stroll in the old town of the city of Heraklion.
In the old town of Heraklion, the visitors can spot the endless beautiful architecture, old churches, and Turkish fountains, just to mention but a few.
These attractions and the landmarks tell the history of the city and Crete Island.
- Hire a car so that you can explore a little more
- Just be aware that you may see feral cats
- Wear comfortable shoes
- You can’t flush the toilet paper on the island of Crete
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