There are numerous things to do and to see while in the city of Heraklion.
Heraklion has also a number of well-deserved titles. These include the largest city in Crete Island, it is also the administrative capital of the island of Crete, and one of the popular cities of the Greek islands. The following is the list of the top attractions 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 an impressive fortress that surrounds the harbor of the city.
This fortress was constructed by the Venetians in the early 13th century when they conquered the city in order to protect the city from raids.
✦ 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 the numerous findings from the Palace of Knossos such as art, pottery, vessels, figurines, and the original wall paintings, are all housed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
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 underwater life of the Mediterranean.
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.
It is located next to the former American military base.
✦ 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
You can enjoy taking a stroll in this historical city facing the Mediterranean.
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.
Many of these landmarks tell their story about the city of Heraklion and the island of Crete. Another reason for you to add this to your bucket list!
- 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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