What to do in Heraklion (Iraklion), Crete
The Old Harbor of Heraklion Crete

Heraklion has a number of historical sights to explore, attractions to visit and a number of things to do.

The following is the list of the top attractions to see while in the capital of Crete:

✦ 1. Venetian Fortress of Koules

The Fortress of Koules

This is like the emblem of the city of Heraklion. The main purpose of this fortress was to protect the city.

It is one of the attractions that stand out in this city. In that, once you are in the city, you will identify it. It is next to the sea and the old harbor.

✦ 2. The Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

This palace that is located on the outskirts of the city, was once a center of Minoan Civilization on the island.

Most parts of the palace were restored by Arthur Evans. And it is a must-see attraction when on the island of Crete.

✦ 3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Make sure you combine the visit to the Palace of Knossos with the visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

This is because most of the artifacts and objects that were found in the palace are kept in this museum.

✦ 4. Cretaquarium

Cretaquarium, Crete

This a medium-sized aquarium on the island, that you get to see the Mediterranean sea life.

It has glass tanks that display the sharks to seahorses, jellyfish, turtles, lobsters, and octopus, just to mention but a few.

✦ 5. Agios Minas Cathedral

 Agios Minas Cathedral

This is a big Orthodox Cathedral that is located in the inner side of the city.

✦ 6. The Venetian Harbour

 Venetian harbour of Heraklion

This harbor is located at the end of the 25th of August Street. This is the main street for the pedestrians that starts from the city center.

The history of this harbor is as ancient as that of the city itself. Today, it is used by fishing boats and yachts.

✦ 7. Explore the Old Town of Heraklion

 old town Heraklion

Take your time and enjoy a stroll in the old town of the city.

Here, you can spot the beautiful architecture, old churches, and Turkish fountains, just to mention but a few. Each of these attractions and the landmarks tell the history of the city and the island.


Some Tips For Heraklion

  • Hire a car so that you can explore a little more
  • Just be aware that you may see feral cats
  • Keep in mind that you can’t flush the toilet paper on the island of Crete

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