The capital of Crete. A city full of history, from the time of the Minoan civilization to the Venetian castles and today. Heraklion combines everything, luxurious hotels, gourmet restaurants with renowned Cretan cuisine, museums, cultural centers and nightlife.
One of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece and the center of ancient Minoan civilization, Knossos, is 5 km from the city of Heraklion. The palace of King Minos and the mythical labyrinth of the Minotaur are a brilliant and magnificent sight that you should not miss.
At the entrance of the Venetian harbor of Heraklion dominates the fortress Koules, built by the Venetians who called it Castello del Molo or Rocca al Mare. Today, it is a symbol of the city and one of the favorite places for visitors during their ride to the harbor.
Sixty seawater aquariums with more than 4,000 marine organisms present the enormous biodiversity of the Mediterranean, in the Cretaquarium or the Thalassocosmos. Located 15 km east of the center of Heraklion, it is one of the largest aquariums in Europe and the most modern and impressive in Greece.
Unique exhibits such as the “Phaistos Tray”, the frescoes of the “Tavrokathapsia” as well as samples from all periods of the history of Crete cover about 5,500 years. They are accessible to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which is considered one of the most important in Europe.
Traveling a little further, about 21km from the center of Heraklion, we find the wonderful Ligaria. Traveling a little further, about 21km from the center of Heraklion, we find the wonderful Ligaria. Protected by the winds in a bay with emerald, calm waters, the beach combines pebbles with sand and its interesting bottom is suitable for diving. It is well organized with shady sun beds, taverns, cafes and rooms for accommodation.
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