Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Greece:
Forest fire: 191
Coast guard emergency intervention: 108
Counter- narcotics immediate intervention: 109
...NO WAY...MUCH TOO EARLY!
... TO GO TO BED and I'll have plenty of time to sleep on the beach tomorrow.
LET'S HAVE SOME MORE FUN AT THE TIGER-BAR...
Hey, they are playing the theme song "Ayla" from Flash In The Pan - just S U P E R !!
More strolling along the harbor
We usually spend quite a bit of time just walking, not visting specific tourist sites, but just taking a stroll, maybe following the crowds to see where they are going, or maybe taking a right turn onto a smaller alley or AWAY from the noisey and crowded streets. Whatever our choice may be we always enjoy seeing the "small" things.
Dominican Monastery of Ayios Petros
The monastery and Church of Saint Peter (Ayios Petros) in Iraklion was built by Dominican Monks in the early 13th century, it was converted into the mosque of Sultan Ibrahim under the Turks. It contains the only remaining 15th Century frescoes in Heraklion but it is currently closed for restoration and what looks to me more like rebuilding.
The picture - Koulles (Castello del Molo)
Iraklion is the biggest city in Crete (and fifth in Greece) with a population in excess of 120000. It concentrates most of the economical activity of the island, and is the main port of entry to Crete for the majority of visitors. The Iraklion airport receives approximately 15% of the total tourist traffic of Greece.
History is very much alive in Iraklion just like in most Greek cities. The central square while surrounded by cafes, stores and restaurants, is dominated by the fountain of the Lions, built by Morozini the venetian governor in 1628.
The Town Hall, is today housed in the Venetian Loggia, a building from the same era.
The Central Market
At the end of the central market is a coffee house, housed at the "Koubes" a fountain built by the Turks when they converted the nearby church of the Saviour to the Valide mosque. All around the old part of the city ,a visitor can walk following the old Venetian walls that meet at a bastion, called "Koules", that dominates the old harbour of the city .
The visitor to Iraklion should definitely visit the archaeological site at Knossos and the Archaelogical Museum of Iraklion that houses most of the Minoan findings in Crete. Special attention should also be paid to the Historical museum of Iraklion that houses findings from the early Christian era to today and the Museum of Natural History.
Iraklion today, has extensive facilities that cater for all needs of its visitors.There are numerous hotels ranging from Luxury class to small rent-a-room and youth hostels.
Greeks are a people that enjoy going out a lot, either for lunch or a drink or both (the weather helps a lot..). So Iraklion has numerous restaurants and tavernas that cater for all tastes (and pockets). As far as night life goes there is a big number of bars and nightclubs, open throughout the year, with the number doubling during the high season.
The schedule kept by every shop is fairly flexible, but generally cafes are open from around 10 in the morning to late evening (11-12 p.m.) , restaurants open at noon for lunch and ,after a small break, open again around 8 p.m. and stay open untill late at night, and bars and pubs open around 10 p.m (although the action really starts after 11 p.m.)
Iraklion, being the business center of the area, has plenty of stores selling clothes, shoes, jewellery etc. Stores are open in the morning (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and in the evening (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) with the exception of the evenings of Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Airport Authority +30-81-228402
Port Authority +30-81-244956
National Tourist Organization +30-81-228203,244462, 244633,& 228225
opposite the entrance to the Archaeological Museum
Tourist Police +30-81-283190