Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

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Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

  • Heraklion (City)

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Iraklion (Heraclio) is a proper working city where tourism is important but Greek life and business is the main order of the day. Fashion wear, technology shops and private and public offices can all be found in Heraklion, in addition to a good selection of chic bars and tempting restaurants. Wonderful markets!

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  • Knossos

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Knossos Palace is the legendary site of Theseus fighting the Minotaur, Ariadne and her ball of string, Daedalus the architect and doomed Icarus of the wax wings: how many of us dream Minoan dreams and never realize it? http://archaeology.about.com/od/minoan/a/knossos.htm How to Get There: Drive about two miles south from the centre of Heraklion...

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  • Malia

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    The palace found at Malia is the third largest palace of Minoan Crete after Knossos and Phaistos. It occupies 7500 square meters at the edge of a fertile valley near Hersonissos in Northern Crete. The palace's proximity to the sea was obviously important in the development of the site into a cultural hub for its ancient inhabitants. It was first...

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  • Gouves

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    We were stopping in Gouves so as the Crete Aquarium was nearby we decided to make it our first stop on our first day. It's €8 for Adults and €6 for children so it is a little on the pricy side as far as tourist attractions on crete go (Knossos is €6 ) but it is certainly worth a visit. The large display tanks contain the sea life from the...

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  • Gortyn or Gortys

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Gortyn is in the centre of the Mesara Plain and was one of the mightiest city states in Doric Crete. It was here that Zeus transformed into a bull, brought back princess Europa from her home in Phoenicia (it was her after which the continent is named) it is said that their marriage was contracted under an evergreen Plane tree beside a brook in...

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  • Phaistos (Festos)

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Set high on a hill Festόs certainly is impressive both for its ancient architecture and the views. Unlike Knossόs Festόs has not been reconstructed but on taking a few minutes and with the help of a guide book and map you can soon work out which bit is what and you will realise just how impressive this site really is. It is no wonder...

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  • Hersonissos

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Coming a 2nd only to Malia, Hersonissos is a hive of Bars and night clubs. There are some good restaurants and tavernas and various sections of sandy or pebbly beaches and rocky outcrops we had a walk along the sea front past many tavernas and steps down to the beaches. This is a very Old town although you would not think it just from looking at...

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  • Matala

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    The caves at Mátala were carved out in the 2nd century bc and would have been tombs. Some have carved niches were the body’s would have been lain. In The 1960’s and 70’s Mátala was swamped by Hippy’s who lived in the caves. You can still see the damage done by them in the form of Ban the bomb and peace signs carved into the caves and the remains of...

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  • Agia Triada

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Agίa Triáda lies on a hill about 3km from Festόs (as you pass the car park of Festόs take the next right turn (sign posted) you will reach the end of the road and see the large brown sign. The site is below you to the left. Said to be the Summer Palace of Festόs royalty due to the elaborate decoration’s found on the walls and...

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  • Arolithos

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Just a few km away from Heraklion, on the way to Anogeia, this lovely small village worths a visit. Newly built, but right on the traditional way, hosts a museum, a hotel, a church, a cafe, houses, a square, just like any real village. It is like a miniature of an old original Cretan village. Very photogenic, got many shots which I think I am gonna...

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  • Trips to Other Prefectures

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    this was a great day out. the hotel organised a trip to an old leper colony (sounds gross but it was beautiful) on an island called spinalonga. we were given lunch on the boat, water activities and a trip onto the island. it was about 15 euros for 2 people but im sure it could be more now.

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  • Santorini Trips

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    We took a day-cruise to Santorini. This island is simply magnificent and I will definately go back. All the white houses and the churches with blue roofs, its like you´re walking in a painting. Although I would not want to have miss this I cannot recommend a day-cruise from Crete as an ideal way to visit Santorini. The island merits a couple of...

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  • A trip to Heraclio

    Iraklion (Heraclio) is a proper working city where tourism is important but Greek life and business is the main order of the day. Fashion wear, technology shops and private and public offices can all be found in Heraklion, in addition to a good selection of chic bars and tempting restaurants. Wonderful markets!

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  • Lassithi Plateau

    The first time that I saw Lassithi Plateau it was just like windmills over windmills everywhere. All the land was farmed and it was a truly splendid place. Tourists up here were very rare, but no-one was bothered. They loved their life and the profits they made from their produce. Today the Greek Agricultural Water Company supplies all the water...

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  • Malia Palace

    The palace found at Malia is the third largest palace of Minoan Crete after Knossos and Phaistos. It occupies 7500 square meters at the edge of a fertile valley near Hersonissos in Northern Crete. The palace's proximity to the sea was obviously important in the development of the site into a cultural hub for its ancient inhabitants. It was first...

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  • Knossos Palace

    Knossos Palace is the legendary site of Theseus fighting the Minotaur, Ariadne and her ball of string, Daedalus the architect and doomed Icarus of the wax wings: how many of us dream Minoan dreams and never realize it?http://archaeology.about.com/od/minoan/a/knossos.htmHow to Get There: Drive about two miles south from the centre of Heraklion...

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  • Crete Aquarium

    We were stopping in Gouves so as the Crete Aquarium was nearby we decided to make it our first stop on our first day.It's €8 for Adults and €6 for children so it is a little on the pricy side as far as tourist attractions on crete go (Knossos is €6 ) but it is certainly worth a visit. The large display tanks contain the sea life from the...

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  • The Archaeological museum (Iraklion)

    The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one the great museums of Greece and the best in the world regarding the Minoan art as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. The museum began in 1883 as a simple collection of antiquities. A dedicated building was constructed from 1904 to 1912 at...

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  • Palace Of Malia

    The archaeological site of Malia is located 3 km East of Malia and is certainly worth a visit. Excavations were begun in 1915 by J. Chatzidakis and were continued by the French Archaeological School. The site was inhabited in the Neolithic and early Minoan period (6000- 2000 BC), but very little trace of this remains.The Palace of Malia, which...

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  • Gortyn or Gortys

    Gortyn is in the centre of the Mesara Plain and was one of the mightiest city states in Doric Crete. It was here that Zeus transformed into a bull, brought back princess Europa from her home in Phoenicia (it was her after which the continent is named) it is said that their marriage was contracted under an evergreen Plane tree beside a brook in...

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  • Limna Chersonisou better known as...

    Coming a 2nd only to Malia, Hersonissos is a hive of Bars and night clubs. There are some good restaurants and tavernas and various sections of sandy or pebbly beaches and rocky outcrops we had a walk along the sea front past many tavernas and steps down to the beaches. This is a very Old town although you would not think it just from looking at it...

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  • The City Walls of Heraklion

    The Venetians began construction of the city walls in 1462 and they took more than a century to complete. The walls are about 4km in length and of a triangular shape with seven bastions.The walls proved their worth when the city was besieged for 21 years, one of the longest sieges in history. The final surrender came in 1669 but only after over...

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  • 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.

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  • History Museum (Iraklion)

    The history museum takes up were the Archaeology museum ended.Starting from The early Christian era with much emphasis on the Venetian occupation and the Cretan war (1645-1669) which is illustrated by plans, maps and a highly detailed model of Candia (Heraklion as it was then named). There are rooms with pottery and other ceramics dating back 15...

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  • Vitsentzou Kornarou square (Iraklion)

    After visiting Agia Minas and Agia Ekaterinas we turned left along Ag Mina St heading for the Archaeological museum. It was very very hot and we came across the small Vitsentzou Kornarou square with a graffiti adorned fountain. My son stuck his head in it without caring what may be in the water as long as it was cool he was not bothered.

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  • Agia Minas and Agia Ekaterinas...

    After getting to the end of 25th August St we turned right and walked down Leof kalorkerinou then turned left up a small side St to Agia Ekaterinis Square. We walked across the square and down the side of Agia Ekaterini which the guide book says is now a Theological Museum but was closed; we entered the much more impressive and very much larger...

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  • Morozini Fountain (Iraklion)

    At the top of 25th August St is El Velizelou Square (Lion Square) and the Morozini Fountain. It was built in 1628 by Francesco Morozini who was the Venetian Governor of the Island. A 16km long aqueduct was built to channel the water to it from Mt Giouchtas. It has 8 circular basins decorated with reliefs of Cherubs, Mermaids, Dolphins, nymphs and...

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  • Theotokopoulou (El Greco) square...

    Theotokopoulou (El Greco) square and Gardens (Iraklion) Near the top of 25th August St (Opposite the Loggia) is El Greco square and gardens where some nice looking cafe's spill out into the pedestrian area. It is a very cosmapolitan area with many cafe's situated around the square making it a great place to sit and chat.

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  • The church of Agios Titos (Iraklion)

    Just off 25th August St is the church of Agios Titos, a beautiful building, being Byzantine in origin it was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Venetians. The building was taken over by the Turks who converted it into a mosque and rebuilt it after the 1855 earthquake. It was then renovated and re-consecrated by the Greek Orthodox Church in 1925....

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  • Koules Venetian Fortress (Iraklion)

    This Impressive fortress was built in the early 1500s and guarded the old port; it is unique for the impressive mass of its stone fortifications, its immensely thick walls and the views from its turret and roof. The restored interior looks just like a castle should. On the exterior are two carved relief’s of the Lion of St Mark which the Turks...

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  • The Venetian Arsenal’s (Iraklion)

    Walking from the bus station to the port you will see some huge vaulted buildings from the 16th c These are the Venetian Arsenals were ships of the Venetian Navel Fleet were once built, repaired and fitted for battle. The sea is now slightly further away and a road has been built between them and the harbour. If you go to the History Museum there...

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  • Caves at Matala

    The caves at Mátala were carved out in the 2nd century bc and would have been tombs. Some have carved niches were the body’s would have been lain. In The 1960’s and 70’s Mátala was swamped by Hippy’s who lived in the caves. You can still see the damage done by them in the form of Ban the bomb and peace signs carved into the caves and the remains of...

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  • Matala

    In the 1960’s and 70’s many Hippies came to Mátala (including Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens) living in the Caves carved into the rock. There are still some hippy’s there camped out on the top of the beach near the gate to the caves. The surrounding hotels have mostly Germans staying in them, one even has pieces of the Berlin wall in the reception.The...

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  • Agia Triada

    Agίa Triáda lies on a hill about 3km from Festόs (as you pass the car park of Festόs take the next right turn (sign posted) you will reach the end of the road and see the large brown sign. The site is below you to the left.Said to be the Summer Palace of Festόs royalty due to the elaborate decoration’s found on the walls and...

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  • Church of Ayios Georgios (Festόs)

    Next to the car park on the road to Mátala and Agίa Triáda you will see The Old Church of Ayios Georgios

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  • Festόs (Phaistos)

    Set high on a hill Festόs certainly is impressive both for its ancient architecture and the views. Unlike Knossόs Festόs has not been reconstructed but on taking a few minutes and with the help of a guide book and map you can soon work out which bit is what and you will realise just how impressive this site really is. It is no wonder...

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  • Palace of Knossos

    Knossos is the most important archaeological site in Crete. It was the centre of the very well-developed Minoan civilization and was one of the oldest cities in Europe. From Knossos King Minos ruled his empire. Knossos is the origin of a large part of Greek mythology like the myth of the labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and...

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  • Lychnostatis (Hersonissos)

    Lychnostatis’ The Crete Outdoor museum is in Hersonissos right next to the beach near the end that becomes Stalis.It has gardens of fruit trees, Herbs, cacti, shrubs, minerals and stone that are native to Crete.A stone built farmhouse, middle class house, chapel, olive press, windmills, threshing floor, wine vats, raki distillery, ceramic workshop,...

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  • The grave of Nikos Kazantzákis...

    Just "Zorba the Greek," and "The Last Temptation of Christ" would be enough to make the Cretan author Kazantzakis (1883-1957) both well known and controversial. But he has written other books that deserve more attention. He narrowly missed winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956 ( it is said by some that the Church just may have had...

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  • The Venetian Loggia (Iraklion)

    The old Venation Loggia is now the city hall of Iraklion and you are allowed to go in and have a quick look around. It is a most impressive building.

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  • Port Authority Building (Iraklion)

    Walking along the harbour front you will notice an old steam train and an old boat on the side of the road leading up to the Port Authority building. The building houses the port police, Coast Guard and of course the Port Authority. It is a good place to take pictures or the harbour and the Venation fortress, There is also a very good and...

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  • Gouves

    Gouves is situated on the north coast of Crete Island and to the east of Heraklion, this municipality spreads from the lovely beaches a few kilometres inland to the fertile fields and picturesque villages that cling to the different hills. Kato Gouves: a large beach resort on Crete, with a lot of hotels and apartments. The restaurants and bars are...

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  • leper colony boat trip

    this was a great day out. the hotel organised a trip to an old leper colony (sounds gross but it was beautiful) on an island called spinalonga. we were given lunch on the boat, water activities and a trip onto the island. it was about 15 euros for 2 people but im sure it could be more now.

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  • Arolithos village

    Just a few km away from Heraklion, on the way to Anogeia, this lovely small village worths a visit. Newly built, but right on the traditional way, hosts a museum, a hotel, a church, a cafe, houses, a square, just like any real village. It is like a miniature of an old original Cretan village. Very photogenic, got many shots which I think I am gonna...

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  • Palace of Knossos

    We were staying in Stalis / Stalida but booked this trip. It stopped at a rather uninspiring gypsy market in the morning, and then on to the excavated Palace of King Minos at Knossos. The preserve / restoration is absolutely remarkable, and like the Minotaur's prison, the palaces will have you lost all over the place so look aftert that map!The...

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