The capital of a fascinating history.
Heraklion is situated on the eastern side of Crete. It is the largest town on the island and a haven of world-famous, UNESCO-listed heritage sites, such as The Minoan Palace of Knossos. Together with the archaeological museum, every visitor can admire the significant civilisation and art that formed Europe as we know it.
Today, Heraklion is Crete’s commercial and scientific centre, a crossroad between presence and future, a place of discovery always open in innovation and new ideas, with open public spaces overlooking magnificent views over the Aegen Sea and architectural landmarks that tell inspiring stories from its glorious past.
The old town of Heraklion is a foodie destination, but also a mosaic of lively markets, shops, cafes, taverns and all-day bistros and bars that are worth stopping by for shopping or a taste of local meze, beer and wine. The Lion Square, Saint Minas Cathedral, the City Wall, Nikos Kazantzakis Museum and 25th August Street are just a few things to see when in Heraklion.
The Venetian Harbour and the fortress of Koules are the most instantly recognizable monuments of the town. Additionally, the picturesque mountain villages around the city with their various cultural museums, the gorgeous beaches of the region, and the convenient location in the island’s heart makes Heraklion ideal for endless day trips around Crete.
But what visitors mostly love about Heraklion is the cosmopolitan spirit that embraces its authentic character. Endless stories with rebellions and giants of intellect as protagonists form the contemporary truthful personality of Heraklion, which shapes Crete as a whole.