Heraklion, here beats the heart of Crete
The heart of Crete beats in Heraklion a destination with abundant history and remarkable monuments that hide within an entire culture. Walk from Lions Square to the old port where the Venetian fortress stands majestically. Explore the Markets with the local products.
A visit to Knossos, the centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete is a must.
Enjoy the nature among olive groves, gorges of unusual charm and vineyards that go through the years and seasons!
Discover unique aromas and flavours, beaches of unsurpassed beauty with clear waters but also all forms of entertainment in the city that has this unique, urban and multicultural character.
Meet the locals, dance with them accompanied by the lyra, listen to the famous Mantinades (Mantinades is the art of musical declamation in form of a narrative or dialogue, sung in the rhythm of accompanying music) and clink your glasses drinking authentic Cretan raki.
Enjoy the cuisine in Heraklion
Luxurious restaurants, traditional taverns and picturesque cafes, all surrender to the delicious magic of Cretan cuisine that manages to turn into Cornucopia any simple product. Try Cretan Dakos (barley rusks soaked in tomato and feta oil), Rye bread, Hare, pies of various kinds (meat pie, cheese pie, yogurt pie, leek pie, fennel pie), fresh fish in various recipes, Snails fried on olive oil and wine, grilled goat, Kalitsounia (pies stuffed with cream cheese and mint) and of course the famous wedding pilaf (boiled rice with various meats), which used to be offered only at the wedding dinner, but now adorns the menu of most restaurants on the island.
Best time to visit Heraklion
Crete is an ideal all seasons destination. Thanks to its temperate climate and sunshine, the island attracts visitors throughout the year.
How to use transportation in Heraklion
Airport/port transfer options
Heraklion is connected to Athens and a large number of European Cities being the gateway to the island for all foreign visitors
Heraklion is connected to Athens by regular ferry services from the port of Piraeus. The journey takes about 8 to 10 hours and the route usually runs at night
A number of Public Buses are available for local transport.
Taxis are available 24 hours