Heraklion, here beats the heart of Crete
Discover the heart of Crete in Heraklion, a captivating destination brimming with history and remarkable monuments that epitomize its rich culture. From Lions Square to the Venetian fortress at the old port, explore the vibrant Markets showcasing local delights. A visit to Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization, is essential for history enthusiasts. Embrace nature amidst olive groves, charming gorges, and timeless vineyards.
Unwind on stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, while the city offers a unique urban and multicultural experience with diverse entertainment. Engage with locals, dance to the lyra's tunes, and be mesmerized by Mantinades' storytelling. Don't miss the chance to savor authentic Cretan raki. Heraklion awaits, a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. Embark on an enriching journey through time and tradition. Plan your visit now!
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