Beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, a landscape of small villages and monasteries, olive trees as far as the eye can see, whitewashed houses, and a warm population are all the promises Heraklion makes to its visitors.
Knossos Palace is the first place you need to see. It traces the Minoan civilization, and the site's remains show this city's power at once. Then to go to the city center of Heraklion, you will pass by the street of August 25 and Lions Square. Dotted with small restaurants, bars, cafes, and souvenir shops, you will probably come out with handicrafts of all kinds. You will also take the time to admire the Agios Titos church and spend some time near the Morosini Fountain. A building not to be missed in this city is the Fortress of Heraklion or the Fortress of Koules. Through the exhibitions, you will have a better idea of what Venetian and Ottoman life could have been like at the time. To continue discovering the history of Heraklion, take a tour of the Archaeological Museum. In the 22 exhibition halls, you will find collections and Minoan objects found in the palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, or Aghia Triada. Then, the Natural History Museum of Crete will allow you to discover the giant deinotherium, the most significant prehistoric animal in the region, and other typical animals. Head to the markets of Heraklion to admire an actual festival of shimmering colors, scents, and attractive flavors. In the Pateles market, you can buy some spices and local products. Take the opportunity to go shopping in Dedalou Street. Walking on the fortifications of Heraklion in the form of medieval walls will let you have a breathtaking view of the city. Then, to enjoy the beach, you will have to go to the coast of Ammourada, where you can go water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, and canoeing. Take a boat trip if you want to discover Heraklion from another perspective. For partygoers, head to the Matala Beach Festival, the Heraklion Summer Arts Festival, the Wine Festival of Dafnes in July, and the Thrapsana Pottery Festival, among others.