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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,


Things to do and see - Heraklion

View a collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Discover a Bronze Age archaeological site
Knossos Palace
Enter a Venetian fortress built in the early 16th century
Koules Fortress
Learn about the island's history and culture through various exhibits
Historical Museum of Crete
See an imposing 1600s Venetian fountain with water-gushing lions
Morosini Fountain
Walk along the well-preserved Venetian walls that once fortified the city
Venetian Walls of Heraklion
Enter a historical church dating back to the 10th century
Church of Agios Titos
View exhibits on the island's flora, fauna, and geological formations
Natural History Museum of Crete
Enjoy a long stretch of golden sand and swim in clear waters
Ammoudara Beach
Tour a coastal town with a vibrant waterfront and a relaxed atmosphere
Agios Nikolaos
60 km
50 min
Visit a place that was first inhabited at the end of the Neolithic period
50 km
50 min
Experience Cretan village life and tour wineries
Archanes Village
15 km
20 min

FAQ - Heraklion

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Events - Heraklion

Iraklio Carnival
A two-week celebration with parades, costumes, and music, culminating in a grand parade on the last day. The carnival is a major event in Heraklion, and is a great way to experience the city's vibrant atmosphere.
Heraklion, Greece

Matala Beach Festival
A music festival held on the famous Matala Beach, known for its hippie history. The festival features a mix of electronic, rock, and world music, and attracts thousands of partygoers each year.
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion Wine Festival
A celebration of Cretan wine, featuring tastings, seminars, and live music.
Heraklion, Greece

Houdetsi Festival
A 4-day festival celebrating music, food, and art, held in the small village of Houdetsi, just outside of Heraklion. The festival features live music, art exhibitions, and food stalls, and is a great way to experience Cretan culture.
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion Arts Festival
A multi-arts festival featuring theater, dance, music, and visual arts, showcasing both established and emerging artists from around the world. The festival takes place in various venues throughout Heraklion, and attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion International Film Festival
A film festival showcasing independent and world cinema, with a focus on films from the Mediterranean region. The festival features screenings, workshops, and discussions, and attracts filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the globe.
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion Christmas Market
A traditional Christmas market featuring stalls selling festive food, gifts, and decorations. The market is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike, and is a great place to soak up the festive atmosphere.
Heraklion, Greece

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