Historic Candia, the city of Heraklion with its Venetian harbor, is a modern capital with dozens of choices in the area of culture, accommodation, food , holiday and entertainment. Walk and enjoy the sights, impressive church of Saint Titus in the square, originally built by Nikiforos Phokas in 961, the Armeria and the Club next to Agios Titos, the Town Hall (Loggia) with 82 metopes and galleries. Opposite the lion square, full of life and movement. On Eleftherias Square stands the impressive building of the Prefecture, which houses today the region of Crete.
Fountain of MOROZINI “the lions square “
The Lion Square is known to everyone with the name Morosini Fountain. It is a Venetian fountain with four lions, which springs out of their mouths. It is of particular importance to the inhabitants when it was constructed after offering a solution to the water problem of the city. It’s one of the Most impressive sightings of Crete island.
In the years of the Venetian domination, the loggia was a place of concentration of the nobility and the rulers, while today the town hall is housed. Lots of tourists are visiting the building every year.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF HERAKLION
The famous museum is considered one of the most important in Europe and its exhibits include representative samples from all periods of prehistory and history of Crete, covering about 5,500 years. You will admire the frescoes of the Taurokathampions, the Phaistos Disc, the Princess with the Lilies, the Crocodilers and the Blue Bird.
Walking on the walls, you will see the whole city from above, rest in small shady parks and admire the art of Venice’s famous engineer, Michele Sanmicheli, whose designs were built over 100 years. The Venetian walls define the old city and it was a miraculous work that brought Heraklion to the best fortified city of the Mediterranean.
At the entrance of the Venetian harbor of Heraklion stands Koules, called Castello del Molo or Rocca al Mare. It was built by the Venetians and took its final form between 1523-1540. It has been repaired many times and during the Ottoman domination there was a prison. Opposite the harbor you will admire the impressive Venetian vines.
Engineer Daedalus constructed the Labyrinth on behalf of the mythical King Minos to isolate the Minotaur, a terrible creature that was half a man, half a bull. Theseus killed him and found his way out of the Labyrinth with the help of her daughter, Minos, Ariadne and her mother. The most important center of Minoan civilization and one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece is just 5 km from Heraklion.
It was the seat of King Minos and its complex architectural structure that justifies the myth of the Labyrinth. Thanks to the restoration of Evans, which excavated Knossos, it is one of the unique archaeological sites in Greece where the visitor can experience the experience of life in the palace during the visit. You will admire the throne room consisting of the anteroom and the main throne space. The procession corridor decorated with frescoes – the most characteristic of which is the << Princess with the lilies >>
PALACE OF FAISTOS
Phaistos was the second most important center of civilization in the Minoan era and was the second largest palace next to Knossos. It is located 55 km south of Heraklion and near Tympaki. Today you will see the ruins of the palace overlooking the Libyan Sea. One of the most important findings of Phaistos is the famous Phaistos Disc found in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
While on holiday, it’s a must a visit to the Museum.
Sharks, hippopotamuses, jellyfish … The marine world of the Mediterranean parades in front of your eye-catching eyes at the Cretaquarium, which includes 60 aquariums with 1,700,000 liters of seawater. It is one of Europe’s largest aquariums, and more than 4,000 organisms are housed inside the tanks.
Next to Heraklion you can find blue beautiful beaches!
Choose Amoudara, located on the west side of the city, a long, sandy beach full of organization and shallow water. Also suitable for water sports. Also, the popular Agia Pelagia, which is one of the largest resorts on the island’s northern coast. Next to Agia Pelagia is Vlyhada, an artificial pebble beach, open to the winds and access only by swimming.
Once you are in the prefecture of Heraklion, move south and look for Matala and its famous beach with the caves, which became particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, when hippies were gathering from around the world to live in its caves. As for the cave beach, it is golden and sandy with crystal clear waters!