Must see in Heraklion

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Must see in Heraklion

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Crete's biggest and best-preserved Minoan site.
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Knossos
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Crete's biggest and best-preserved Minoan site.
Venetian fortress dating from the early 16th century
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Fortaleza Roca al Mar
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Venetian fortress dating from the early 16th century
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Museo Arqueológico de Heraclión
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Dating from the late 19th-century, this is the largest church in Crete.
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Catedral de Agios Minas
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Dating from the late 19th-century, this is the largest church in Crete.
The Morosini Fountain is at the main center of Heraklion's Old Town, dating from 1628, this fountain, surrounded by mature trees and cafés, is the center of action in the old city.
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Morosini Lions Fountain
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The Morosini Fountain is at the main center of Heraklion's Old Town, dating from 1628, this fountain, surrounded by mature trees and cafés, is the center of action in the old city.
The grave of the important Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) is located at the highest point of the walls that surround Heraklion. His grave is austere with a wooden cross and a plaque engraved with his famous phrase: "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I'm free". That is my favourite spot in the whole city, you are able to see everything and you can have a nice stroll on the walls from one side of the centre to the other. Highly recommended!
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Tafos Kazantzaki
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The grave of the important Cretan writer Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) is located at the highest point of the walls that surround Heraklion. His grave is austere with a wooden cross and a plaque engraved with his famous phrase: "I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I'm free". That is my favourite spot in the whole city, you are able to see everything and you can have a nice stroll on the walls from one side of the centre to the other. Highly recommended!
Tarrha Glass is a blown glass workshop specializing in table ware, unique pieces and architectural design. Tarrha designs are first drawn on paper and then transformed into three-dimensional objects using various techniques such as blowing and sand casting. Inspiration comes from many sources such as stone, wood, water and sea shells. Plain forms, textures and vivid colors are the characteristics of Tarrha works of Art. The main achievement of Tarrha Glass is creating exclusive design and fine quality objects, which are promoted in selected shops all over Greece and abroad.
Tarrha Glass
1 Metohi
Tarrha Glass is a blown glass workshop specializing in table ware, unique pieces and architectural design. Tarrha designs are first drawn on paper and then transformed into three-dimensional objects using various techniques such as blowing and sand casting. Inspiration comes from many sources such as stone, wood, water and sea shells. Plain forms, textures and vivid colors are the characteristics of Tarrha works of Art. The main achievement of Tarrha Glass is creating exclusive design and fine quality objects, which are promoted in selected shops all over Greece and abroad.
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Highly recommended for a true taste of Hrakleio. A unique place full of authenticity and great home made food.
The cafe of Kagiampi
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Highly recommended for a true taste of Hrakleio. A unique place full of authenticity and great home made food.
You will discover special recipes, delicious combinations of different places in Greece, but also genuine creations of award-winning small producers that will be presented on your plate. Traditional cheeses & cured meats, wines & spirits that you had never imagined their delicious richness.
thigaterra - The Art of Slow Food
109 Leoforos Andrea Papandreou
You will discover special recipes, delicious combinations of different places in Greece, but also genuine creations of award-winning small producers that will be presented on your plate. Traditional cheeses & cured meats, wines & spirits that you had never imagined their delicious richness.
Really authentic and traditional food in a wonderful place in the middle of the old market.
Athali
20 Karterou
Really authentic and traditional food in a wonderful place in the middle of the old market.
A olace in the city centre with traditional Cretan sweets , galaktoboureko, baklava, and generally phyllo pastry sweets!
Nkloria
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A olace in the city centre with traditional Cretan sweets , galaktoboureko, baklava, and generally phyllo pastry sweets!
Wonderful place, a little away from tourist roads. very cozy. friendly service. delicious traditional cuisine.
Kafeneion O Lakkos
41 Taxiarchou Markopoulou
Wonderful place, a little away from tourist roads. very cozy. friendly service. delicious traditional cuisine.
Kirkor is the best bougatsa in Heraklion since 1922. Wonderful place to get a coffee and treat yourself!
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Kirkor
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Kirkor is the best bougatsa in Heraklion since 1922. Wonderful place to get a coffee and treat yourself!
Traditional Cretan food with a twist
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Peskesi
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Traditional Cretan food with a twist
Next to the airport, homemade daily dishes to chose.
Oi treis Mouries
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Next to the airport, homemade daily dishes to chose.
Εναλλακτικό καφενείο Ρακουμέλ - Rakoumel
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Big portions, good prices, where local people eat
I Rouga Tou Mpaoula
Big portions, good prices, where local people eat
Γειτονιές
Nice pedestrian street, with plenty of shops, in the city centre ,that leads to the port where there are many local small fish taverns with wonderful views
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Nice pedestrian street, with plenty of shops, in the city centre ,that leads to the port where there are many local small fish taverns with wonderful views
The Heraklion central market is lined with shops selling souvenirs, cheap clothes and shoes, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese and meat, along with small cafés and tavernas.
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The Heraklion central market is lined with shops selling souvenirs, cheap clothes and shoes, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese and meat, along with small cafés and tavernas.
The commercial pedestrian street in the heart of Heraklion.
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The commercial pedestrian street in the heart of Heraklion.
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A picturesque village built on the slopes of a short hill. Many ancient sites surround Epano Archanes, while in a close distance is also the village Kato Archanes.
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Archanes
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A picturesque village built on the slopes of a short hill. Many ancient sites surround Epano Archanes, while in a close distance is also the village Kato Archanes.
Hersonissos is one of the most developed tourist resorts of Heraklion Crete. It has many tourist facilities,crazy nighlife, and a lovely port where fishing boats moor.
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Hersonissos
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Hersonissos is one of the most developed tourist resorts of Heraklion Crete. It has many tourist facilities,crazy nighlife, and a lovely port where fishing boats moor.
A small seaside village on the southern side of Crete, Lentas offers a nice alternative for family vacations.
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Lentas
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A small seaside village on the southern side of Crete, Lentas offers a nice alternative for family vacations.
This is a beautiful village amidst a fertile valley with vineyards and olive trees. In the Medieval times, there was a castle in the area. It is also where the familys vineyards are.
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Kastelli
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This is a beautiful village amidst a fertile valley with vineyards and olive trees. In the Medieval times, there was a castle in the area. It is also where the familys vineyards are.
Zaros is a small, mountainous village in the inland of Heraklion Crete. It is known for its pure water and the lush nature.
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Zaros
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Zaros is a small, mountainous village in the inland of Heraklion Crete. It is known for its pure water and the lush nature.
Anogia has particularly close relationships with Psiloritis range and its landscapes. The locals are mainly engaged in farming and are characterized by their hospitality. Here you can find genuine Cretans, who still wear the traditional clothes.
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Anogia, Rethymno
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Anogia has particularly close relationships with Psiloritis range and its landscapes. The locals are mainly engaged in farming and are characterized by their hospitality. Here you can find genuine Cretans, who still wear the traditional clothes.
You can visit the village of "Geni Gkave" as the locals call it and feel the real Cretan presence in one of the oldest and most traditional Cretan villages. Flouris tavern that is located inside the village is a Cretan diamond and is probably our favourite traditional Cretan food.
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You can visit the village of "Geni Gkave" as the locals call it and feel the real Cretan presence in one of the oldest and most traditional Cretan villages. Flouris tavern that is located inside the village is a Cretan diamond and is probably our favourite traditional Cretan food.
Cretan Beaches
One of the most exotic sandy beaches of Crete are Balos, a wonderful place in Chania with crystal Caribbean-like water.
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Balos Beach
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One of the most exotic sandy beaches of Crete are Balos, a wonderful place in Chania with crystal Caribbean-like water.
Located on the southwestern side of Crete, Elafonissi is a fantastic beach with exotic crystal waters.
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Playa Elafonisi
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Located on the southwestern side of Crete, Elafonissi is a fantastic beach with exotic crystal waters.
The special thing about this beach is that it is surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, consisting of 5,000 trees
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Vai Beach
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The special thing about this beach is that it is surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, consisting of 5,000 trees
Located on the southern side of the prefecture of Rethymno, this beach is actually where a river flows into the sea, passing through many palm trees and forming a lake close to the sea.
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Preveli beach
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Located on the southern side of the prefecture of Rethymno, this beach is actually where a river flows into the sea, passing through many palm trees and forming a lake close to the sea.
Matala was famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a hippie place. Many hippies would come and spend many days or even months in the caves above the beach of Matala.
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Matala
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Matala was famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a hippie place. Many hippies would come and spend many days or even months in the caves above the beach of Matala.
A hard way to go there but definately worth the hike!!
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Seitan Limani
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A hard way to go there but definately worth the hike!!
There is no direct access by car, 10 minute easy hike but it is definately woth it!
Kolokytha Beach
There is no direct access by car, 10 minute easy hike but it is definately woth it!