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Heraklion is one of the four prefectures of Crete and it is located between Rethymnon and Lasithi (eastern Crete).
The capital of Heraklion prefecture is the homonymous Heraklion town. Heraklion is not picturesque town but has some strong points and attractions. The powerful Venetian walls of Candia (16th century) are impressive with the major portals that define the old city. At the entrance of the harbor lies the Castle Koules which is open to the public, hosting various exhibitions and performances.
The main feature of Heraklion are the countless attractions and the amazing beaches. The distances on Crete are huge, but by driving you can get to other places on the island. It is a good idea to stay many days, in order to see as much of Crete as you can, although it is impossible to manage to see all of it.
Crete on the whole is an island where you can find whatever you are looking for. There are quiet areas for accommodation and deserted beaches for those who want a peaceful vacation, while there are also cosmopolitan beaches with bustling tourist resorts for intense holidays.
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Beaches Of Crete - Heraklion
On Heraklion, like the rest of Crete, there are countless amazing beaches for every taste.
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Travel To Crete - Heraklion
Heraklion, like all of Crete, is accessible by many ships of different ferry companies with at least one route per day and low prices. Heraklion also has an airport, called Nikos Kazantzakis.
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Transportation On Crete - Heraklion (Car Rentals)
Heraklion has buses for your transportation within the city, and to the archaeological site of Knossos. Also there are intercity buses that connect Heraklion with the rest of the prefectures of Crete.
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Accommodation On Crete - Heraklion (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Heraklion is a large prefecture, with countless hotels and rooms to let, so choose the place to stay carefully considering the distances. Most accommodation and intense life is - mainly - in the northern Heraklion, while the southern Heraklion has more beautiful beaches and quieter lifestyle (except Matala).
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Food & Drink On Crete - Heraklion
In Heraklion you should try the cooked snails, skioufikta (local pasta), various kinds of pies, stuffed vine-leaves, local lamb or goat, local rabbit and - if you can find it - gamopilafo (traditional rice served in weddings). Of course you will find plenty of fresh fish, seafood and kakavia (fish soup). From salads try the famous Cretan dakos and stamnagathi, extremely bitter greens which only grow on Crete. Accompany your meal with Cretan graviera cheese,, myzithra cheese, local wine and raki. It is generally advised eating in mountainous villages and avoiding the heavily touristic taverns.
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What To Buy On Crete - Heraklion
On Heraklion, like the rest of Crete, you can buy wine, raki, rusks, local cheeses (graviera cheese, etc), thyme honey and kaltsounia.
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Attractions On Crete - Heraklion
Knossos was the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and is 5 klm from Heraklion town. The famous palace of Knossos is located in an area of 22,000 sq.m.
It has the same value with the palace of Knossos, but it is less complicated. You will see the old and new palace, the royal quarters, workshops, theater, etc.
One of the most important museums in Europe with unique exhibits such as the enigmatic Phestos Disc, the bull-leaping fresco, the saffron collectors, etc.
A brilliant museum focusing on the history of Crete from the 4th century onwards.
Exhibits include miniatures of ecosystems, animals, plants, a skeleton of a Deinothirio (prehistoric elephant) etc. There is even an earthquake simulator.
The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum is housed in a modern building in the village square of Myrtia.
This museum was honored with praise of the Council of Europe in 1992. There are 3.000 items displayed, accompanied by wonderful pictures.
In Acharnes village there is a small archaeological collection hosted in a beautiful restored building houses exhibiting finds from the excavations in the settlement.
Lychnostatis is a very interesting museum aiming to preserve and promote the traditional life and the folk culture of Crete.
Cretaquarium is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Here you can see 2,500 kinds of living organisms, even large sharks and a touch tank.
A small brand new museum in beautiful surroundings. It hosts 24 copies of Dominikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco).
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