Heraklion Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Heraklion

Palace of Knossos

4 star rating: Recommended 95 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most ...  Read more

Samaria Gorge

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Samaria Gorge, in southwestern Crete, is one of Europe’s longest canyons. A popular hiking destination, its rugged river valley trail runs 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Xyloskalo in the White ...  Read more

Rethymno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Many travelers miss out on Rethymno’s lovely Old Town and Venetian port, soaking up the waterfront ambiance in Hania instead. But Rethymno has just as much charm as its larger neighbor, with a ...  Read more

Spinalonga

4 star rating: Recommended 56 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The now-uninhabited island of Spinalonga (Kalydon) sits in the Elounda Gulf along Crete’s northeastern shore. During the 16th-century Venetian occupation, the invaders built a defensive fortress ...  Read more

Frangokastello

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

With its sawtooth walls and square crenellated towers at each corner, the well-preserved Venetian castle of Frangokastello is straight from the pages of a medieval fairytale. The Venetians built the ...  Read more

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Part zoo and part rescue center for marine and amphibious life, the privately run Aquaworld opened in June 1995 and was Crete’s first aquarium; it was the brainchild of Scotsman John McLaren, who ...  Read more

Archanes

The ruins of Archanes speak poignantly of Crete’s Minoan past. The archaeological site and museum here exhibit coffins and musical instruments, ornamental pieces, pottery shards, cooking pots, lamps ...  Read more

Cretaquarium (Thalassocosmos)

Crete’s gleaming white sea aquarium opened in the island’s former American Base in December 2005 and is the largest in Greece, showcasing the magical fish and marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean ...  Read more

Hania

Crete’s former capital is perhaps its most idyllic town. With its intertwined Venetian and Ottoman legacy, there’s an east and west magic to its grand harbor, narrow lanes, sea walls and port ...  Read more

Malia

It might not be as famous as the Palace of Knossos, but in its day Malia was a thriving Minoan city with an impressive palace complex. These days, however, Malia is perhaps better known for the ...  Read more

Star Beach Water Park

Travelers to Greece don’t need to head out on a cruise to get a taste of the waters, given that Star Beach Water Park offers up family-friendly fun in a festive environment. Visitors who want to ...  Read more

Venetian Walls

Like its impressive fortress, Heraklion’s 16th-century walls are amongst the most obvious relics of Crete’s former Venetian rulers. The fort and walls were constructed by the Venetians to protect ...  Read more

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