Bob Linsdell
Do & See

The Old Port Heraklion

It is to be found on the left side of the modern port. During the Venetian period, it was an important commercial and military centre. The perfect spot for a nice romantic walk, especially during the night.
The Koules Fortress

The Koules Fortress

The fortress is really impressive and one of the special sights of Heraklion. It was built at the entrance of the Venetian port in order to protect from raids. Fragments of the carved lions of Saint Mark can be seen on its sides. On the top, an outdoor theatre has been built and they use it during the summer festivals. The name Koules is a Turkish name, but the Venetians called it Rocca al Mare. The castle is open to the public.
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The Minoan Palace of Knossos

The archaeological site of Knossos is at a distance of 5 kilometres southeast of Heraklion, near the small village of the same name. It is the largest and most known centre of the Minoan civilization.
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Hersonissos

Hersonissos is the night-life paradise of Crete. There are hundreds of bars, big hotels and nice restaurants. There are also nice beaches, especially “limanakia,” a number of very small bays. Ideal for sea, sun and fun lovers. One hour distance from the centre of Heraklion and you can go there by bus. The buses leave from the station near the port—Kountourioti str, Limenos area.
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Malia

Malia has plenty to do—day and night. Plenty of taverns, pubs and discos and a lovely beach. A great party place! It is ninety minutes away from Heraklion. Get the bus from the same place as for Hersonissos.
Amoudara

Amoudara

West of Heraklion is the closet summer resort. Restaurants, tavernas, cafés, music bars, gift and jewellery shops are available along the road, with some beach-side taverns. You can go there taking the bus from Eleftherias square (Liberty square) or by taxi.
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Chania – Rethymnon

If you are planning to stay more than a week in Crete and specifically at Heraklion, take the chance to visit two more great cities of the island with great natural beauties, gorges and very traditional villages: Rethymnon is 1,5 hours away from Heraklion (by bus), and Chania is 3 hours from Heraklion. For both destinations, you can get the bus from the central bus station near the port.
The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum holds finds from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other archaeological sites in Crete. It’s a must see place for the visitors who want to have an overall view of the island’s archaeological treasures. Popular highlights include the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescoes, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.
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