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Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion is the island’s capital and largest city. Its long history began in post-Minoan times, and saw the succeeding of various conquerors, whose traces are still evident in the city. For instance, one of Heraklion's most important landmarks is the Kouless Fortress in the Venetian harbour. In recent years, many streets around the centre have become pedestrianized and link the major monuments of the city, so that one can go about on foot more easily, free from the rush of traffic.
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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a gateway to the East of Crete. With a strategic location on the Gulf of Mirabello, in summer the town becomes a cosmopolitan resort. However, the town's ancient feel lives on. Vouliagmeni Lake, where, according to old myths, Aphrodite and Athena were wont to come and bathe, is not far from the beach of Kitroplateia and the famous island of Spinalonga. Beautiful Neo-Classical buildings line the Old Harbour, a lively spot with an abundance of bars, restaurants and hang-out spots.
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Sitia

Sitia

Sitia is the best ‘ambassador’ for East Crete: authentic, uncrowded and picturesque. It can be an ideal base for the exploration of the easternmost parts of the island, including the popular Vai Beach, home to Crete's biggest palm forest. Originally founded by the Minoans, the tranquil seaside town is known for its lovely harbour, featuring colourful boats, several eateries and a beautiful promenade. Historic attractions include a fortress, an Archaeological and a Folklore museum, as well as a long sandy beach.
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