Heraklion is the largest city of Crete and the island’s capital. Its long history began in post-Minoan times, even though the nearby Knossos used to be the most important Minoan centre, 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. Nowaydays, Heraklion is a large modern city, cosmopolitan and busy all year round. It is also an important economic centre and has a rich cultural life. 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. In addition to its many interesting museums and tourist attractions, Heraklion has a unique charm worth savouring while on visit: saunter along the pedestrian streets of its historic centre, lose yourself in the alleyways of the Old Town, take your ease in the coffee bars and raki-joints that are a part of the city's culture.