Heraklion

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Amoudara

Amoudara Crete - A popular resort on the longest beach of Heraklion

Amoudara in Crete, is one of the most popular north coast resorts some 5 km west of Heraklion. Almost a continuation of Heraklion, Amoudara features the longest beach (5 km) in the prefecture and is perfect for sun seekers and sports enthusiasts.

Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia Crete - the perfect place for a relaxing holiday

The cozy village of Agia Pelagia is located at the north coast of Crete some 20 km from Heraklion. The name Agia Pelagia was taken from a church which is 1 km west of the bay.

Agia Pelagia Bay

The Palace of Knossos Between Fantasy and Reality

knossos between fantasy and reality

The ancient palace of Knossos must be one of the most popular archaeological sites of Greece, as it is estimated that two to three thousand tourists visit the site daily during the summer.

The Minoans

The Minoans - the People Who Loved the Sea

In Heraklion's Archaeological Museum you are presented with tantalizing fragments left by the Minoans, a civilization so truly ancient, (from circa 2000 - 1450 BC) that you feel, along with the rest of what comprises the 21st century, like a very brash and ignorant newcomer to this planet.

In the upstairs rooms the walls are covered with large frescoes.

The Ring of King Minos

King Minos - The story of an ancient Ring

The story of the ring, known as the "ring of King Minos", started in 1928, when a little boy found it by accident in the area of the archaeological site of Knossos.

Odysseas Elytis

Odysseas Elytis - To Axion Esti

Odysseas Elytis]Odysseas Elytis Οδυσσέας Ελύτης (Odysseas Alepoudhelis) was born in Heraklion, Crete, into a prosperous Cretan family.

He is considered as one of the most important Greek poets and representatives of modernism in Greece.

His parents and ancestors came from the island of Lesbos, home of the ancient Greek poet Sappho.

Elytis studied law at Athens University from 1930 to 1935 without taking a degree. He worked periodically in the family's soap manufacturing business.

El Greco

El Greco - Domenicos Theotokopoulos

Video Crete's Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
Exhibits of some of the archaeological treasures of the Minoan civilization.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis -
I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free

KazantzakisNikos Kazantzakis (Νίκος Καζαντζάκης) (February 18, 1883, Heraklion, Crete - October 26, 1957, Freiburg, Germany) author of poems, novels, essays, plays, and travel books, was arguably the most important and most translated Greek writer and philosopher of the 20th century.

Yet he did not become truly well known until the 1964 release of the Michael Kakoyiannis film Zorba the Greek, based on Kazantzakis's novel whose English translation has the same title.

Archanes

Archanes - The traditional face of Crete

Archanes or Arhanes is a beautiful small town, some 15 km south of Heraklion. From prehistoric years to this date it has been an important financial centre of the surrounding area. It is also the archaeological site of an ancient Minoan settlement.

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