Heraklion

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Malia

Malia Crete - Famous at all times

Malia or Mallia is a coastal town located 36 km east of Heraklion built on the bay of the same name. Malia is one of Crete’s biggest package holiday resorts.

Malia Holidays

Matala

Matala Crete - The former Hippie Destination that maintains its low-key atmosphere

Matala is a village located 75 km south-west of Heraklion. It is part of the municipality of Tympaki, and the Heraklion Prefecture. Famous since ancient times for its magnificent cave-pocked cliffs, Matala was a prime hippie destination in the 1960's.

Heraklion Destinations

Top Travel Destinations in the Prefecture of Heraklion

Some of the most famous travel holidays destinations in Crete are in the prefecture of Helaklion. Malia, Hersonissos, Matala, Amoudara...

Hersonissos

Hersonissos Crete - A cosmopolitan resort with famous nightlife

Hersonissos or Limenas Hersonissou is located 25 km east of Heraklion and is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Crete. In fact, Hersonissos consists of several small villages like Koutouloufari, Piscopiano, Potamies, Avdou, Gonies and Kera and the main tourist destinations being Limenas Hersonissou, Anissaras and Old Hersonissos.

Heraklion Historical Museum

The Historical Museum of Crete

A multi-faceted museum narrating seventeen centuries of history on Crete, from Early Christian times to the modern era. The exhibition is much more than a mere display of artefacts; throughout the museum, visitors interact with new media.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The museum was built between 1937 and 1940, to designs by P. Karantinos. The site had been occupied during the Venetian Period by an imposing Catholic monastery of St. Francis, which was destroyed by the earthquake of 1856.

The Gortyn Code

the ancient law code of Gortyn

In Greek tradition, Crete was an early home of law.

In the 19th Century, a law code from Gortyn on Crete was discovered, dealing fully with family relations and inheritance;less fully with tools, slightly with property outside of the household relations; slightly too, with contracts; but it contains no criminal law or procedure.

Heraklion City

Heraklion Crete - the lively capital of Crete

Heraklion, Crete, the capital of the island, is today a modern, particularly lively town, which offers every kind of experience and form of recreation both in summer and winter.

Map of Heraklion Crete

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Heraklion Tourist Information

How to get to Heraklion

By air from Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos and from many cities in Europe. Heraklion's airport is about 5 km (3 miles) east of the city, along the coast. Major car-rental companies have desks at the airport.

A taxi to Heraklion costs about 6 Euro, and the public bus is 1 Euro.

By boat: The Island has daily connections to Athens (Piraeus Port) all year round, and during the summer to other islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Tinos and Paros.

Touring Around Heraklion

Touring the Heraklion Prefecture

You are in luck if you'd like to get out of Heraklion (realistically you need a car, taxi or motorized wheels if you only have a day). Some very good and interesting places are nearby.

Achlada is filled with old buildings and ruins, but there are also wonderfully restored houses, two delightful small Kafeneions in the old centre and two at the roadside by the main church above the village.The views are magnificent.

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