Heraklion

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A Walk in Heraklion

A walk around the city of Heraklion starting in a clockwise direction from the old Venetian harbor, will take in, in turn, the following bastions:

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Heraklion Museums

The Museums of Heraklion

Two of Crete's finest museums are located in Heraklion.

Heraklion Historical Temples

The Byzantine and Venetian Temples of Heraklion

Churches of the Byzantine time, of the Venetian period, as well as later ones are still preserved today, in different parts of the city, each one having its own history, denoting the deep religious belief of the people of Heraklion during their long history.

Matala

the archaeological site of Matala

Matala - is a village located 75 km south-west of Heraklion.

The artificial caves in the cliff of the Matala bay were created in the Neolithic Age.

Mallia

The archaeological site of mallia

Mallia - or Malia is the name given now to an ancient city. The original name for the city is not known. Mallia was located on the north coast of the island in a fertile plain.

The city ruins now lie about two miles east of the tourist resort of Mallia.

Gortys

the archaeological site of Gortys

Gortys or Gortyn is located 45 km from the Heraklion. It was a very important city during the age of the Minoan civilization.

Gortys, the Roman capital of Crete, was first inhabited around 3000 B.C., and was a flourishing Minoan town between 1600-1100 B.C.

Phaistos

The archaeological site of Phaistos

Phaistos or Festos was one of the most important centres of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete.

It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C.

Knossos

the archaeological site of knossos

Knossos, Crete is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, probably the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture.

It has been substantially and imaginatively "rebuilt", making the site accessible to the casual visitor in a way that a field of unmarked ruins is not.

Heraklion Archaeological Sites

Heraklion - Hub of the most important archaeological sites

Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Matala is only some of the archaeological sites of Heraklion prefecture in Crete.

Heraklion Beaches

Heraklion Beaches - A sun seeker's paradise

Heraklion is famous for its amazing beaches. It's a true paradise for the sunseeker.

The variety and extent of Crete's coastline makes it possible for bathers to enjoy an infinite number of different places to swim, all of them lapped by warm, crystal clear water.

Heraklion has a beach for every taste from romantic rocky coves to long sandy beaches.

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