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By Air

Airports nearest to Irakleion are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre.

Heraklion Airport (distanced approximately 4.8 km)
Kasteli Airport (distanced approximately 23 km)
Tymbaki Airport (distanced approximately 50 km)
Sitia Airport (distanced approximately 89 km)
Khania (Souda) Airport (distanced approximately 92 km)

By Bus

The city of Heraklion bus runs from the center to the town and surrounding areas.The bus connects Heraklion Crete with the whole rest of the island.

By Road

The northern road axis of Crete V.O.A.K.offers access to the biggest cities.The Highways Heraklion and Heraklion-Mires-Arkalochori connect the city with the interior of the county.

Key places to visit
Pankritio Stadium, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Archaeological site of Knossos


Places to Visit

Pankritio Stadium

The Cretan Stadium is being built for the needs of the Olympic Games.Located in Heraklion, Crete, on the west side of town 50.south of the sea.It has a capacity 26,240 spectators and is one of the most modern in the country.The construction was completed in March 2004.Includes football, track with eight lanes, pool and function rooms underneath the stands.Also, outside the main stage is assistant stage with tartan and grass.It is fully equipped power.Used in the qualification matches for the football tournament of the Olympic Games ATHENS 2004.Until now only used by a football team of the city, Ergotelis, while there has been given for use by the general public or groups track and other sports in the city.

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Archaeological Museum is a museum that displays almost all of the Minoan civilization.The project was started at the dawn of the 20th century (1904-1912) thanks to the efforts of archaeologists Hatzidakis and Stefanos Joseph Xanthoudides, curators of the Archaeological Service.In modern seismic building, designed by Patroklos Karantinos, a total of twenty-room houses artifacts that were excavated in palaces, houses, tombs, caves, exposed sections in time and according to the sites found.The most important among them are the "snake goddesses" rhyta, the bull-leaping fresco and gold ring from level crossings.

Archaeological site of Knossos

The Minoan palace is the main site of Knossos, an important city in antiquity, continuously from the Neolithic period to the fifth century.AD is built on the hill of the head, with easy access to the sea and the interior of Crete.According to tradition, was the seat of the wise King Minos.Fascinating legends, the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and Daedalus and Icarus, connected with the palace of Knossos.The first excavations were made in 1878 by Herakleion Minos Summer.Followed by the excavations conducted by the Englishman Sir Arthur Evans (1.9 thousand - one thousand nine hundred thirteen and one thousand nine hundred twenty-two - one thousand nine hundred and thirty) and revealed that the entire palace.

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