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By Air

Heraklion International Airport, or Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is located about 5 km east of the city.The airport is named after Heraklion native Nikos Kazantzakis,a writer and philosopher.It is the second busiest airport of Greece,due to Crete being a major holiday destination.

By Sea

Heraklion is an important shipping port and ferry dock.Travellers can take ferries and boats from Heraklion to a multitude of destinations including Santorini,Ios Island,Paros,Mykonos,and Rhodes.There are also several daily ferries to Piraeus,the port of Athens on mainland Greece.

By Road

European route E75 runs through the city and connects Heraklion with the three other major cities of Crete : Agios Nikolaos,Chania,and Rethymno.

Key places to visit
Historical Museum of Crete, Palace of Knossos, Amoudara Beach, Cretaquarium, Museum of Visual Arts, Ottoman Vezir Mosque, Venetian walls, Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare


Places to Visit

Historical Museum of Crete

Is a museum in Heraklion,Crete,Greece.The Museum presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. It was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies, which had been established two years earlier.The founders' goal was to collect and preserve valuable archaeological,ethnographic and historical material deriving from the medieval and modern periods in Cretan history.The museum is housed in a two-storey neoclassical building, which was constructed in 1903 on the site of an earlier mansion.

Palace of Knossos

Is the site of the most important and best known Minoan palace complex in Crete.It is located some 5 km (3 mi) south of Heraklion.According to tradition,Knossos was the seat of the legendary Cretan king Minos.The Palace is also connected with further legends,such as the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur,as well as the story of Daidalos and Ikaros.Excavation has revealed that the site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 B.C.) until Roman times.

Amoudara Beach

The city's beach area a three kilometer strip of sandy beach,lots of cafes,bars and hotels and the site of "Technopolis"a modern multiplex cinema and open-air theatre.experienced and amateur riders can ride at the beach of Karteros,or take riding lessons at Ippikos Omilos Hrakliou,located 6km east of Heraklion,in Karteros.


The biggest aquarium in the Eastern Mediterranean.Located about nine miles east of Heraklion on the National Road (signposted) or by Cretan Intercity in the month of June -September 09:00-21:00 and in the month of October-May 09:00-19:00.

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