Welcome to Heraklion
Welcome to Heraklion - The City of Discovery
Heraklion is the capital of Heraklion regional unit, in Crete, which is one of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and also the biggest Greek island. Heraklion or also written Iraklion is the largest urban centre in Crete and the economic centre in the island. Currently, the population is around 173.000 people. This city got a rich cultural heritage thanks to the Minoan Civilization that flourished on this island 5.000 years ago. Heraklion is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations. This is one of the most attractive city in Crete. Going in this city offers possibilities to discover museums, shops in the markets and other historic places. It is also easily reached by plane from all over the world, its international airport is first in charter flights, and by boat from specialy Piraeus and the nearby Greek islands. This City also offers many confortable hotels.
Information and fact
Heraklion is the city with the most intensive night-life in Crete. There is an interesting variety of bars and clubs which are located in Heraklion Town, Hersonissos, Ammoudara and other places. Malia, Stalis and Hersonissos are the busiest nightlife spots of Heraklion.
You can find in this city some night clubs as Amnesia or Disco Athina but more of bars which are opened till 2-3 o'clock in the morning as Dolphin or Heaven.
If you are really outgoing we suggest you to participate to the Major Cultural Event in Heraklion is the summer cultural festival, organised by the municipality. It is a three-month extravaganza of music, theatre and dance, both of Greek and foreign performers.
However, if you are quieter, you can have a dinner in one of the most restaurants all around Heraklion which have delicious local dishes, local wine and traditional raki. You can go in Myrtios or also at the Red Lion.
Heraklion is a good place where we can find some shops. Just go to :
- Heraklion's street market. It is a nice street lined up with souvenirs stores.
- 1866 Street where you can find most of little shops
- Daedalou Street with reasonable prices.
Heraklion is one of the most attractive city in Greece so you can't coming there without visiting the principal sites of this city!
First of all, the most famous and important musueum to visit is Heraklion Archaeological Museum. It houses loads of artfacts of the Cretan prehistory. It is one of the greatest museum in Europe.
Another great place to visit is the CretAquarium. With more than hundreds species and thousands of living organims, you will discover the sea beds as you have never seen.
Near Heraklion, around 5 km (3 miles), in Knossos, you have the opportunity to visit the most important archelogical place sites in Europe called The Palace of Knossos. You can see the Minoan history through their structures where they lived in. This is for most people the reason to come in Crete!
The Heart of the City is also a place to visit with a lot of monuments dating from the Middle Ages.
If you want to do a walk in Heraklion you can go to the Modern Port with the huge Venetian fortress at the harbour gate.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT + 2 hours
Heraklion's climate is a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers in lowlands are particularly hot and dry with clear sky. Winters aren't that cold with some rain but without snow because its mild climate.
Heraklion is a place with several sorts of tranports.
- By sea : Travellers can take ferries and boats from Heraklion to Mykonos, Santorini, Ios Island and Paros. Heraklion is an important shipping port.
- By plane : There is the Heraklion International Airport, or Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, located about 5km of the city, which is the second busiest airport of Greece.
- Highway network : The European route E75 runs through the city and permits to be connected with the principal places of Crete as Agios Nikolaos, Chania, and Rethymno.
- Public transit : There are several buses which go from Heraklion to others cities in the island. There are two buses stations.
- Railway : Projects have been presented to build some tram lines in the island, but no plans exist for implementing this idea.