Heraklion

Things To Do & Attractions in Heraklion

Palace of Knossos

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 60 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The best place to capture the mystery and magic of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization is the ruins of Knossos, just outside Heraklion. The secrets of this enigmatic civilization were only unraveled ...  Read more

Samaria Gorge

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Samaria Gorge is legendary amongst hikers, with more than 1,000 walkers hitting the rugged river valley trail daily in summer. Europe’s longest gorge offers a wildflower-bedecked river trail with ...  Read more

Spinalonga

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

For centuries the island of Spinalonga has been known for its Venetian fortress, and more recently it was the setting for the 2005 novel 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop. The now-abandoned island is ...  Read more

Frangokastello

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

With its sawtooth walls and square crenellated towers at each corner, the well-preserved Venetian castle of Frangokastello is straight from the pages of a medieval fairytale. The Venetians built the ...  Read more

Rethymno

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Many travelers miss out on Rethymno’s lovely Old Town and Venetian port, soaking up the waterfront ambiance in Hania instead. But Rethymno has just as much charm as its larger neighbor, with a ...  Read more

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Part zoo and part rescue center for marine and amphibious life, the privately run Aquaworld opened in June 1995 and was Crete’s first aquarium; it was the brainchild of Scotsman John McLaren, who ...  Read more

Archanes

The ruins of Archanes speak poignantly of Crete’s Minoan past. The archaeological site and museum here exhibit coffins and musical instruments, ornamental pieces, pottery shards, cooking pots, lamps ...  Read more

Cretaquarium (Thalassocosmos)

Tours & Tickets

Crete’s gleaming white sea aquarium opened in the island’s former American Base in December 2005 and is the largest in Greece, showcasing the magical fish and marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean ...  Read more

Hania

Crete’s former capital is perhaps its most idyllic town. With its intertwined Venetian and Ottoman legacy, there’s an east and west magic to its grand harbor, narrow lanes, sea walls and port ...  Read more

Malia

It might not be as famous as the Palace of Knossos, but in its day Malia was a thriving Minoan city with an impressive palace complex. These days, however, Malia is perhaps better known for the ...  Read more

Venetian Walls

Like its impressive fortress, Heraklion’s 16th-century walls are amongst the most obvious relics of Crete’s former Venetian rulers. The fort and walls were constructed by the Venetians to protect ...  Read more

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