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Welcome to Heraklion

Crete’s capital of Heraklion is bustling and energetic, where the hubbub of contemporary life bumps up against thousands of years of history. To learn about its storied past, venture to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (home to ancient Minoan treasures) and the ruins of the Palace of Knossos (associated with the Minotaur legend), before wandering in the Old Town and discovering the recently restored Koules Fortress on its harbor. The city isn’t just about sightseeing, though, and other top things to do in Heraklion include exploring the buzzing cafés, busy nightlife, and varied shopping.

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Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos

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Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. Today, it’s Crete’s largest and most important archaeological site, crowned by the hilltop Palace of Knossos—built around 2,000 BC—which reveals a fascinating history that stretches all the way back to the earliest European civilizations.More
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Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

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Samaria Gorge, in southwestern Crete, is one of Europe’s longest canyons. A popular hiking destination, its rugged river valley trail runs 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Xyloskalo in the White Mountains to he coastal village of Agia Roumeli. The gorge is part of Samaria Gorge National Park, which enjoys a seat along the Libyan Sea coast.More
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Spinalonga

Spinalonga

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The now-uninhabited island of Spinalonga (Kalydon) sits in the Elounda Gulf along Crete’s northeastern shore. During the 16th-century Venetian occupation, the invaders built a defensive fortress here protecting Mirabello Bay. Today visitors can tour the massive structure and the abandoned buildings that sit along its turreted walls.More
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Rethymno (Rethimno)

Rethymno (Rethimno)

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The third-largest settlement on the Greek island of Crete, the port town of Rethymno (Rethimno) has been occupied since the Late Minoan period. Its Venetian- and Ottoman-era old town—a knot of narrow, flower-bedecked lanes overlooked by a fortified Venetian castle—oozes history and character. A series of sandy beaches stretch out along the coastline to the east.More
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Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

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The Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre showcases Crete’s indigenous marine and amphibious life in 15 vast tanks, as well as reptiles from all over the world housed in terrariums and pools. Get up close and handle snakes, tortoises, and lizards, join in feeding sessions, snap a selfie, and learn about wildlife conservation.More
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Cretaquarium (Thalassokosmos)

Cretaquarium (Thalassokosmos)

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Cretaquarium (Thalassokosmos, or “sea world” in Greek, Crete's gleaming white sea aquarium, is the largest in Greece. Showcasing the fascinating fish and marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea, the aquarium is home to roughly 2,500 fish from more than 250 indigenous species, ranging from sand tiger sharks to microscopic sea horses.More
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Malia

Malia

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Expand your knowledge about local history in Crete during a visit to Malia, once a thriving Minoan city with an impressive palace complex. The small site is home to excavations that reveal fascinating details such as a luxurious bath, but Malia today is perhaps best known for the resorts and Ibiza-style nightlife of neighboring Malia town.More
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Venetian Walls

Venetian Walls

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Go for a stroll along the 16th-century walls in Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, to get a sense of the island’s Venetian history. The walls were constructed by Crete’s former Venetian rulers and they withstood a 21-year siege of the city by the Ottomans. Seven bastions and four gates make up the massive fortifications.More
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Watercity Water Park

Watercity Water Park

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A compact water park with a varied range of slides, Watercity Water Park is located midway between Heraklion and Hersonissos. Slides include a long, slow “Crazy River” raft ride, a boomerang ride, a vortex-style slide, a Tarzan swing, and more. You can also enjoy a wave pool, a lazy river, two children’s pools, and a selection of children’s slides.More
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Star Beach Water Park

Star Beach Water Park

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Part of the Star Beach resort complex, this 4-acre (1.5-hectare water park sits directly on the waterfront and offers up family-friendly fun in a festive environment on the island of Crete. With adventurous water slides, a relaxing lazy river, and plenty of activities for tots, the Star Beach Water Park offers an ideal beach break.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Heraklion

How to Spend 3 Days in Heraklion

Top activities in Heraklion

Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch
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Jeep Safari 4x4 Crete real off road mountain tracks with Lunch from Hersonissos
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Heraklion Private Cretan Cooking Class at a Traditional Village
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From Heraklion: Spinalonga Island ,Elounda and Agios Nikolaos Tour
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Full-Day 4x4 Self-Drive Safari in Crete with Lunch
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PRIVATE Spinalonga, Ag Nikolaos, olive oil factory incl Boat
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Walk through Samaria Gorge

Walk through Samaria Gorge

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