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With a unique blend of rich history and sun-blessed charm, Heraklion – Crete's largest city and Greece's fourth most populous – offers the perfect Mediterranean escapade. Whether you seek the thrill of exploring ancient ruins, the joy of soaking up the sun on beautiful beaches or the pleasure of feasting on delicious Greek cuisine, Heraklion has it all.
Unearth the mystic lore of the enigmatic Palace of Knossos, indulge your palate with world-renowned Mediterranean flavours, or soak in the glowing sun on pristine sandy beaches – a holiday to Heraklion promises a fantastic balance of adventure, relaxation and cultural nourishment.
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The Palace of Knossos
Start by exploring the Bronze Age labyrinth of the Palace of Knossos.
Delve into the history of the Venetians at the Morosini Fountain, an iconic public square renowned for its roaring lion sculptures.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Revel in the city's rich heritage at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, home to the world's best collection of Minoan art.
Venetian Port of Heraklion
Or lose yourself in the vibrant hustle and bustle of the Venetian Port of Heraklion. Whether you are a history buff, a culture vulture, or a mesmerised traveller, Heraklion offers a rich tapestry of experiences that promise to captivate your senses.
Authentic Greek Cuisine
Savour the authentic flavours of local Greek cuisine at any one of the city’s charming eateries. From fresh Greek salads, moussaka and tzatziki, to a tempting variety of seafood offerings, the city’s culinary scene will surely impress. Don't forget to sample Cretan wines, known for their unique and robust flavour profiles – the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Treat your palate to a world of flavours as we outline the best of Heraklion’s culinary scene.
Heraklion enjoys a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal destination for a holiday almost any time of the year.
May to October presents the best weather for outdoor exploration and beach activities, with the warm Mediterranean sun offering a blissful holiday experience. During these months, you can enjoy exploring the city's many ancient sites, splendid beaches, and vibrant squares comfortably. If you wish to avoid high-season rates and enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere, the cooler months between February and April, and November and December also provide decent weather conditions with fewer tourists around. Embrace the majesty of Heraklion in all its glory as you luxuriate in the charm of Greek hospitality.
Relax in the bustling atmosphere of Ammoudara Beach, known for its fine brown sand and brisk winds, perfect for windsurfing.
Unwind amid the natural serenity of Amnissos Beach or take a leisurely stroll down to the bustling Karteros Beach. Choose between more secluded or crowded options on the beach depending on your preferences – every beach provides a unique blend of tranquillity and exhilaration.
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