Heraklion or Iraklion, with a population of more than 150.000 residents, is the largest city and capital of Crete. A modern access point for thousands of tourists, the city has a developing modern infrastructure and a variety of historical and archaeological sites including the world famous palace of Knossos and the archaeological museum.
The Mediterranean climate of the island is a plus for everyone that wants to combine the luxuries of a city with short or long visits to the other parts of the island or to the nearby beaches.
However, if you want to stay within the city’s medieval walls, you will have the chance to see beautiful Venetian buildings, such as Lodgia and St Marcus Basilica. Also, for those who can appreciate fine cuisine and want a taste of the renowned Cretan diet, you can always look for traditional taverns or eclectic restaurants or just choose one of the many clubs, pubs and coffee shops.
Places to visit in Heraklion
Heraklion has many places of interest to visit:
Museums like the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the Historical Museum, Museum of the Battle of Crete and National Resistance and the Natural History Museum.
Archaeological Sites like Knossos or Phaestos
Other places of special interest like Monasteries or Venetian Buildings.
History of Heraklion
The history of Heraklion dates back to the Minoan times, when the Minoans looking for access to the sea founded a settlement and a small harbor that they named Heraklion. It is estimated that in the region there was a temple of Hercules, hence the name Heraklion. Oddly enough there are no written reports of Heraklion till the end of the Minoan civilization and the end of the first Byzantine period.
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