is the largest and most southerly Greek island and the fifth
largest island in the Mediterranean. It's a holiday island
with some of the most beautiful and clean beaches in Greece,
an excellent road infrastructure a nature offering spectacular
mountains and valleys for driving and walking, and small villages
for relaxation in the shadow injoying the local wine and ouzo.
is the largest urban center of Crete (160.000 inhabitants),
the capital of the region, the economic center of the island
and its main port. There are daily connections by sea and by
air from Heraklion to major towns and islands in Greece, as
well as there are daily connections by air to Heraklion from
many cities in Europe.
the Minoan period, the town of Heraklion became the host of
varied cultures and civilizations, where indelible marks are
visible in the form of fountains, castles, walls, palaces
and all monuments.
It used to be the port of Knossos. Its archeological Museum,
the 2nd biggest museum in Greece, exhibits all periods of
the history of Crete and specially the Minoan one, while the
Historical Museum of Crete presents the most recent part of
the history of the island and also folk art items.
is the home town of the painter El Greco (Domenico Theotocopoulos)
and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis. A number of major excursions
like the archeological sites of Knossos, Phaestos, Ag.Triadas,
Gortyn, Malia, Archanes, etc.., are situated only a short distance
Every year in summer, the town of Heraklion as well as many
villages around, organize cultural events, exhibitions and festivals.
On the other side, Heraklion possesses a rich night life with
night-clubs, cafes and entertainment.