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Heraklion city (aka Iraklio) is the largest city on the island with a population of over 140.000 and located on the North coast, conveniently approx. in the middle of Crete. It is the location of the island’s main airport and also has a large bus station with routes running frequently across the island in all directions.
It is most well known because it is home to the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Myth of the Minotaur. Rare archaeological findings such as the Phaistos disc can be found in the city’s museum too. There are other museums to keep visitors coming, such as the Historical museum, the Natural History museum and the museum of Ancient Greek Technology.
Even if one skips the museums, the city itself has much to offer. Venetian walls surround the old part of the city which is now the centre and at the picturesque harbour, the Koules Fortress can be found which dates back to the 16th century. Walking through the city, don’t miss St. Mark’s Basilica, Lion Square Fountain and the Loggia (town hall), the two latter built by Francesco Morozini. Walking around the back streets of Agia Triada or Lakkos area, many quirky old buildings stand out and many places mentioned in the books of Nikos Kazantzakis can be found to today. At the highest point of the walls, lies the grave of Kazantzakis which can also be visited by those interested.
For those more interested in the religious aspects, there are three main churches which should be visited and all of them are centrally located: Saint Titus, Saint Minas and Saint Catherine’s next to it and Saint Peter of Dominicans. All of them with their own history and background.
In terms of food and drink, there could not be more options for visitors of both Greek and international cuisine, quality and fast-food, gluten-free, vegan… something for everyone! Relax by the Morozini fountain, drinking a Greek coffee and eating some bougatsa while you watch the world go by or try some of the local gyros or souvlaki. Stroll up the central market to find local herbs and spices, cheese or yoghurt, or simply to enjoy the scents of them floating in the air surrounding you.
The city never sleeps and nightlife can also be exciting even during weekdays, with cafes and bars filled with people creating a buzz. Trust where the locals go and don’t be afraid to spend some time walking around – even though Heraklion is the capital of Crete, it is still very safe.
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