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Heraklion

Heraklion or Iraklion the birthplace of El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis can at first seem a nightmare, particularly if you arrive expecting to see a picturesque little island town.

You find yourself instead in the fifth largest city in Greece, it’s ugly and modern, a maelstrom of traffic, concrete and dust. But behind this facade and – as with Athens – you can discover a vibrant working small metropolis with a great number of attractive features which do much to temper initial impressions.

Stay long enough and you can even begin to like the place; the sea, as well as the area’s antiquites, excellent food and friendly, welcoming people make this place a delightful place to visit.

Heraklion is Crete’s biggest city (among Chania, Rethimno, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra), whose emblem is the Venetian fortress of Koules and it harmoniously combines a multilingual past as Byzantine churches standing next to the Venetian mansions and Turkish fountains and a thriving present with many restaurants, coffee shops and bars that cater to every taste.

Heraklion or Iraklion has undergone a significant makeover in recent years – this is a result of being chosen as an Olympic city …partly bu mostly because of the city’s increasing prosperity. Infrastructure works have included redevelopment of the waterfront ( have a nice walk there ), improved roads and a city bypass to ease traffic congestion and maybe the most important much of the historic centre has been turned into pleasant pedestrian strips. Let’s see how you could spent one or two days in Heraklion.

Minoan Palace of Knossos

South East

The Minoan Palace of Knossos lays about 5 km south of Heraklion Town. This is the most famous and largest Minoan site in Greece. Discovered in the early 20th century by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, the site was found almost intact and covered by ashes. This led scientists believe that the palace was destroyed by a tsunami wave caused by the volcanic eruption of Santorini in 1,550 BC.

Koules Fortress

South East

Koules Fortress is the symbol of Heraklion Town. It stands at the entrance of the port and dominates over the lovely Venetian harbour. The fortress was originally built by the Venetians in the 13th century but then it underwent many transformations by the Ottomans, who ruled Crete till the late 19th century.

Phaestos Minoan Palace

South East

The Minoan Palace of Phaestos is the second most important Minoan site in Crete, after Knossos. The design of the palace is a copy of Knossos, but in smaller scale and without many labyrinths.

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