What would be a trip to Crete without visiting Europe’s oldest city dating back to 7,000 BC? Knossos is a timeless archaeological site located around 6 kilometers from central Heraklion which should definitely be on the top of your list. Find the best guided tour on Viator.
2. Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is the most visited museum in Crete and one of the most visited in whole of Greece. There you will find some of the most famous artifacts of Crete such as the Phaistos Disc, the Snake Goddess, Ladies in Blue and Bull Leaping frescoes. Highly recommended if you want to learn more about the history of Crete. Tickets are available on Viator.
3. Koules Fortress & Venetian Harbour
The Venetian Harbour of Heraklion is one of the most frequent visited place in the city. An evening walk along the harbour is ideal on a warm summer night and a visit to the 1500s Venetian Koules fort which has been recently renovated is one of the best things to do!
4. Heraklion Town & Liontaria Fountain
Heraklion is one of the oldest cities in Crete with a historic monument on every other corner. The Lions Fountain or Liontaria as it is in Greek is the most common meeting point for all locals. So do it like the locals do, find yourself a nice café in one of the city alleys, order yourself a cold coffee and relax!
5. Agios Minas Cathedral
As you wander around the city alleys, make sure to drop by Agios Minas, the largest church on the island which surely deserves a visit. You can admire its beautiful architecture, murals and chandeliers and on top there is no entrance fee!
6. Natural History Museum of Crete
The Natural History Museum of Crete is a fascinating museum that showcases the natural beauty and biodiversity of the island. Visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of Crete, as well as the geology and paleontology of the island. The museum also has a planetarium and an aquarium.
7. Municipal Art Gallery
If you’re a lover of art, the Municipal Art Gallery in Heraklion Town is a must-visit destination in Crete. The gallery showcases a wide range of art, from contemporary to traditional, all created by local artists. It’s a great opportunity to experience the art scene in Heraklion and appreciate the creativity and talent of its artists. Don’t miss the chance to explore this gem of a gallery during your visit to Crete.