Once upon a time it had great palaces. Then Crete became a naval power. Nowadays the island has gained serenity. The beach, the sun and Greek salads with fresh olives, that’s what it’s all about. Crete is an island to simply enjoy. Most tourists stay in the northeast of the island, in places such as Heraklion, Malia and Agios Nikolaos. Heraklion is the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It’s centrally located on the north coast of the island, on the Aegean Sea.
Points of interest in Heraklion
Heraklion is centrally located and well-connected to the mainland. That’s why Heraklion is often the starting point of travels on Crete. The city has plenty of variety to explore, such as busy streets, many terraces and squares, a colourful daily market, and plenty of restaurants with Cretan specialities. Heraklion appears noisy at first, but it’s a city with character. Take a walk along the harbour, the lively markets, the shopping streets, the Morosini Fountain, and the beautiful churches of Agios Minas and Agios Titos. Heraklion is a city that is alive. Tourism abounds and buses travel from Heraklion to nearly all parts of the island. It’s therefore a good starting point for all travels on Crete.
Points of interest on Crete
The ruins of Knossos, once the mighty palace of king Minos, are located just south of Heraklion. About 4,000 years ago, this was the first city of Greece and Europe. During the Minoan period, Crete greatly flourished. Reconstructions show how life in the palace was organised. Equally impressive, but in a different way, is the Samaria Gorge, a narrow mountain pass of 16 kilometres long. The mountainsides rise above the path up to 500 meters high. In some places the rock-faces nearly touch, which makes you feel very small. Becoming one with the robust power of the mountains and sea is typical of Crete.
Eindhoven – Heraklion airline tickets
Transavia flies from Eindhoven Airport to Heraklion.