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Heraklion

4.1
History Museums · Fountains · Room Escape Games
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization. Founded by Arab raiders sometime in the 9th century, Heraklion swapped its rulers several times over the centuries, eventually coming under Venetian and then Ottoman control. Before retreating, the successive conquerors left an indelible mark on the city's architecture of medieval fortifications, Byzantine churches, and lavish fountains. The birthplace of El Greco, modern Heraklion is a densely populated city infamous for its traffic congestion. Take a break from the big port city and its throngs of tourists by exploring the ancient sites located just a short drive from the busy coastline. Plan your tour of Heraklion and Greece travel itinerary using our Greece travel route planner.
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Popular things to do in Heraklion

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History Museum
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
The Natural History Museum of Crete
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Historical Museum of Crete
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Castle
Castello del Molo (Koules)
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Heraklion

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Ruin
The Palace of Knossos Knosos
3.1
Duration: 3 hours
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Aquarium
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos Gournes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Matala beach Matala
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
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Spa
Aegeo Spas Istron
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Heraklion

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Winery / Vineyard
Lyrarakis Winery
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Douloufakis Winery
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Thermal Spa
Thalasso by Aegeo Spas
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
Venetian Walls and Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Heraklion

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Church
Church of Saint Titus
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Cathedral of St. Minas
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Kera Kardiotissa Monastery
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Religious Site
Church of Agios Mathaios Sinaites
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Wineries in Heraklion

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Domaine Paterianakis
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
Gavalas Crete Wines
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Winery / Vineyard
Boutari Winery
3.2
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Heraklion

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Terra mia
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kosmima Gold & Silver
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Zalo
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Irida Family Workshop
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Food Tour
Tour Experts Private Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Fountain
Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain)
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Winery Stilianou Kounavi
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Farm
Snail Farm and Fun Tylissos
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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