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Why Visit Heraklion?

Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of the Greek Island, Crete. It has a vibrant history, and was home to Europe’s oldest living civilization, the Minoans. Crete has been ruled by the Byzantines, Venetians and even the Ottomans, so expect a diverse historic culture when you visit!

Witness what is left of Knossos, the bronze age city which was home to the Minoan civilisation. Here, you can still find a large share of the ruins which made up the castle, and it is an interesting insight into how royalty lived in the times of 2000 BC. If you’d like to see a famous Heraklion landmark that is still completely intact, the beautiful Agios Minas Cathedral is worth a visit!

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Due to the immense number of landmarks, attractions, and things to do in Heraklion, the capital city is a perfect destination for couples and families who like to explore on their holidays.

Flights from Dublin operate to Chania between 3 and 4 days a week during the summer season. The estimated flight time is 4 hours and 30 minutes. From Chania, the estimated time to Heraklion is around 2 hours and 15 minutes.

To learn more about things to do in Heraklion, the best time to go and local info see here.

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Things to do in Heraklion 

Attractions  

  • Tour one of Heraklion’s many beautiful vineyards with a wine tasting experience.
  • Visit the old Venetian seaside fortress of Castello del Molo.
  • See a beautiful Byzantine landmark at the Church of Agios Titos.

Nightlife

There are many bars in Heraklion to spend an evening in. If you’re looking to experience the best (and craziest) nightlife in Crete, we recommend taking a trip to nearby Malia!

Dining Out

Heraklion has a huge range of fantastic authentic Greek and International cuisine. Whether you love Italian, Chinese, Thai, or American food, you will find plenty of options here.

For Families  

Kids will love a visit to the fun Interactive Kotsanas Science Museum in Heraklion. This museum allows the children to learn through play and imagination.

Beaches  

Sunbathe at the beautiful Ammoudara Beach amongst beautiful surroundings. If you want to be adventurous on your holiday, why not try some wind surfing? This beach is known to have the perfect conditions.

Shopping 

If you’re looking for some high street retail brands, be sure to head to the Ocean Village shopping centre. Alternatively, if you’d like to visit the best market Heraklion has to offer, stop by Heraklion’s Saturday market, and be sure to barter with the vendors!

Heraklion Carnival

The Heraklion Carnival takes place every February. This is a huge celebration with plenty of street parties, stalls selling traditional food and even treasure hunts!

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Best Time to Go

The summertime is the best season to visit the city of Heraklion. Crete experiences hot summers, and temperatures average in the high twenties during the months of June, July and August.

Local Info

Currency

 Euro is the currency used in Heraklion.

Time Zone   

Heraklion is two hours ahead of Ireland (GMT+2).

Getting around  

Heraklion is an easy city to tour by foot. If you’re interested in seeing more of Crete while you’re in Heraklion, we would recommend renting a car and exploring the island.