Explore Heraklion ∙ bucket list for tourist

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Explore Heraklion: travel guide for tourists

The capital of Crete, Heraklion, is the center of ancient European civilization with rich history, priceless archaeological sites, and show-stopping nature. Heraklion is one of the top European destinations for summer holidays, hosting guests worldwide. 

Things not to miss in Heraklion

  • Explore the ancient Palace of Knossos, the biggest Minion site and the most significant attraction in Crete and Heraklion.
  • Wander around the local markets and mainly the Pateles searching for flavors, spices, seafood, and more.
  • Spend a day strolling about the Old Town, the Venetian Fort of Koules, and the promenade along the sea.
  • Learn a 3500-year history of Heraklion in the Archaeological Museum with priceless treasures. 
  • Shop in the Old Town with over 1000 souvenirs, jewelry, and handicraft shops. 
  • Enjoy the sun, golden sand, and turquoise water on Ammoudara Beach.

Eat like a local in Heraklion

  • Visit the popular Peskesi restaurant to taste the best wines from Crete’s vineyards.
  • Find a great variety of mezedes (Greek tapas) in Kafenio O Tempelis and enjoy a lovely evening with live music.
  • Typically Greek street food is served in Krasas with a wide variety of dishes.
  • Find some late-night restaurants and cafes on Agios Titos Square, Korai Street, and Lions Square.
  • Enjoy Cretan delicacies on the open terrace of Herb’s Garden restaurant overviewing the harbor and the old town.

Where to stay in Heraklion

  • Choose GDM Megaron, a Historical Monument 5-star hotel overlooking the Venetian port, for a luxury stay.
  • Enjoy a great location and modern amenities in Ibis Styles Heraklion Central 4-star hotel in the heart of Heraklion.
  • Comfort can be affordable if you choose Infinity City Boutique 3-star hotel within a 6- minute walk from the beach.
  • So Young stylish and modern hostel is a perfect place if you are a budget traveler.
  • Travel to famous Matala beach and caves, staying overnight in cozy Amalia hotel.

Heraklion hotels map with prices


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See also in Greece: Heraklion, Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Patras