Things to do in Heraklion

Heraklion – largest city of the island of Crete, showcasing the heritage of the region

Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the largest cities in Greece. The ruins of the ancient and legendary palace of Knossos lie near the city of Heraklion. The city are full of interesting places that tells the stories of the ancient Greek society and you don’t have to be a history buff to be able to enjoy and appreciate all the interesting sights and things to do in Heraklion. You can trace the fascinating past of the city and all of Greece just by strolling along the city streets.


Things to do in Heraklion

Heraklion conserves many historic sites and artifacts that showcase the rich culture and heritage of the region.


Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the most impressive in Greece and contains the most notable Minoan arts, plus a complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan Civilization of Crete. The museum houses many ancient artifacts, including clay pots, early tablets with ancient writing, the famous Snake Goddess statuette as well as the Bull’s Head Rython.


When to go to Heraklion

Heraklion enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities year round. Summers are long and hot, winters are mild, and drastic changes in temperature are rare. As you travel inward, you can expect some cooler temperatures and even some snowfall at higher elevations during the winter.



Heraklion has many hotels, villas and inns to offer, each in various price ranges. The prices are fairly affordable, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that suits your budget. Prices tend to go up and the number of tourists increases during the summer, so plan ahead and book your accommodations beforehand.



Heraklion Facts

Population173 993
AirportNikos Kazantzakis, Greece (HER)

Heraklion average temperatures

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Golf in Heraklion

About 20 kilometers from Heraklion you will find The Crete Golf Club, an amazing 18 hole course well worth the drive. It is the only 18 hole course on the island and is considered one of the beast in the Mediterranean. What really sticks out is how the design and the landscape seamlessly go together, creating a golf and nature harmony. The course is also challenging with some elevation changes and well placed bunkers, making it a fun course to play no matter if you are new to the game of golf or more of a veteran player. Don't miss it if you are in Heraklion!

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