Heraklion is a multifaceted seaside city and a major urban center. Discover the many world-renowned attractions it has to offer. The Heraklion of yesterday; the Venetian harbor and walls, ideal for a nostalgic walk through history. And the vibrant city of today; city squares and pedestrian walkways filled with a youthful energy, raki (the local drink), ouzo, gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels. Along with these, several museums and one of the largest aquariums in Europe.
Just beyond the city limits, explore the much vaunted Knossos, one of the most significant sights on the island and in Greece. The most important center of the Minoan civilization, the palace of King Minoas and the home of the myth of the Minotaur.
The Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and traveler Nikos Kazantzakis. The Museum is made up of a cluster of buildings in the central square of the historical village of Varvari, now known as Myrtia. The Museum Exhibition is housed on a site formerly occupied by the home of the Anemoyannis family, which was related to Nikos Kazantzakis’ father, Kapetan Michalis. The Museum was founded in 1983 by set and costume designer Yiorgos Anemoyannis, a pioneering figure in Greek theatre. His fundamental aim was to preserve the author’s memory and promote his work and thought.
Aquaworld – Crete’s first aquarium – is in Hersonissos, Greece. Displays local sea life and reptiles from everywhere. Hands-on interaction with many of the animals is encouraged. Most of the animals are rescued or were injured animals which now have a loving home at Aquaworld.