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Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete, Greece

Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Greece

The port of Heraklion is located on the north coast of Crete, in the center of the island. Heraklion is the capital of Crete. Crete is the largest island in Greece. Near Heraklion, you can visit the ruins of the palace of Knossos to see the places where King Minos and the Minotaur lived according to legend.

Useful Information

Language

Greek

Tips

5% to 10% will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Currency

EUR
Euro

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Time difference

UTC: 2

from New York: +7h

from San Francisco: +9h

from London: +2h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
948
1254
1560
903.50
February
948
1254
1660
682.75
March
1049
1456
1762
582.25
April
1253
1762
2068
291.00
May
1559
2069
2474
140.50
June
1966
2476
2781
40.25
July
2271
2679
2984
10.00
August
2271
2679
2983
10.00
September
1967
2474
2680
180.75
October
1762
2068
2374
652.50
November
1356
1762
2068
592.25
December
1151
1457
1763
783.00

Where is located the Port of Heraklion Cruise Terminal

The Port of Heraklion is located near the city. The passenger terminal is located nearby and is shared with the Ferries passengers. The city provides a shuttle to reach the terminal in about 5 minutes.

Travelling around the Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete Cruise Port

From the passenger terminal, a 15-minute walk will bring you to the old town along the seafront.
Taxis are available at the terminal.
A hop-on hop-off tourist bus connects the various attractions of the city and the Palace of Knossos.
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Activities in Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete

Neighborhoods

Central Market

The Heraklion central market is lined with shops selling souvenirs, cheap clothes and shoes, fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, cheese and meat, along with small cafés and tavernas.

Landmarks

Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis

The tomb of the author of “Zorba the Greek.”

City Walls

The city is surrounded by fortifications. It is possible to walk along the top of these walls to enjoy the view of the city.

Historical sites

Knossos Palace

The Minoan palace is the main site of interest at Knossos. The city was the center of Minoan civilization and capital of Minoan Crete. It was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Minotaur Labyrinth.

Museums

Archeological Museum

The museum features statues and frescoes from the Palace of Knossos as well as vases and the ancient jewelry.

Historical Museum of Crete

The Historical Museum of Crete presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the present day. Temporary exhibitions are also on display.