Eleftherios Venizelos square (Platia Eleftheriou Venizelou), the Lion’s square as the locals call it, is the city’s traditional centre. You could spend all day here. Around this square you’ll find all the shopping streets of the town. There are many restaurants, taverns, cafés and bars offering Cretan specialities.
The eastern part of Heraklion has some major resorts near the sea like Hersonissos, some major archaeological sites like Malia, and many important Byzantine churches. Situated only 5 kilometres south from the centre of Heraklion is Knossos, the largest and the most brilliant centre of Minoan civilization. Hersonissos, only an hour from the centre of Heraklion, is the night-life paradise of Crete. There are hundreds of bars, big hotels and nice restaurants. There are also nice beaches, especially “limanakia”, a number of very small bays. Ideal for sea, sun and fun lovers.
Great beaches, intensive night life, warm people, great cuisine and the strange “game” between the old and the new are promising unforgettable holidays on the island.
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