Cheap flights to Crete Heraklion
Heraklion is located in the central northern part of the island of Crete; it is the largest city on the island and is famous for the Minoan Palace of Knossos. The Palace is located in the south of the city and is predicted to have been built around 7,000BC, Greek myth states that it was home to the legendary Minotaur, at the centre of a diabolical Labyrinth. Other historic sites include Minas Cathedral and the Venetian Walls surrounding much of the city, reminiscent of ancient wartime defences.
For those looking for a bit of adventure there is plenty to do, there are two water parks in the city, rock climbing on the 50 foot rock at the suburb of Karteros, east of Heraklion, and horse riding along the majestic coast. Get closer to the sealife at the biggest aquarium in the Eastern Mediterranean, CretAquarium Thalassocosmos, which is only around nine miles east of Heraklion itself. Alternatively, simply kick back and relax on one of the many beaches.
Catch an outdoor concert at the Nikos Kazantzakis Theatre or the Basilica San Marco. Classical, Greek and Cretan music performances take place throughout September weekends in Heraklion's Summer Cultural Festival. nowheraklion.com/festival.html
Stroll through the busy, colourful street market on 1866 Street and soak up the atmosphere. Good buys here include olive oil, cheeses, honey and herbs, some with fancy packaging, making them great souvenirs. Also on offer are Cretan headscarves, jewellery, clothes and more.
Explore the ancient ruins of the Minoan palace of Phaestos, then cool off at the sandy beach cove of Matala nearby, famed for its magnificent cave-pocketed cliffs, which were home to hippies in the 1960s. Buses run daily from Heraklion bus station.
Escape to the beautiful mountain village of Anogia, home of handicrafts, culture and music. The Yakintha Music Festival (yakinthia.com) takes place over the last weekend in July in Anogia village. Take the bus from Heraklion bus station (one hour) or hire a car and stop off at the amazing Zoniana caves en route.