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.
Music and theatrical performances take place from July to September during Heraklion's summer Cultural Festival. Catch an outdoor concert in central Eleftherias Square or a play at the Kazantzakis outdoor theatre. Full programme from main tourist office (1 Xanthoudidou Street).
Visit the CretAquarium Thalassokosmos, the country's biggest aquarium based at the Former American Base in Gournes. It offers sixty tanks, which contain 2,000 sea animals of 200 different species, perfectly reflecting the Mediterranean basin. Multimedia screens give ample information of the sea world while there are also guided tours to select from. www.cretaquarium.gr
Don't miss the stunning Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which has recently fully re-opened after many years undergoing extensive renovations. The world-class collection includes a large Minoan section with unearthed artefacts from the nearby Palace of Knossos and other Creten sites. Open daily 8am to 8pm (2 Xanthoudidou Street).
Away from the city's bustling atmosphere, Arhanes is a traditional settlement with carefully refurbished public and private buildings. Stroll along its colourful alleys, learn about its significant history or simply mingle with the locals. For a panoramic view of the surrounding area, head towards the mountain top of Giouktas which is just above Arhanes.