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.
Take a walk at the promenade which leads to the Koules Venetian fortress at the entrance of the Venetian port. This impressive monument is considered to be the symbol of Heraklion and provides a theatrical setting for your evening stroll.
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
Go trekking at Zakros gorge, a 2.5 kilometres long route where you can admire the island's natural landscape. Beginning south east of the village of Zakros, it goes through the gorge and ends up next to the Minoan palace at Kato Zakros.
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