Boasting of golden forts, crescent beaches and a lively atmosphere, the fifth largest city of Greece, Heraklion, is slowly becoming popular amongst tourists. Located on the island of Crete, this city plays an important role is not only tourism, but also in trade and communication. While its history goes back to the 9th century, its museum holds a history which goes almost 3,000 years back! Most of the key tourist spots are in the Old City, which can best be explored on foot. Other than museums, churches and galleries, the city flaunts its age-old forts and castles.
The best time to visit Heraklion is during the summers. Since the temperatures aren’t extreme, beach activities and sightseeing can be enjoyed best during this time. However, this also serves as the peak season for Heraklion Tourism. So, if you are travelling with children, or with a large group and want to look for something that’ll suit your budget, the best time to plan a trip here would be during spring or autumn.
The city is well connected to the mainland, as well as to some important foreign countries. Being a major port, you will find the bay busy all year round. Even while traversing the city, you will find regular buses and taxis available.
Accommodation options in Heraklion are in abundance. Opt for one that suits you best, and worry not, as all of them offer you a number of amenities that’ll make your holiday memorable to say the least! If you want to be able to explore the city on foot, it would be best to opt for a hotel that is centrally located. While deciding on what to include in your itinerary, don’t miss out on The Palace of Knossos, The Saint Minas Cathedral and The Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Also include some adventure activities, as well as some leisure time to enjoy the beach.
Essential travel information and Heraklion tips for your visit
- Time zone: Eastern European Time Zone, UTC+02:00
- Currency: Euro
- Electricity and Internet: 220 - 240V
- Languages: English, Itlakian
- Tipping: Tipping is not expected in most places like restaurants, taxis and more, but is definitely appreciated.
- Off-beaten path: Apart from the glorious beaches and the art and architecture that makes this city so alluring, you will find shopping to be an exceptionally interesting experience.
- Security: Police- 100, Tourist Police- 171, Fire Brigade- 199
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