The capital of Crete combines a wonderfully rich heritage with a stunning setting, making holidays to Heraklion ideal for visitors of all ages. Explore the island’s past or laze around on the beach, as holidays to Heraklion from Manchester are primed for both cultural enjoyment and relaxation.
Crete’s history stretches back thousands of years, so compare holidays to Heraklion and uncover the mystique of the island’s storied past. Surround yourself in the beauty of the Aegean and sample the delights of the local cuisine. Heraklion is a quintessential Greek island destination.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and the rich historical tapestry that forms its backdrop is fully representative of this. The revered Minoan civilisation flourished from the fourth millennium BC, and just a short distance from Heraklion lies ancient Knossos where it originated. The Palace of Knossos is one of the most significant ancient sites in Europe, well known for its myth of the Labyrinth and Minotaur, in addition to Icarus and Daedalus.
There is a superb array of museums that tell the story of Crete’s past, including the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete and the Natural History Museum of Crete; all of which are well worth a visit.
The island also counts Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman rule as part of its history, and there are landmarks attesting to this to be found in Heraklion. The Venetian walls - originally built by the Byzantines - are a great example of this, extending some three miles and protecting the old town, while the Venetian castle, Koules, is a wonderful feature of Heraklion’s harbour.
Whether you wish to fully explore the bygone days of the area, relax on the beach, take a horseback ride along the sands or splash around at the Water City and Aqua Plus parks, before settling down to a dinner of fresh seafood and local delicacies such as bougátsa; holidays to Heraklion are certain to be rewarding on as many levels as you desire.