Boasting a proud seafaring tradition as far back as 2000BC, attracting all manner of invaders over the centuries. Now, the only invaders are visitors drawn here for no fewer than four different (and fascinating) eras of history, a warm dry climate, and a city that knows its place in the world.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hour (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||4h 15|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 18.7°C (24 hour average)
Take a trip to the outskirts of modern Heraklion and marvel at the ruins at the palace of Knossos, which marked the ceremonial and political centre of the once mighty Minoan civilisation.
Must eat at:
Locals descend in their droves (always a good sign) to the Heraklion Sailing Club for seafood including a whole abundance of charcoaled fish and award-winning mussel risotto.
Must be there for:
Kalokerinou Street is the place to stand back and watch the annual St Minas Parade, when the townsfolk take to the street to celebrate the memory of their patron saint.
Horse lovers can find refuge at Karteros, about 4 miles out of town, where you can ride along the stunning beach, or take lessons locally.
Catch up with the further adventures of the Minoan civilisation at the comprehensive and professional Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which details the life, evolution and demise of this remarkable people.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Crete.
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