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Heraklion

Town 2The city has a population of 120000 and is the fifth largest in Greece. Heraklion in ancient times served as a port of Knossos but it is only in the 9th century AD that it appears as a town founded by the Saracens.

Heraklion became the slave trade centre in the Mediterranean, to be soon after taken over by the Venetians who built immense fortification walls called it Kandax which was later paraphrased to become Candia.

During the four centuries of the Venetian occupation of Crete, many buildings were erected that are excellent examples of Venetian

Architecture of that time, and many of them exist today. The Basilica di San Marco and the Loggia are two such specimens, while the Morozini fountain with its four lions has even given its name in the central spot of the town.

Heraklion is very privileged today, to have in its suburb list, famous names like Knossos, and the most prominent city of the Minoan era. Linked directly with Knossos, is the Iraklion Archaeological Museum housing most findings not only from Knossos but other Minoan Palaces like Phaestos in the south, Malia on the east and Zakros at the extreme east of Crete.

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  1. Grapevine View Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Heraklion Town

    Grapevine View Villa New!

    in Heraklion, Heraklion Town, from 256 / night

    Cretan Vineyard Hill Villa is an impressive 5-bedroom maisonette style villa with private pool surrounded by a twenty acres organic vineyard in Kato Kalesia village. The nearest sandy beach of Ammoudara can be found within a 10-minutes drive and mini markets at 500 meters. Heraklion city lies 8 km east and the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos is only 9 km away.  More...

  2. Castello City Hotel in Crete, Heraklion, Heraklion Town

    Castello City Hotel

    in Heraklion, Heraklion Town, from 63 / night

    Castello City Hotel is a unique hotel perfectly located by the ancient Pantokrator Gate, and only a few minutes away from the beautiful waterfront of Heraklion. Guests have the opportunity to admire the mind-blowing views overlooking the  sea as well as the Venetian fortification walls of the old city.  More...

  3. Lato Boutique Hotel in Crete, Heraklion, Heraklion Town

    Lato Boutique Hotel

    in Heraklion, Heraklion Town, from 84 / night

    Lato Boutique Hotel is a 4-star hotel situated in an exquisite location, exactly across from the old harbour of Heraklion, offering spactacular panoramic views to the venetian fortress and the mediterranean sea, nearby from the famous archaeological and historical museums.  More...

  4. Villa Lygaria in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villa Lygaria

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 270 / night

    Villa Lygaria is a stone-built, 2-bedroom villa located in Lygaria village, just 20 km northwestern from the city of Heraklion. It is only 500 meters on foot from the sandy beach of Lygaria and offers magnificent sea views.  More...

  5. Classy Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Archanes

    Classy Villa

    in Heraklion, Archanes, from 117 / night

    Classy Villa is an amazing, traditionally designed 3-bedroom villa, ideally situated in the picturesque rural town of Archanes, 10 km of Heraklion Town and 13 km of the international airport. The fine sandy beach of Amnissos lies about 10 km far.  More...

  6. Villa Majesty in Crete, Heraklion, Episkopi Pediados

    Villa Majesty

    in Heraklion, Episkopi Pediados, from 285 / night

    Villa Majesty is an astonishing 5-bedroom luxury Villa of 380 sq m with a large private pool, set on a hill near Episkopi village with magnificent panoramic mountain and sea views. The nearest sandy beach is found within an 8-minute drive and Heraklion city is only 20 minutes away from the villa.  More...

  7. Beachfront Apartment in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Beachfront Apartment

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 135 / night

    The 2-bedroom Beachfront Apartment is located in front of the sandy beach of Lygaria, 22 km away from the town of Heraklion. The 2-bedroom apartment is placed in front of the lovely sandy beach and it has amazing sea views.  More...

  8. Beach Apartment in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Beach Apartment

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 140 / night

    The seafront 2-bedroom Beach Apartment lies in front of the sandy beach of Lygaria, 22 km away from the town of Heraklion and it offers lovely sea views.  More...

  9. CHC Athina Palace Hotel and Spa in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    CHC Athina Palace Hotel and Spa

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 104 / night

    CHC Athina Palace Resort & Spa is a 5-star hotel located on a small mountain, very close to the beauiful beach of Mades in Lygaria. The luxury hotel lies approximately 5 km away from the marvelous resort of Agia Pelagia and about 25 km west of Heraklion town.  More...

  10. Transfers Heraklion in Crete, Heraklion

    Transfers Heraklion

    in Crete, Heraklion, from 188 / night

    We can organise a transfer from Heraklion airport or port to your Villa or Hotel with a mini Van with an additional cost. We take care of transferring our quests from the airport to their destination and back in comfort and safety.  More...