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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“One of the most important museums in Europe. Here you can see the evidence of the Minoan civilisation like jewellery, pottery and frescoes. All the collections are original. The most significant exhibits are the golden bees jewellery, the Faistos disc, the godness of snakes and the lily Prince frescoe. The most ancient exhibits date back to 7000 BC and the historical presentation is completed with the Roman exhibits dated around 100AD. Check out the Facebook page and the website to be informed about the events! ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Aquarium
“One of the most important aquariums in eastern Europe. Here you can see sharks, jellyfish and the "clown" fish! Don't forget to check out the family and kids activities! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The most important center of Minoan civilization, Knossos, is built on the hill of Kefalas, surrounded by olives, vineyards and cypresses, is located 5 km south of Heraklion and covers an area of about 15 sq. Km. The selection of the area was based on its strategic location and its natural advantages. It is located between the two rivers Vlihia and Kirata (today Katsambas), with easy access to the sea, but also to the interior of Crete. According to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos and the capital of his state. Knossos was an important city in antiquity, with a continuous life from the Neolithic to the 5th century AD. century and there was built the first important Minoan palace of Crete. This is the most important example of the Minoan civilization, which lived in its prime from 1700 to 1450 BC. The area of the palace of Knossos is connected with fascinating myths, such as the Labyrinth with Minotaur and Daedalus with Icarus. Even in later periods it plays an important role and develops particularly, as in the Hellenistic era.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Golf Course
“The Crete Golf Club is located east of Heraklion, the capital city of Crete and in close distance to Chersonisos, one of the most important seaside resorts in Greece. The location of the Crete Golf Club in the valley of the river Aposelemis is on the diachronically main road connecting the, Ancient and Byzantine, city of Chersonisos on the north coast of Crete with the hinterland of the island, prominent settlements (like the ancient city Lyttos), and fertile areas in Kastelli plain and Lassithi Plateau. It is important to underline the dynamics of landscape imprinted in significant monuments in the region, namely Ancient, Byzantine and Modern ones.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
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“23 mins - Central Heraklion - unique variety of organic dishes, fabulously prepared and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The museum presents the natural environment of East Mediterranean and especially of Crete. A lot of exhibits are interactive and there are many activities for children and families. Some of the museum's highlights are the "living museum" the collections with alive animals like iguanas and the impressive and educational earthquake simulator. Nice educational gifts can be found at the museum shop! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
City
“The fortress of Koule was built around 1500. Initally it was used as a fortress in order to identify and deter the pirates and later as a prison. It was part of a larger complex of buildings, the remainings can be seen opposite the fortress. It is a remarkable historical building because it is one of the last remaining fortressses built into the sea in Europe. Here you can see cannons and shipwrick findings. You will find the locals walking down the jetty throughout the year. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Cave
“In the village of Melidoni you will find the Melidoni Caves, where there is a number of very impressive stalactites and stalagmites. In 1823 the Ottoman army besieged the caves where approximately 370 inhabitants, mainly women and children, were hiding. Under the orders of Hussein Bay, the entrance was jammed with flammable materials and set on fire. After the Turks left, the bones were collected and placed in an ossuary which now stands in the middle of the central chamber. If you decide to visit the Caves, please wear sturdy shoes, as the ground may be slippery and we suggest you take a torch to enter the chambers.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Water Park
“A day full of fun, water, plits-plats entertainment for the whole family. 10 minutes away!!! ”
  • 28 locals recommend
History Museum
“Historical Museum of Crete, on Sofokli Venizelou, facing the sea, is dedicated to bringing 2,000 years of history to life. The museum was founded in 1952 in a handsome turn of the 20th Century townhouse. It houses important examples of early Christian artifacts, stonework and decorative objects of Roman, Arab, Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish origin. There is a panoramic wooden model of mediaeval Heraklion, or Candia as it was called by the Venetians (after its Arabic name El Khandak) in one room, beautifully detailed, with push-button spotlights picking out the locations of many important sites of worship, defense and government. Some of these buildings are still standing, some are still in use, and the Venetian roads continue to give Heraklion its shape. The museum offers a genuine learning experience to visitors. You will read about and see evidence of the siege of the city that lasted 21 years (1648-1669) and ended with its capture by Ottoman Turks and the start of a desperate epoch. Almost constant insurrection and strife for 250 years followed until final unification with Greece. More recent exhibits are concerned with the 20th Century, and the 1913 unification is dealt with, under the leadership of Eleftherios Venizelos. Other rooms offer evidence of the island''s most recent warfare and the 10-day Battle of Crete in 1941 is powerfully evoked. Another room, a reconstructed library, dedicated to Crete''s most famous writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, who captured for a moment the soul of Crete. The restaurants outside the museum offer shade and fine foods.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“The water park is split in to two section connected to each other. The one section is for adults and includes a large number of extreme slides with high adrenaline and the other section for children. 25 minutes away from Prassas”
  • 14 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Mount Ida, also known as Psiloritis Mountain, at 2,456 m, is the highest mountain on Crete. Located in the Rethymno regional unit, it was sacred to the Greek Titaness Rhea, and on its slopes lies one of the caves, Idaion Antron, in which, according to legend, Zeus was born. Its summit (Timios Stavros) has the highest topographic prominence in Greece.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cave
“Idaho Andro Cave is located on the eastern ridges of Psiloritis, on the plateau of Nida. The cave is 24 km away from Anogia Mylopotamos and 78 km from Rethymno. It does not have a special cave-like value, but it has an enormous archaeological and cultural value, as it was the cave that, according to myth, grew the greatest god of antiquity, Zeus. Today Idaho Andros receives thousands of tourists from all over Crete every year, especially during the summer months. It is situated at an altitude of 1538 m and its large entrance is placed on the area rupture, while parallel surfaces of the cave appear inside the cave. At the entrance of the cave, which is slightly downhill with a large room afterwards, but also inside, there are folds of "squat limestone". Geologically, the cave is not particularly impressive since it is devoid of decorative and great development, although near the entrance there are three imposing stalactites. It is a cave of 800sqm which has a large central hall and a 22m long sidewalk. It is divided into three chambers and the sanctuary. The access to the chambers takes place on a slope, while some areas of a small gothic decoration are observed. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“A park where local farmers sell they products every Saturday if it is not raining. It is a space full of trees where you can drink your coffee under the old oats.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 4
“Phaestus (Phestos or Faistos) was a Minoan city on Crete, the ruins of which are located 55km south of Heraklion. The city was already inhabited since 6000BC and prospered concurrently with the city of Knossos, till the 1st century BC. Phaestus is famous for its Minoan palace, which is a visitable archaeological site and receives thousands of visitors every year. The palace of Phaestus was built on a low hill in the plain of Messara, with panoramic views to the surrounding area. It is the second largest after Knossos and occupies an area of ​​18 acres. The palace of Phaestus was built in about 2000BC, according to the legend, by Minos. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“It is the high street of the city which locates the most famous clothing shops of the city”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cretan Restaurant
“23 mins - Central Heraklion - unique variety of organic dishes, fabulously prepared and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Fish Taverna
“f you have an appetite for fish this is the place to go. Best quality of seafood on the seaside next to Kules castle. First choice for locals for over 20 years. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“fresh, great tastes, greek hospitality, big plates, lovely view of the Venetian port and Koule castle”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best salads and meat in Heraklion. Don't forget to taste the dessert. New restaurant in 30 Agios Tito’s in the city center.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good traditional food in beautiful environment, child friendly with playground for children. A living crocodile to see.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great authentic Cretan cuisine and in very reasonable price! If you want to eat as a local that's the place you are looking for!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Mare Coffee Bar offers one of the best sea views in Heraklion. Enjoy your drink viewing the wonderful colorful sunset.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“The busiest place of Hersonissos with top 40 music, pretty spacious and always the most funky faces of the city”
  • 4 locals recommend

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