Heraklion Town Crete: Heraklion is the capital and largest town of Crete. It is the administrative, commercial, industrial and agricultural centre of the island with a population of 130.000 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in tourism, trade and agriculture.
The town lies close to Knossos Palace, one of the most interesting sightseeings and around the busy port. Over the last decades and after World war II Heraklion has experienced a spectacular development that has caused many problems like lack of parking, chaotic constructions and traffic jams.
The busy town has nothing in common with the beautiful and picturesque towns of Chania, Rethymno and Agios Nikolaos although there are still several well-preserved buildings and ancient remains that witess the town&'s glorious past.
Some of the best sightseeings in Heraklion is the Venetian fortress or Koules built at the entrance of the Venetian port. The Loggia is a remarkable two storey building and today it houses the Town Hall, it is really worth admiring. Several fountains adorn the squares of the town while travellers have the chance to make some nice shopping in the numerous local shops found at the centre. Today, Heraklion seems more like a big city and is home to one of the best Greek Universities. Moreover, it is the base of the well-esteemed Science and Technology Park.
Heraklion is the birthplace of many renowned spirits, among them is the novelist Nikos Kazantzakis, the great poet Odysseas Elytis and Dominikos Theotokopoulos, one of the most famous painters in the world.
Minoan Palace of Knossos | Koules Fortress | Tomb of Kazantzakis | Venetian Loggia | Archaeological Museum | Byzantine Collection | Historical Museum | Natural History Museum | Agia Ekaterini | Agios Minas | Agios Titos | El Greco Museum