Located between Rethymno and Lasithi, on the eastern side of Crete, Heraklion is the most popular region in Crete and also one of the most beautiful ones. What’s more, Heraklion region is where the capital of Crete, Heraklion Town, is located.

Even though Heraklion Town is bustling, its history is still reflected on the townscapes! Strolling around the picturesque town of Heraklion Crete, you’ll see a beautiful Venetian harbor, a fortress, several fountains, a busy shopping center, and many squares. You’ll also find many Heraklion hotels, restaurants, bars and taverns- basically whatever you need to be entertained during your holidays in Heraklion.

What’s more, Heraklion Crete is the perfect base for exploration, as it is close to two of the most important monuments in Crete: Knossos palace and Phaistos palace!

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Heraklion Greece is the most popular region of the island and is located on the eastern side of Crete, between Rethymno and Lassithi. The beautiful capital of Heraklion region, Heraklion Town, is one of the busiest city centers in Crete.

In Heraklion region, you’ll find two of the most important Crete monuments: Knossos Palace and Phaistos Palace. Being over 20,000 square meters big, the Minoan Palace of Knossos is the largest of all Minoan palatial structures. The remains of colorful murals, imposing red columns and the glorious throne room will make you feel transported into the Minoan Era.

The Minoan Palace of Phaistos is the second most important Minoan site, after Knossos. It is located on the east side of Kastri hill, boasting a beautiful natural setting and attracts history enthusiasts from all over the world!

Even though it has an often crowded city center, the capital of Heraklion, Heraklion Town, keeps its fairytale vibe. Strolling around Heraklion town, you’ll come across Koules fortress, at the Venetian port, Turkish and Venetian fountains, Venetian buildings, the Venetian Loggia and museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

If you aren’t a big fan of sightseeing, though, you should head to the beautiful Heraklion beaches! The northern and southern coasts of Heraklion region are fringed with some beautiful beaches, such as the former hippies' paradise, Matala beach, Tobrouk, and Amoudara. For those who want to spend their holidays in Crete by the beach, there are many Heraklion hotels close to many of the region’s beaches!

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