The Venetian Walls at Heraklion are part of the old town.
The construction project started with the purpose of reinforcing the pre-existing Arabic and Byzantine fortifications but under the threat of a war, a total reconstruction started to seem necessary.
The construction works for the innovative fortification system of Heraklion began in 1462 and lasted more than 100 years. There were 9 gates, 7 bastions, and a ditch and the walls are about 7 kilometers long.
These days they are considered one of the most advanced and well-preserved defensive systems in the entire Mediterranean region, as they successfully protected the town during a siege that lasted 20 years.
Head straight into the heart of Heraklion on this guided walking tour. Wander its back streets, admire its monuments, sample a variety of local delicacies, and learn about the influences that have combined to make Heraklion the city it is today.