Heraklion Old Town
Welcome to Heraklion
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the Mediterranean. It is full of beautiful places to discover. The wonderful medieval center of the city reminds us of a past full of history.
The city is also the commercial and technological center of the island. It offers a variety of museums, summer art festivals, historic sites, stunning nightlife and year-round events. Whatever the purpose of your visit, your stay in Heraklion will be unforgettable.
Heraklion development begun in the wake of the 9th century AD
About this activity
An incredible tour for everyone...
- Try a new type of experience, the perfect combination between touring, outdoor escape activities and absolute fun
- Get to know the history of the city and learn the customs of our place
- Find the real story behind Knossos Palace
- Explore Heraklion in a unique and unforgettable way
- Enjoy an interactive experience available in English and German
Coming to Heraklion for the first time, visitors today may be somewhat surprised by the changes taking place in the capital of Crete.
You can enjoy walking in one of the most historic and socially fascinating cities. Fantastic city overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on roads without noise and rush. There have been many changes in the city in recent years where they bring harmony. Between the traditionally warm, thoughtful people of Heraklion and the beautiful buildings that surround them. Also, the open public spaces and the ocean view. Many landmarks tell their story about the city and the island that gave birth to gods. Uprisings have taken place and a place that inspires all those who feel the spirit of Crete.
Heraklion lives today in the fast moving currents of the Renaissance. Nevertheless, he expresses a deep desire to maintain ties with the past. Both of these strands determine his character. Only in the last hundred years, we have seen huge changes, which can be easily overlooked, in buildings and streets that reflect the changing fortunes of Crete. The areas of the “old town”, founded since the medieval years. Νow offer visitors some fantastic walks in the heart of the city.
If you take a walk in Heraklion, start from the small port, close to the modern port. What you will see first is the Venetian fortress. The fortress was originally built by the Venetians and was named Rocca al Mare. He is now known by his Turkish name, Koules. For centuries it was used as protection against invaders, as well as the great walls and moats of the city. These are some of the largest city walls in Europe.
The fortress was also a prison for many Cretan guerrillas. Koules is built on two levels and offers a wonderful view of Heraklion from the walls. Today, the port itself hosts brightly colored fishing boats and lively taverns selling fresh fish.
Looking at the city you will see the strong arches that house boats under repair. They were used as arsenals for storing weapons and gunpowder. The biggest threat to the Venetian fortress of Heraklion was considered to have come from the city beach. In fact, many naval skirmishes took place on this coast. The view to the north overlooks the uninhabited island of Dia. Evidence from the ancient Minoan settlement (ca. 2700-1450 BC) was found by the diver, Jacques Cousteau.
The center of Minoan civilization and capital of Minoan Crete, Knossos, is located 5 km south of Heraklion. Knossos flourished for about two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive laboratory facilities, luxurious stone caves and tombs. As an important center of trade and economy, Knossos maintained ties with most of the cities of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Prepare for the activity
Meet your chauffeur / tour guide in the hotel lobby at the time of the appointment.
What to bring
- Charged Smartphone
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Comfortable shoes
Smoking in the vehicle
Know before you go
- In summer the tour is more pleasant when the weather is not so hot
- The tour takes place in any weather conditions. Passengers are adequately protected from the rain
- The shops are closed on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. As well as on Sunday all day
- Archaeological sites open at sunrise and close at sunset
- A full refund is available if you do not enjoy this tour
- The tour is available in English and German