The fifth largest city of Greece, the capital of Crete, Heraklion, well blended ancient history and bustling modern city.Besides the world famous tourist attractions in the territory of Heraklion also has beaches for relaxing and lovely villages to visit. Pay attention to high Venetian walls surrounding the old town, which will help you get acquainted with the medieval past of the city and spend a few hours in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and be sure to visit the legendary ruins of the palace of Knossos. The original layout of the palace and the beautiful murals that adorn its walls, brilliantly convey the rhythm of life of luxury that reigned in the Minoan era. If you are tired of looking at the ruins, visit Acharnae, to explore the ruins of the summer palace and necropolis.
Visit the other great cities of Crete, such as Chania and Rethymnon, which boast buildings are examples of Venetian and Ottoman architecture. On the territory of these beautiful cities have lovely old centers and many interesting museums and churches. And of course, stay in Heraklion should include a hike to the magnificent beaches of the city.
A great way to explore the ruins of the palace of Knossos is a 5-hour tour led by a local guide. Throughout the tour you will see the ruins of the palace and learn all about Greek mythology and the Minoan culture. After becoming acquainted with the interior of the palace of Knossos you a guided tour of the city center of Heraklion, where will learn all about the capital of Crete. During his visit to the Palace of Knossos, you will see the rich and the royal treasury room and hear the legends of Greek folklore and folk myths main one of the most famous is the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. After a short break for lunch you can take a short trip to the air conditioned bus to the center of Heraklion, in order to admire the famous local attractions. During the city tour you will hear fascinating stories and learn all about the era of the Venetians, which influenced the architecture of Heraklion.
The price of this tour includes transfers to and from your hotel, more details about the tour can be found here .
Take a fascinating journey to the island of Spinalonga, which is a former colony of lepers. On the island still preserved houses and churches, which can be seen a strong Venetian influence. After a walking tour of the village you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mirabella, and after a delicious lunch and a barbecue. On the way back stop will be made in the charming tourist town of Agios Nikolaos for a short break, during which you will be able to walk around town or enjoy a cooling drink at one of the many coffee shop.
Details of a day trip to the island of Spinalonga, you can see here .
Learn how to cook classic Greek dishes such as moussaka, dolma and keftedakia for 5-hour private master class devoted to Greek cooking. Master Class will be held in the traditional family tavern, where an experienced chef will tell you all the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and share with you the secrets of Greek cuisine. At the end of the master class you enjoy personally cooked Greek dishes, accompanied by local wine. Before leaving, the boss will give you recipes cooked meals, so that you were able to cook Greek dishes at home.
Details of the master class can be seen here .
Read more about holiday in Heraklion in the article “All about the capital of Crete.”