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Standing between the mountains of Psiloritis and Lassithi, Heraklio is a city with many names. Strabo refers to a Minoan harbour named “Heraklion”; in the Byzantine period, the settlement became known as “Kastro”, while after the Arab conquest, a moat (Khandak in Arabic) was built around the city, from which the name “Chandax” derived in the Byzantine period, to be transliterated into “Candia” during Venetian rule.
Olympic Air operates daily direct flights from Athens to Heraklio. Recently 2 new seasonal routes were added to our network from/ to Heraklio from / to Santorini. Learn more about the relevant flights and book your tickets to Heraklio!