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At a distance of 5 km from Heraklion, Knossos is the Minoan civilization’s most important monument. This labyrinthine palace of king Minos -covering 20,000 sq.m- was built around 2000 BC., and was uncovered by British archaeologist Arthur Evans. The luxurious appointment of its rooms and modern amenities will astound you.
Opening hours: 08:30-20:00
Admission: adults 6 euro, reduced 3 euro. Integrated ticket (valid for the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion): adults around 10 euro, reduced 5 euro

Archaeological site of Knossos,T:+30 2810231940, +30 2810226470, +30 2810226092, +30 2810224630


The second major Minoan city, offers the visitor its royal apartments, warehouses and massive water tanks. The archaeological site includes the Royal Villa of the Holy Trinity, and nearby, the summer palace of the former king of Greece.
Opening hours 08:30-20:00
Admission: adults 4 euro, reduced 2 euro. Integrated ticket (valid for the Basilica of Aghia Triada): adults 6 euro, reduced 3 euro

Archaelogical site of Festos, T:+30 2892042315


Fifteen minutes from the centre of Heraklion reveal a modern example of the appropriate management of a country’s cultural heritage. Archanes is a picturesque town at the foot of the mountain Giouchtas, built on the spot of ancient Minoan settlements dating from 6000 BC. With the help of monument renovation programs, it has been transformed into a remarkable model village.


The ruins of the ancient city of Gortyna spread on an area starting from the hill of Ai Giannis, Volakas and Profitis Ilias, to Agios Dekas to the East. It was settled in Neolithic times, and prospered during the Hellenistic and Byzantine periods, as attested by the impressive public building ruins.
Opening Hours: 08:00-15:00
Admission: adults 4 euro, reduced 2 euro

Archaeological site of Gortyna, T:+30 2892031144


Many outstanding local products must be purchased in Heraklio, since the city’s market is Crete’s best stocked. The municipal market extends from Meidani to Kornarou Square and is a landmark unto itself: inside its stores, hidden “treasures” such as the Venetian arches in Koudouma coffee shop or the 16th century church, await you. Seek out olive oil, raisins, local cheeses, tsikoudia liqueur, herbs and local bananas. Visit the adjacent noisy fish market.