"Heraklion (or Iraklio)" Heraklion by AcornMan

Heraklion Travel Guide: 302 reviews and 857 photos

Herklion serves as a common arrival and departure point for visitors to Crete via ferry or airplane. It is best known for its archeological museum and the nearby ruins of Knossos. Sadly, aside from those two features and the Venetian fortress guarding the old harbor it has virtually nothing to offer. The waterfront is a busy, crowded, and congested place hemmed in by heavy traffic and the general ugliness of the city, making it hardly worth your while to go there. If you want to see a Venetian fortress there are much better examples in Rethymnon and Frangokastello anyway. I was put off by Heraklion's run down appearance, its congestion, and its overall lack of a pleasant atmosphere.

To make matters worse, reasonably priced accommodations are almost non-existent here, and even food costs more than in many other parts of Crete. If you can avoid going to Heraklion altogether, do. If you must go for some reason, see the archeological museum and Knossos and get out of town as fast as possible, because there are far nicer places on Crete than this.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good archeological museum; Close to Knossos.
  • Cons:Ugly, crowded, dirty, expensive.
  • In a nutshell:See the museum and Knossos and then GET OUT OF TOWN!!
  • Last visit to Heraklion: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 25, 2005
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 7:40 AM

    Admire your straightforward narratives. Your photographs still seem enticing. Great write-up on the hotel.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2005 at 8:07 AM

    Hmmm, I found Heraklion being nicer than expected...


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