Holidays to Heraklion
Discovering legendary history, feasting on the local food, and lazing on the surrounding beaches, drenched in Greek sun: days in Heraklion sound like bliss. The big sights, like the striking Palace of Knossos, are on any history buff's bucket list. Stroll past boats on the waterfront, and enjoy a meal looking out over one of the city's squares. Come nightfall, the entertainment scene in the Cretan capital - and its noisy neighbour Malia - ignites.
A string of golden beaches in a resort area east of Heraklion, there's beach bars, sports, and good swimming on offer.
Crystal clear water laps over sand and shingle under the baking Mediterranean sun: this is prime sunbathing real estate.
Agios Titos church
Towering over the central square of the same name, the elaborate church is the resting place of the skull of St Titus.
Cathedral of St Minas
Ornate iconography fills the interior of this centrally located Orthodox cathedral. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Visit a winery
The roots of Crete's vineyards go deep - all the way back to around 2000BC. Local wineries offer tours and tasting.
One of the largest caves on Crete and in ancient times sacred to the goddess Artemis. A quiet spot off the beaten track.
A local take on the classic Greek salad, flavours are enhanced by the addition of peppers, mizithra cheese and rusk.
Soft, cheesy pastries are Cretan tradition, originally served on holidays but so popular they're now offered year-round.
Paleteia Eleftheria Lions Square
The bars and cafes around these central areas kick off the night as a meeting place for groups heading to the harbour.
Heraklion's favourite rock bar is the place for drinking and dancing. There's even a homage to Picasso's painting.
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