Crete is the largest island in Greece, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the 88th largest island in the world. Crete was the centre of Europe’s first advanced civilization, the Minoan. From King Minos to Nikos Kazantzakis, Crete has been the homeland to many important worlwide known personas.
Everyone visiting the island can admire monuments from the Minoan Empire, Italian Empire, Byzantine Empire, the Arab rule, the Venetian rule and the Second World War. Furthermore, the island has to offer some of the most breathtaking beaches in Greece.
Being divided in four smaller regions (Heraklion, Lasithi, Rethimno and Chania), Crete becomes a unique combination of modern and traditional lifestyle during day and night.
Heraklion is the capital of the island and the largest city. The city has lived through some of the most important historical periods. More specifically, Heraklion was the place where Minoan civilization rised and conquered, it was the homeland of one of the most common writers around the globe, Nikos Kazantzakis and many more historical and spiritual figures. Strolling around the city you can easily witness the influence of all the important periods the city has lived. Many fountains, monuments and museums are there to help you explore Heraklion’ history.
One of the most outstanding monuments of the city are the fortification walls. The first walls were built by the Arabs and was then reinforced by the Venetians who conquered the city during the 15th century. Also, in the heart of the city can be found many monuments from the Middle Ages, a period in which Heraklion rised. Moreover, just five kilometers outside Heraklion lies Knossos, which was the center of the Minoan civilization. In Knossos can be found the remainings of the Palace of king Minos.
Apart from its history, Heraklion has to offer a great lifestyle which combines the Cretan culture with modern city life. In Heraklion, you can enjoy your coffee at the beach, or in the city center, go on an adventure to discover the Minoan civilization, or go grab a bite to one of the local taverns, eat in a luxury restaurant, or enjoy yourself dancing in the city’s nightclubs.
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