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Heraklion Prefecture

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Ruins · Beaches · History Museums
Situated at the center of Crete, Heraklion prefecture remains best known for its eponymous capital city, the birthplace of artists El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. A crowded tourist mecca, the vibrant city serves as the starting point for day trips to the prefecture's main attraction, an ancient complex of Minoan palaces. This important archaeological site contains traces of Europe's oldest city, from which the mythical King Minos allegedly ruled the region. Venture farther away from the prefecture's big city and popular northern resorts to discover a less-trodden landscape of tiny villages, fertile green plains, and low mountain ranges. Add Heraklion Prefecture and other Greece destinations to your travel plans using our Greece travel planner.
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Popular things to do in Heraklion Prefecture

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The Natural History Museum of Crete ©
World heritage site
The Natural History Museum of Crete Heraklion
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historical Museum of Crete ©
History Museum
Historical Museum of Crete Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
History Museum
Heraklion Archaeological Museum Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos ©
Aquarium
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos Gournes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Heraklion Prefecture

Kazantzakis Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kazantzakis Museum Myrtia
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Snail Farm and Fun ©
Farm
Snail Farm and Fun Tylissos
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours Heraklion
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Thalasso by Aegeo Spas ©
Thermal Spa
Thalasso by Aegeo Spas Heraklion
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Heraklion Prefecture

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Stalis Beach ©
Beach
Stalis Beach Stalis
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Matala beach ©
Beach
Matala beach Matala
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Kalamaki Beach ©
Beach
Kalamaki Beach Kalamaki
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Ammoudara Beach ©
Beach
Ammoudara Beach Heraklion
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Heraklion Prefecture

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Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs Kouses
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
DA pottery workshop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
DA pottery workshop Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Terra mia ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Terra mia Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nerium Oleander ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Nerium Oleander Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Go Xplore Tours ©
Off-Road Tour
Go Xplore Tours Hersonissos
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Experts Private Tours ©
Food Tour
Tour Experts Private Tours Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum Hersonissos
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis ©
Lesson / Workshop
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis Anopolis
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min