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The Best Things to Do in Heraklion Prefecture

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Heraklion Prefecture

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Ruins · Beaches · History Museums

Popular things to do in Heraklion Prefecture

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Ruin
The Palace of Knossos Knosos
3.1
Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Heraklion Archaeological Museum Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Aquarium
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos Gournes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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.

Kid-friendly things to do in Heraklion Prefecture

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Beach
Matala beach Matala
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Water Park
Star Beach Hersonissos
3.8
Duration: 8 hours
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World heritage site
The Natural History Museum of Crete Heraklion
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum Hersonissos
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Heraklion Prefecture

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Castle
Castello del Molo (Koules) Heraklion
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Ruin
Malia Palace Archaeological Site Malia
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Church of Saint Titus Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Ruin
Palace of Faistos Sivas
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Heraklion Prefecture

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Farm
Snail Farm and Fun Tylissos
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Winery Stilianou Kounavi
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Kazantzakis Museum Myrtia
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Winery / Vineyard
Lyrarakis Winery Heraklion
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Heraklion Prefecture

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Beach
Stalis Beach Stalis
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) Matala
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Agia Pelagia Beach Agia Pelagia
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Ligaria Beach Agia Pelagia
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Heraklion Prefecture

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Luxurious Furs Hersonissos
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs Kouses
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Goods of the Ground Matala
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Terra mia Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Off-Road Tour
Go Xplore Tours Hersonissos
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Food Tour
Tour Experts Private Tours Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum Hersonissos
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lesson / Workshop
The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis Anopolis
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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