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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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World heritage site
The Natural History Museum of Crete Heraklion
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Historical Museum of Crete Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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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

Hidden gems in Heraklion Prefecture

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Specialty Museum
Kazantzakis Museum Myrtia
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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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
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Thermal Spa
Thalasso by Aegeo Spas Heraklion
4.5
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
Matala beach Matala
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Kalamaki Beach Kalamaki
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Ammoudara Beach Heraklion
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Heraklion Prefecture

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs Kouses
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
DA pottery workshop Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Terra mia Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Nerium Oleander Heraklion
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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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