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Heraklion is the largest city and capital of the Greek island of Crete, as well as one of the largest Greek cities. During antiquity the island was known as Knossis, and the ruins of the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos can still be seen today. The settlement of Heraklion was founded by the Saracens, and over its history has been ruled by the likes of the Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans. Take a walk through the city streets and you will no doubt be amazed at how both the old and new coexist together to offer a unique destination. Finding your ideal hotel in Heraklion can be a long and difficult task, but with the help of, you can book the hotel best suited to your expectations with the aid of user-submitted reviews, hotel room and facilities photo galleries, and our helpful interactive map for finding all of the local attractions.

What's Heraklion Like?

Heraklion is a city full of rich history and culture, so spend an afternoon exploring the city streets and you will quickly appreciate all the sights and sounds. One of the most important and impressive attractions is the Heraklion Archaeological Museum which includes Bronze Age artifacts and various exhibits from antiquity. The ancient ruins of The Palace of Knossos will excite almost anyone, and you can take a walk through its labyrinth like corridors and experience a sense of ancient Greek culture. Skotino Cave offers a unique opportunity to experience a former holy site, and the interior is kept at a constant 50º Fahrenheit. If you are itching to spend some money, shoppers will be delighted to know that Heraklion has many specialty stores and open markets, such as The Herb and Spice Market.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Heraklion

The city experiences a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which results in dry, hot summers with pleasant sea breezes. The summer months of June to August often have temperatures which can reach an average of 82° Fahrenheit during the afternoon, but temperatures exceeding 105° Fahrenheit are not uncommon. The local language is Greek, although thanks to Crete's tourist appeal you should be able to get by speaking English. Heraklion is a city best explored on foot, so be sure to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes, zip up your valuables, and dress accordingly to keep cool; shorts and t-shirt are fine, but bikinis and swimwear should be confined to the beach areas. You can take a ferry service across the island or to the mainland, where you can reach destinations such as Piraeus, Rethimno, and Chania.