Heraklion Ferry Tickets
The Heraklion prefecture, the cradle of the Minoan civilization, hosts the most important archaeological treasures of Crete. It used to be the center of the Minoan civilization, and the biggest and most impressive palaces of the Ancient World were constructed in Knossos, Phaistos and Malia.
The area went through periods not only of great prosperity but also of decay. In the course of history Crete and the area of Heraklion was the apple of discord for a lot of conquerors.Still, the Cretan people kept their very special culture and maintained every element of their cultural inheritance.
It is a city where the visitor travels into the past. Starting from the Venetian port and the fortress Koules, continuing towards the walls of the city, in order to enjoy the view, and ending up to the squares and the pedestrian areas, which pulse with life and offer countless options for food and entertainment.
From the Freedom Square, walking through the pedestrian area of Daidalou Street, lined with shops and offices (for the fans of shopping). Besides all this, Heraklion hosts marvelous museums and one of the biggest aquariums in Europe, the CRETAquarium, the “aquatic ark” of the Mediterranean.
Except from its glorious history, Heraklion could be praised for its incredible beauties. Its wonderful beaches, the contrast of the various landscapes as well as the endless areas of cultivated land constitute the natural greatness of this land.
The tourist infrastructure of Heraklion is enviable. In the seaside resorts of the prefecture big hotels operate, offering high standard services. Heraklion has it all. Get to know it!
How to get to Heraklion
Heraklion is the largest city and port of Crete as well as the seat of the Municipality of Heraklion. The Heraklion prefecture lies between the prefectures of Chania and Rethymno. The Municipality of Heraklion is the 4th largest city in Greece with a population of 173.993 inhabitants.
The Heraklion prefecture is the most densely populated in Crete and it also has the largest economic development in the area, due to its special climate conditions which favour agriculture, and as a result the Heraklion prefecture has the highest yields in this sector and also the tourist exploitation of the natural beauties and the archaeological sites of the area.
The combination of all this contributed to the rapid development of the city and of the resorts. Thus, nowadays Heraklion is one of the most popular tourist destinations all over the world.
From Piraeus port
By regular boat: Daily dipartures (aproximately 9 hours)
From Rafina port
By regular boat: Daily dipartures (aproximately 12 hours)
From Mykonos port
By speedboat: Daily dipartures (approximately 6 hous)
By regular boat: Daily dipartures (aproximately 7 hours)
From Santorini port
By speedboat: Daily dipartures (approximately 2 hous)
By regular boat: Daily dipartures (aproximately 3 hours)
There is a frequent connection
With the islands: Syros, Tinos, Andros, Paros, Naxos, Koufonisia, Ios, Mylos
With the islands with the islands of Dodecanese: Rhodes, Kasos, Karpathos, Halki
- Nea Alikarnassos
- Agia Pelagia
- City of Heraklion
- Kokkini Hani
- Kali Limenes
- Cape of Lentas
- Ano Vianos
- Knossos Palace
- Phaistos Palace
- Natural History Museum of Crete
- Rouvas Forest
- Aquarium of Crete (Cretaquarium)
- Nikos Kazatzakis Museum
- The Fortress “Rocca Al Mare” (Koules)
- Local Products
Municipality of Heraklion: +30 2810 399399
Venizeleio General Hospital: +30 2810 368000 +030 2810 368029
Police station: +30 2810 282243
Tourist Police: +30 2810 283190
Port Authorities: +30 2810 244912
N. Kazantzakis Airport: +30 2810 228402
Buses Heraklion-Lasithi: +30 2810 245019
Buses Chania- Rethymno: +30 2810 221765
Archaeological Site of Knossos: +30 2810 231940
Archaeological Museum of Iraklion: +30 2810 226092
History Museum of Crete: +30 2810 283219
Municipal Gallery: +30 2810 399228