First on our list is the impressive Venetian Fortress
named Koules. It was built in the 16th century by the Venetians. You can visit Koules fortress every day except
Monday from 08:30 am until 19:00 pm. Should you choose to visit the Fortress by car the best parking area to park
your car is at the Marina of Heraklion which is located in the Venetian harbor and is only a few minutes walk to
the fortress or the city Centre.
Heraklion old town.
The old town is surrounded by massive walls from the
Venetian era. Inside, you can find pedestrian-only streets filled with beautiful churches, such as Agios Titos,
aristocratic buildings and lots of shops for any need. It is located only 5km from Heraklion Airport and offers
many parking areas in order to park your car and explore the town.
Knossos Archaeological site.
The palace of Knossos is Crete’s biggest
archaeological site and the birth place of Minoan civilization. Knossos palace is located 5km southeast of
Heraklion. The site opening hours are 1st April until 31st August: 08:00-20:00 and 1st of September until 30th
September 08:00-18:00, 1st October to 31st March 08:00-17:00. There is a large parking are to park your car.
Tickets can be purchased from the entrance. It takes about 3 hours to walk around the site.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The archaeological museum is one of the
largest museums in Greece. It is located on the north side of the Eleftheria Square which is in the centre of the
city. The collections displayed are the most important finds of the Minoan civilization. It is open every day
from 08:00am until 19:30pm on Mondays the opening is at 12:00pm. You can park around the museum on the south
side of the square.
Thirathen Museum of Greek folk music
There is a wide collection of traditional musical instruments displayed.
Located just 15km from Heraklion at the village Krousonas, accommodated in a recently
renovated traditional house where you will have the chance to experience the ultimate
combination of original Cretan vibes and Greek traditional music. During an interactive
tour the visitor can witness all the different types of Greek music instruments and get a
better understanding on how instruments are played and combined. More information about
opening hours and ticket prices can be found at the website of the museum.