City Guide - Bus Stops

 1: Heraklion Port Station (Terminal)

The port of Heraklion: You can see the passengers' station for those who travel to Piraeus (the port of Athens), Santorini, Mykonos or other Greek islands. Many cruise ships arrive here also.
The bus station is very close to the port of Heraklion and you can take a bus to:
East Crete: Kokkini Hani, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia, or
West Crete: Rethymnon, Chania and other smaller towns on the north coast of Crete.

 

 

 

 

 2: Fitaki Megaron

The GDM Megaron is an exclusive five star hotel ideally located in the heart of business and shopping district overlooking the old harbor and within walking distance of the Archaelogical and Historical museums. The hotel's unique architecture and modern interior achieve a subtle blend of luxury and intimacy not easily forgotten.

Megaron hotel is a historical monument, status symbol for the locals, erected in 1920 and converted into a Luxury Hotel in 2003. Since 2003 Megaron Hotel has become a unique place for business and pleasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Agglon Square Koule

In the western pier of Heraklion harbour is esconced a formidable Venetian fortress with the today name Koules. During Venetian rule it was known as Ricca a mare or Castello a mare, meaning fort of the seas. The name that finally prevailed is "Koules" from the Turkish name "Su kulesi"but was built by the Venetians. In the first years of Venetian rule it served to protect the harbour and city which was of great strategic importance in the region. The initial edifice was low, got destroyed by earthquake in 1303 and repaired.
In the beginning of the 16th century within the framework of a general planning of the fortifications of the city the old fort was pulled down and a new one built in its place-this is what remains until today. It was built during the period 1523-1540 as per the inscription on the northern wall.
This fort is in the shape of a square. The structure of which consists of strong thick walls. The width of the three sides of the exterior walls at ground level are up to 8.70m thick and the other side 6.9m thick! The interior walls have different thicknesses at various points, ranging from 1.36m to 3.00m. The roof of the ground floor is vaulted where large air vents and light wells have been constructed leading up to the dome.

4: Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) in Heraklion, Crete is a natural history museum that operates under the auspices of the University of Crete. Its aim is the study, protection and promotion of the diverse flora and fauna of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
The museum is based in a restored industrial building that used to house an electricity power plant. 
In late December 2012, NHMC was awarded by the Academy of Athens with the Benaki award for "its diverse educational, research, writing and publishing work, its exemplary organization and its promotion of scientific research and training"

 

 

5: Culture Center

Every year the city of Heraklion, as well as numerous villages in the prefecture, organise cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals which attract a lot of people, locals and visitors alike. Participation is these events is a perfect opportunity for one to acquire a first hand experience of the jovial aspect of life on Crete.
The annual Festival of Herakleion held at the Manos Hadjidakis Theatre and the Nikos Kazantzakis Garden Theatre, offers one of the largest and most varied programmes, including theatrical performances, traditional music and dance events, opera, art exhibitions, lectures and symposia.

 

 

 

 

  6: The Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis

The Tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion Crete: Outside the walls of Heraklion, in the tower of Martinengo lies the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer whose books have been translated in many foreign languages.

Nikos Kazantzakis was born in Heraklion in 1883 and in 1911 he left for the United States. Throughout his life he received many critics, particularly from the Church, for the messages of his books. 

 

 

 

 

 

 7: Jesus Gate

This gate of the fortification walls was named Gate of Jesus, due to a church located nearby which was dedicated to Jesus.
This was the last of the Venetian gates to be built so the locals called it the New Gate. There is a plaque in the middle with the date of construction (1587) and the governor's name, Zuanne Mocenigo.

 

 

 

 

 

               

8: Knossos

The centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion.

Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major center of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Wealth accumulation and the advancement of an urban lifestyle were the hallmarks of this zenith, which began circa 2000 BC and was typified by magnificent monumental buildings and a complex social structure.

 

 

 

 9: Archaeological Museum

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe.
It houses representative art facts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Herakleion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Heraklion Open Tour
 Heraklion Crete
 Greece

Phone:
+30 28970.25190

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