Iraklio attractions

Top Choice Museum in Iraklio

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

This state-of-the-art museum is one of the largest and most important in Greece. The two-storey revamped 1930s Bauhaus building makes a gleaming showcase for artefacts spanning 5500 years from Neolithic to Roman tim…
Top Choice Aquarium in Iraklio


This huge aquarium occupies the grounds of a former US military base. Inhabited by some 2000 Mediterranean critters, this high-tech indoor sea will likely bring smiles to even the most jaded youngster. You can watch…
Top Choice Fortress in Iraklio

Koules Fortress

After six years of restoration, Iraklio’s symbol, the 16th-century fortress called Rocca al Mare by the Venetians, reopened in August 2016 with a brand-new exhibit. It tells the story of the building, zeroes in on m…
Museum in Iraklio

Historical Museum of Crete

If you’re wondering what Crete’s been up to for the past, say, 1700 years, a spin around this engagingly curated museum is in order. Exhibits hopscotch from the Byzantine to the Venetian and Turkish periods, culmina…
Fountain in Iraklio

Morosini Fountain

Unfortunately, water no longer spurts from the four lions that make up this charming fountain, which is the most beloved Venetian vestige around town. Built in 1628 by Francesco Morosini, it once supplied Iraklio wi…
Historic Site in Iraklio

Grave of Nikos Kazantzakis

A simple tomb in the well-preserved Martinengo Bastion south of the city centre honours Nikos Kazantzakis (1883–1957), Crete’s most acclaimed 20th-century writer and author of Zorba the Greek. The famous epitaph on …
Church in Iraklio

Church of Agios Titos

This majestic church dominates the eponymous, palm-studded square. It had Byzantine origins in AD 961, was converted to a Catholic church by the Venetians and turned into a mosque by the Ottomans, who used the bell …
Cathedral in Iraklio

Agios Minas Cathedral

One of Greece’s largest cathedrals with space for 8000 worshippers, Agios Minas was constructed with interruptions between 1862 and 1895 and dedicated to the patron saint of Iraklio. Eye catchers in the imposing int…
Fountain in Iraklio

Bembo Fountain

Iraklio's first fountain was cobbled together in the 1550s from antique materials, including a statue of a Roman official found near Ierapetra and Venetian coats of arms, and channelled fresh water into town via an …
Historic Building in Iraklio


The attractively reconstructed 17th-century Loggia by Francesco Morosini was the Venetian version of a gentleman’s club, where the male aristocracy once gathered for drinks and gossip.