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 jellyfish dance, sharks dart, skates fly, corals sway and clown fish glow. Interactive multimedia help explain the mysteries of this rich and diverse underwater world. To add further depth, rent an audio guide (€3).

It’s affiliated with the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research next door. Half-hourly buses en route to Malia (€1.90, 30 minutes) from Iraklio’s Bus Station A can drop you on the main road, from where it’s a 10-minute walk.