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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 Cretan in Iraklio

Peskesi

This foodie hotspot oozes rustic sophistication from every nook and cranny of its maze of stone rooms lidded by wood-beam ceilings. Chefs use heirloom produce and organic meats from their own farm to revive ancient …
Top Choice Greek in Iraklio

Parasties

Parasties’ owner Haris is Iraklio’s answer to a restaurateur who is genuine about serving great-quality local produce and top Cretan wines. And his passion shows in his small but gourmet menu of inventively updated …
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…
Cafe in Iraklio

Fyllo…Sofies

With tables sprawling out towards the Morosini Fountain, this is a great place to sample bougatsa (creamy semolina pudding wrapped in a pastry envelope and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar). The less-sweet version …
Music in Iraklio

Aerakis Music

An Iraklio landmark since 1974, this little shop stocks an expertly curated selection of Cretan and Greek music, from old and rare recordings to the latest releases, many on its own record labels, Cretan Musical Wor…
Taverna in Iraklio

Giakoumis

The oldest among the row of tavernas vying for business in a quiet passageway off Odos 1866, Giakoumis offers myriad mayirefta (ready-cooked meals) and grills. Don’t go past the lamb chops; the cook has been grillin…
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…
Cafe in Iraklio

Utopia

The Aztecs called it the 'elixir of the gods' and if you too worship at the cocoa altar, make a beeline to this been-here-forever cafe for the best hot chocolate in town. Add a side of decadence with an order of ice…