Heraklion 1We had reached the end of our scale in Greek lands. Greece was fascinating and wonderful like me and our journey through these lands ended in Heraklion , the capital of Crete , the largest island of Greece , historically coveted for its strategic location. It has great natural treasures and important archaeological remains of the Minoan civilization, being the place where Greek mythology that Daedalus built the labyrinth of the Minotaur and birthplace of Zeus .

The most prominent tourist attractions in Heraklion are:

  • Palace of Knossos : Old and labyrinthine palace of the Minoan civilization.
  • Cathedral of St. Menas : St. Menas is the patron saint of the city. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Greece .
  • Koules (Venetian fortress) are the Roman fortifications that were built to protect the city as well as serving as a prison.
  • Agia Ekaterini Church : Church of Santa Catalina , is located near the cathedral.
  • Agios Titos Church: It was built to be the cathedral of the city.
  • Archaeological Museum : One of the largest museums of Crete and has the best collection of Minoan art in the world.
  • History Museum of Crete : The name says it all …
  • Fountain of Lions : It was built to provide water to the city, its decoration represents marine life.
  • Freedom Square : Located near the door of San Jorge and the archaeological museum being the most central and important square of the city.
  • La Loggia : This building is the most elegant building of the city, was used as a leisure center and meeting for the nobility. It houses the city council.

Returning to our itinerary around the island, commenting that the main visit to this major city are the ruins of the Palace of Knossos , located about 5 kilometers from the capital. Here are the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization, the most important monument of this civilization.

We can travel there in two ways, catch a taxi to the port exit or walk a bit until the bus stop and taking the bus 2 which leads directly to Knossos . The ticket office where tickets are purchased at a kiosk is just behind the station and the price is just over 2 euros per ride, which lasts approximately 20 minutes.

In our case, as we were 4 people, we opted to take a taxi, after agreeing the price with the taxi driver, who incidentally was very kind to us. The trouble was difficult to understand, but more or less we clarify that we wanted to take the Palace of Knossos through a path where we teach a small, hidden church. So once already uploaded his taxi, he set out to explain where we were headed. A few minutes and once outside, the taxi driver stopped at a viewpoint and with his hands he pointed us to get off to enjoy the wonderful views of Heraklion from up there and that we could devote time to draw relevant photos, so we made photos covering a panoramic view of the entire city.

 

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Continuing the tour took us through narrow and wooded paths to a small church hidden among trees and mountains. We stopped for a while to visit and photograph inside. Today I can not yet give a name to this little church, but I still remember the peace that reigned around it, only interrupted by the singing of birds. Once the visit itself, we headed to the palace … When we arrived, we agree with the taxi driver to pick us up in a couple of hours, he considered enough time for the visit of the ruins.

The entrance fee is about 7 €, but if later you want to visit the Archaeological Museum , when you go back to the city, you can buy a combined ticket for 10 €. It is possible to hire a guide that explains in detail this visit to the remains, with its price 10 / € 15 per person. Indicate that no group rate available, at least when we stayed.

 

Heraklion 1We had reached the end of our scale in Greek lands. Greece was fascinating and wonderful like me and our journey through these lands ended in Heraklion , the capital of Crete , the largest island of Greece , historically coveted for its strategic location. It has great natural treasures and important archaeological remains of the Minoan civilization, being the place where Greek mythology that Daedalus built the labyrinth of the Minotaur and birthplace of Zeus .

The most prominent tourist attractions in Heraklion are:

  • Palace of Knossos : Old and labyrinthine palace of the Minoan civilization.
  • Cathedral of St. Menas : St. Menas is the patron saint of the city. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Greece .
  • Koules (Venetian fortress) are the Roman fortifications that were built to protect the city as well as serving as a prison.
  • Agia Ekaterini Church : Church of Santa Catalina , is located near the cathedral.
  • Agios Titos Church: It was built to be the cathedral of the city.
  • Archaeological Museum : One of the largest museums of Crete and has the best collection of Minoan art in the world.
  • History Museum of Crete : The name says it all …
  • Fountain of Lions : It was built to provide water to the city, its decoration represents marine life.
  • Freedom Square : Located near the door of San Jorge and the archaeological museum being the most central and important square of the city.
  • La Loggia : This building is the most elegant building of the city, was used as a leisure center and meeting for the nobility. It houses the city council.

Returning to our itinerary around the island, commenting that the main visit to this major city are the ruins of the Palace of Knossos , located about 5 kilometers from the capital. Here are the remains of the ancient Minoan civilization, the most important monument of this civilization.

We can travel there in two ways, catch a taxi to the port exit or walk a bit until the bus stop and taking the bus 2 which leads directly to Knossos . The ticket office where tickets are purchased at a kiosk is just behind the station and the price is just over 2 euros per ride, which lasts approximately 20 minutes.

In our case, as we were 4 people, we opted to take a taxi, after agreeing the price with the taxi driver, who incidentally was very kind to us. The trouble was difficult to understand, but more or less we clarify that we wanted to take the Palace of Knossos through a path where we teach a small, hidden church. So once already uploaded his taxi, he set out to explain where we were headed. A few minutes and once outside, the taxi driver stopped at a viewpoint and with his hands he pointed us to get off to enjoy the wonderful views of Heraklion from up there and that we could devote time to draw relevant photos, so we made photos covering a panoramic view of the entire city.

 

Heraklion 3Heraklion 4Heraklion 2Heraklion 6

Continuing the tour took us through narrow and wooded paths to a small church hidden among trees and mountains. We stopped for a while to visit and photograph inside. Today I can not yet give a name to this little church, but I still remember the peace that reigned around it, only interrupted by the singing of birds. Once the visit itself, we headed to the palace … When we arrived, we agree with the taxi driver to pick us up in a couple of hours, he considered enough time for the visit of the ruins.

The entrance fee is about 7 €, but if later you want to visit the Archaeological Museum , when you go back to the city, you can buy a combined ticket for 10 €. It is possible to hire a guide that explains in detail this visit to the remains, with its price 10 / € 15 per person. Indicate that no group rate available, at least when we stayed.

Well I have to confess that the ruins in general is not something that I love obviously have to visit while you’re in a place like this, but really are not my cup of tea. I particularly like cities with full construction. Having said this, I have to say I saw many columns, paintings, pots, piles of stones crowded and everything involving some remains. Before this my daughter always tells me, because she loves the ruins, I have to imagine the time when this area was full of life and I’m in a historic and important place for many thousands of years ago. I really try but I still prefer cities like Florence , Venice or Paris , although I understand and respect that about tastes colors …

After the visit and after cramming the memory of our camera with all the pictures we took, because you’ll have to put on record the place you visit, we took the taxi back which was waiting for us promptly at the start, to take us back to Heraklion . We left next to the Cathedral of St. Menas , so we took the opportunity to visit, as well as its predecessor the Small St. Menas , simpler and now a museum of religious art. They are located opposite each other.

 

Heraklion 5After this visit, we continue our return to the ship strolling along the pedestrian street Dedalou . I was grateful to return back to civilization. We were already in a street full of shops and bars.

We made appropriate souvenir shopping, this is the part I like, so I sharer my kids on this trip though not so present, thinking about the illusion that lets them know that at every stop I remember bring something.

We had time to have a drink and enjoy the ebb and flow of people to diriginos after this little break to the street on August 25 , which is considered the most beautiful of Heraklion . Once we arrived at the end of the street we find the jetty of the port and the Venetian fortress Koules , which took a few pictures of her outside to continue our walk towards the Gem , which we thought would be closer, but from the port we found that we still had far arrival to our ship. We began to enter the rush and lighten step. We were looking forward, for so little time we had left, heat and hunger we had.

In about 20 minutes of brisk, we were a few meters from the Gem and we could relax. We went up to our cabins to freshen up for then go to the restaurant. From there we only had that would enjoy the last two nights in this fantastic ship since after day at sea we returned to the beautiful city of Venice to close this magical journey ….

 

Date Posted: October 15, 2013


I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.

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