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Aquaworld Aquarium (Hersonissos)
Ranked #1 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Aquariums

Aquaworld Aquarium has been in Hersonissos, Crete, since 1995 and is definitely on the must-do list. Entrance only costs 6 Euro for adults and 4 Euro for children. Even better... more »

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Arion Stables (Hersonissos)
Ranked #2 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: pony and horse riding individual personal ridesbeach and mountain ridessunset beach ridessmall zoo- animal parkV.I.P. horse... more » Owner description: pony and horse riding individual personal ridesbeach and mountain ridessunset beach ridessmall zoo- animal parkV.I.P. horse carriage service, weddings with our Victoria carriagecarriage tours to the town or traditional villages, riding and driving lessons, traditional taverna & cafe bar, playgrounds a peacefull paradise for our animals & horse friendliest stable in whole crete. « less
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Ranked #3 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Mob: +30.6980.328068
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Ranked #4 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections:... more » Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora Collection, with gardens of fruit- trees, aromatic herbs, cactus, shrubs and plants, stones and minerals of Crete. Ethnographic Collection, with a presentation of Cretan traditional life (a stone- made farmhouse, a middleclass house, a chapel, an olive- oil press, a windmill, a shepherd's shelter, a threshing floor, a wine- vat, a raki- distillery, workshops of ceramics, weaving and plant- dyeing, an old school, a bee's & wax house).Art collection with works of folk artists exhibited in the Folk Artist's Gallery, the Open- Air Theatre and the Exhibitions' Room.Collection of pre-Industrial Technology with equipment (olive- oil press, windmill, carob-mill, herb-press) used in the past. The Museum organizes a range of educational programs and its Audiovisual Department produces films, CD- ROM's, DVD' s presented daily in the Multimedia & Conference room. It has also a Museum-shop and a cafe. The Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2010 and honoured by the University of Crete in 1997 for its ecological activities. "LYCHNOSTATIS" is open for a daily visit with a guided- tour, from (Saturday closed). « less
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Ranked #5 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: History Museums
Owner description: The Historical Museum of Crete is a multi-faceted museum narrating seventeen centuries of history on the island, from Early... more » Owner description: The Historical Museum of Crete is a multi-faceted museum narrating seventeen centuries of history on the island, from Early Christian times to the modern era. « less
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Stalis Beach (Stalis)
Ranked #6 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Beaches
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Ranked #7 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: History Museums; Museums

As of May 6th 2014, the renovated Heraklion Archaeological Museum has become again accessible to the public after many years of closure. The official website of the Museum is... more »

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Labyrinth Theme Park (Hersonissos)
Ranked #8 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #9 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Crete’s aquarium, Cretaquarium, opened in December 2005. Belonging to a large European family of aquariums, the Cretaquarium... more » Owner description: Crete’s aquarium, Cretaquarium, opened in December 2005. Belonging to a large European family of aquariums, the Cretaquarium offers its visitors the unique chance to plunge into the great marine world of the Mediterranean. From the big hunter sharks to the tiny seahorses, the sensational jellyfish, the diversity of marine life is set off against underwater Cretan seascapes such as the rock formations at Matala( South Crete)and the sea bed at Vai(North East Crete). « less
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Ranked #10 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Natural History Museums
Owner description: The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) demonstrates with an impressive manner the natural environment of eastern... more » Owner description: The Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC) demonstrates with an impressive manner the natural environment of eastern Mediterranean area with special emphasis on Greece and Crete. « less
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Star Beach Water Park (Hersonissos)
Ranked #11 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Water Parks
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Red Sand Beach (Matala)
Ranked #12 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #13 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #14 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Equestrian Trails
Owner description: Professional equestrian center offering quality day treks, 2 hour hacks, riding lessons and horse riding holidays. all horses... more » Owner description: Professional equestrian center offering quality day treks, 2 hour hacks, riding lessons and horse riding holidays. all horses happy, well trained and with forward going temperaments. Experienced guides to accompany you through the breathtaking countryside making your experience the very best in equine Crete. « less
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Matala beach (Matala)
Ranked #15 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Beaches
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Phaistos (Matala)
Ranked #16 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites
The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Acqua Plus Water Park (Hersonissos)
Ranked #17 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Water Parks
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Agios Titos Church (Heraklion)
Ranked #18 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Watercity (Anopolis)
Ranked #19 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Water Parks
Near Heraklion
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Ranked #20 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites

The Palace of Knossos is the most important monument in Crete. The archaeological site of Knossos is 5 km southeast of Heraklion, in the valley of the river Kairatos.  Knossos was... more »

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Ranked #21 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Historic Sites; Castles
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Cave Of Zeus (Hersonissos)
Ranked #22 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #23 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins
Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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The Crete Golf Club (Hersonissos)
Ranked #24 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Ranked #25 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #26 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Paliani Monastery (Heraklion)
Ranked #27 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
  • heart opening!!! 07/13/2014
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Ranked #28 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ligaria Beach (Agia Pelagia)
Ranked #29 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #30 of 76 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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