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Top things to do in Heraklion Prefecture

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Aquaworld Aquarium (Hersonissos)
Ranked #1 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Zoos/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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Ranked #2 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Specialty Museums; 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 #3 of 70 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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Ranked #4 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: History Museums; 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 #5 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #6 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #7 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Natural History Museums; 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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Ranked #8 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Zoos/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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Star Beach Water Park (Hersonissos)
Ranked #9 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Skotino Cave (Heraklion)
Ranked #10 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Agios Titos Church (Heraklion)
Ranked #11 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #12 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Phaistos (Matala)
Ranked #13 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Cultural
The ruins of an ancient Minoan palace, popular among tourists.
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Red Sand Beach (Matala)
Ranked #14 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Matala beach (Matala)
Ranked #15 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Paliani Monastery (Heraklion)
Ranked #16 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
  • heart opening!!! 07/13/2014
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Acqua Plus Water Park (Hersonissos)
Ranked #17 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Ranked #18 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Cultural

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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Cretan Paths (Heraklion)
Ranked #19 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Owner description: We are a team of young talented individuals that aim in providing alternative experiences to the travelers of our island. Our... more » Owner description: We are a team of young talented individuals that aim in providing alternative experiences to the travelers of our island. Our philosophy is to showcase the best Crete has to offer through a series of experiences that underline the true, authentic and original spirit of Crete. We believe that Crete has a soul that is not portrayed in the conventional tourism models. The mentality of our excursions is based on three major axis that highlight Crete as a destination besides the sea and sun. These are Gastronomy, Environment and Culture. Our team of experts do their best in order to showcase in the most immediate way how these three dimensions interact and collaborate within the life of the people of Crete. Join us and experience for yourself the power, magnitude and richness of Cretan culture. Join us and leave your footsteps on our Cretan Paths « less
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Watercity (Anopolis)
Ranked #20 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
Near Heraklion
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Ranked #21 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #22 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #23 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Cave Of Zeus (Hersonissos)
Ranked #24 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #25 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Ranked #26 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Cultural
Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Ligaria Beach (Agia Pelagia)
Ranked #27 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
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Malia Ruins (Malia)
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$177* and up
Ranked #28 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Ancient Ruins; Cultural

Minoan palace at Malia is third largest Minoan palace in Crete. First it was build in 1900 BC and destroyed in 1700 BC along with other big palaces on the island. The palace it... more »

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Ranked #29 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #30 of 70 attractions in Heraklion Prefecture
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and... more » Owner description: The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician and traveler Nikos Kazantzakis. The Museum has quite literally become a site of worldwide intellectual pilgrimage. Every day, visitors arrive from all four corners of the globe, bearing witness to the lasting relevancy of the word expressed by the great Cretan, universal author and thinker. « less
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