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Lovely fort with great views

Superb Venetian fort in great condition with nice views of the harbour and the adjacent town of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Stevan G
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Great view from the top and fun to wander!

I'm a castle person, so this was especially fun for me. I also love being up high and the view from... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
rhianna c
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Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
+30 281 039 9399
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Superb Venetian fort in great condition with nice views of the harbour and the adjacent town of Heraklion. For two euros plus kids go free this is a bargain! Nicely renovated interior with some interesting visual displays and info boards in Greek and English! Views...More

Thank Stevan G
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm a castle person, so this was especially fun for me. I also love being up high and the view from the top of the castle was wonderful. They did a great job displaying information about the history of Heraklion and the castle, how it...More

Thank rhianna c
Reviewed 5 days ago

This Venetian fort is often overshadowed by Knossos as a place to visit. However, we found it an excellent place to visit, both as a museum but also for the scenery. The cost is modest, and the exhibitions are very well-curated. Well worth an hour...More

Thank Ewen M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Four of us debated wether or not to visit, we were glad we did, with an entry price of only €2 it was certainly worth it. The 360 degree views from the battlements were dramatic over the city, port and over to Santorini. Inside a...More

Thank bdon257
Reviewed 6 days ago

Venetian castle, beautifully restored and lit to showcase its local history as a fort in the 1400s. Very affordable entrance, make sure to visit & enjoy the beautiful views from the terrace.

Thank George K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Venetian Koules in Heraklion still stands proud at the harbour entrance. I was very impressed with the preservation quality and the enormous size of it. Mind you I’d not have liked to be in it for the 21 year siege. On the ground floor...More

1  Thank Richard_in_England
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning location. The castle is in a good location just off the harbour which is a short walk for people visiting by cruise, it is also a short distance from sight seeing bus. There is a very peaceful walk around the harbour too which is...More

Thank rabbit55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit especially for the view over the old harbour. Inside you can learn all about how it won its place in history.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only 2e entry and a very informative museum to the history of Heraklion and Crete. Great toilets too.

1  Thank Alan P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First fortified by the Arabs in the 9th century, Castello del Molo (Koules Fortress) was made famous during Venetian times here on Crete. We first visited back in 2014, and then I took my young son to tour the inside of this wonderful and well...More

Thank Phil B
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