No visit to Heraklion should be considered complete without spending an hour or more exploring this superb open-air market which sits along either side of Odos 1866 "Market Street". For us, it is a "must see" and we always spend time here.
Firstly, to find it, walk up the pedestrianised "25 Augustou Street" into Venizelou Square, walk through the square, past the Morosini Fountain until you reach Kalokinairi St, cross this and Odos 1866 is the middle one of the three streets in front of you.
It's always busy here, lots of stalls with their sunblinds covering the narrow alleyway, selling a vast selection of herbs, spices, meat, fish, cheese, olive oil, vegetables and fruit, as well as souvenirs and leather goods such as sandals, shoes, handbags, purses and wallets. The meat stalls used to be quite grisly, but tightening up of hygiene rules means that instead of displaying various bits of meat on hooks in the open, everything is now refrigerated.
The stall-holders are pleasant, no one is pushy and you're just as likely to see locals buying their produce here as you are visitors. The quality of the wares is superb, we always buy a year's supply of herbs and spices at a fraction of the prices at home.
As said, it's always busy, and you will be rubbing shoulders with people for the duration of your visit, so do keep valuables safely out of sight and secure as there are occasionally incidents of pick-pocketing along here, so remove wallets and purses from outside pockets and keep them safe. As long as you observe this, you will have a lovely experience here.
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