Car Hire in Heraklion
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Heraklion is the main city of Crete and usually the starting point for visitors wishing to explore the island. Heraklion, built on a fairly steep hillside, has a huge harbour to accommodate ferries and cruise liners, and an international airport. Heraklion, bustling and full of hotels, fast food outlets, shops and traffic. The main square of Plateia Venizelou is a pedestrian mall, with sporting cafes and restaurants, with some nice shops in the surrounding streets. Heraklion’s architecture was influenced by Venetian occupation like many Greek cities and a Venetian fortress dominates the harbour. People-watching from a sidewalk café, sipping coffee or a drink, particularly in Liberty or Fountain Square, or at the old harbour beneath the illuminated Venetian fort, is a favourite local evening pastime in Heraklion. The city has manyclubs and bars, for your nightlife. Greece is also wellknown for its original jewellery designs and competitive prices, and Heraklion is well supplied with such jewellery stores. Another good choice are antiques, leather goods, folk art, olive oil (Crete is rated as the best in the world) and interesting cheeses like xynotyro, kefalotyri and graviera. Enjoy discovering the market on 1866 Street.
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Heraklion is a great base for visiting some beach resorts on the north coast. Amoudara is a location in Heraklion, with an excellent 3-mile long sandy beach popular for swimmers. In addition Kokini Hani a pleasant relatively simple friendly resort with good uncrowded beaches, modest nightlife and two nice long beaches popular with swimmers. Gouves on the other side is a fairly large developing seaside tourist resort with excellent beaches and with quiet traditional villages inland. Fodele is a pleasing small hillside village with good views and set in a green valley full of fruit trees, especially orange trees. Take the chance and visit the beautiful and graphic city of Rethymnon, or drive a little further to Chania and explore the city. A lot of other resorts and villages can easily be visited during Heraklion holidays, as Heraklion is situated exactly in the middle of Crete.
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Visit also in Heraklion the Archaeological Museum: In themuseum thousands of artefacts depicting the intriguing Minoan culture are on display, from extraordinary bull-headed drinking vessels to the mysterious Phaistos disk inscribed with undeciphered symbols. The Historical Museum of Crete: This museum deals with Crete’s more modern history and highlights the islanders long battle for independence from the early Christian times to the present day. Exhibits include also some Cretan folk art, and the Medieval and Renaissance collection contains the only painting on Crete by the island's famous painter El Greco. Do not miss the Palace of Knossos: The Minoan palace at Knossos, covering an area of 20,000 sq metres and it is about 5km south of Heraklion. Knossos is one of the world’s greatest sightseeing experiences and it consists of four wings, arranged around a rectangular central court. The palace originally had many storeys, was built of ashlar blocks and had walls decorated with splendid frescoes. The Samaria Gorge: It is an arduous trip but well worth it to see one of the great natural wonders of Europe. It is a 16km hike, from the top of the gorge through the dramatic geological formations and wildflower-strewn cliffsides of the National Park. Not far way from Heraklion, you can find the winderful beach of Agia Pelagia, where you an enjoy your day.
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