Welcome to the capital of Crete, Heraklion. The city is widely known for the most important archaeological area of the island, the Minoan palace of Knossos. The center of Europe’s oldest civilization is located just a few kilometers outside the city of Heraklion and every year dominates in the top of visitors’ preferences. The findings of the Minoan civilization are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Crete in the center of the old city of Heraklion, an
old city that preserves the Venetian element unalterable with the historic Morosini Fountain (lion square) as well as the imposing Rocca a Mare Fortress (Koule).
The eastern side of Heraklion is characterized as a rapidly developing tourist area with dozens of luxury hotel units, beach bars, water sports stations, diving centers, water parks and the famous Cretan Aquarium, which hosts the precious marine wealth of the Mediterranean. Moving to the south side of Heraklion we meet the rare Cretan vineyards. For about 4,000 years the special relief of the Cretan land combined with the unique characteristics of the Mediterranean climate has made Crete one of the leading wine producing units in Europe. The hinterland of Heraklion is responsible for approximately 80% of the total wine production on the island, as there are several modern and organized wineries, worthy ambassadors of Cretan wine.