HERAKLION ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
This is the second most significant archaeological museum in Greece and hosts a large collection of Minoan artifacts from the four Minoan centers of Crete - Knossos, Phaestos, Malia and, Zakros.
2 Xanthoudidou, Heraklion. 71202
An iconic 16th-century fortress that dominates the Venetian Harbor in Heraklion. Following a major restoration, the fortress reopened in 2016 and reveals the city’s history through interesting artifacts and visual presentations.
Venetian Harbor, Heraklion, 71202
ANCIENT SITE OF KNOSSOS
Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, Knossos is the oldest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete. Excavations uncovered the Knossos Palace and brought to life legendary tales about King Minos, the labyrinth, and the Minotaur’s lair.
Knossos, Heraklion, 71409
ANCIENT SITE OF PHAISTOS
Set on a hill overlooking the Messara Plain, Phaistos is the second most important Minoan palace-city. Keep an eye out for the peristyle court, the grand stairway, and the theatrical area.
Phaistos, Heraklion, 70200
ANCIENT SITE OF GOURNIA
Gournia is one of the few fully excavated Minoan towns. Spread on a small hill just a few hundred meters from the sea, Gournia is both a unique and
Gournia, Ierapetra, 72200
Built in the 1620’s, the Venetian Loggia is an impressive building that served as a noblemen’s club during the Venetian rule. Following a major restoration, the building now houses Heraklion’s Town Hall.
25 August, Heraklion, 71202
FORTEZZA OF RETHYMNO
A large Venetian fortress overlooking the old town of Rethymno. The Fortezza contains a number of structures such as the Mosque of Sultan Ibrahim, and the Council Building. Visit at sunset to admire the spectacular views.
27 Emmanouil Kefalogianni, Rethymno, 74100
PALEONTOLOGY MUSEUM OF RETHYMNON
Housed in the restored Veli Pasha Mosque, the museum is a branch of Athens’ Goulandris Natural History Museum. Among its most interesting exhibits are the tusks and fossils from hippos hunted to extinction thousands of years ago.
18 Dimokratias, Rethymno, 74100
KIOUTSOUK HASAN MOSQUE
The Kioutsouk Hasan Mosque (Giali Tzamisi) is the oldest Ottoman building in Crete and one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Located on the Venetian Harbor of Chania, it is now mainly used as an exhibition space.
LOCATION 18 Sourmelis, Chania, 73132
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CHANIA
Housed in the superb 16th century church of St. Francis, this museum illustrates the cultural history of the area through a collection that spans from the Neolithic period to the Roman era.
28 Halidon, Chania, 73132
A 14th century Venetian stronghold built to deter pirates and protect Venetian nobles.The castle is also famous for a local legend that says that mysterious shadows of warriors appear in the area once a year.
Frangokastello, Sfakia, 73011
One of the finest Venetian churches on Crete with a striking facade and an ornate triple bell tower. Due to its grave history, the monastery is a powerful symbol of resistance among locals.