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Heraklion (Crete), Greece Port | Map | Locations

Iraklio (Alternate Spelling)

Cruise lines that visit Heraklion: Voyages to Antiquity, Cunard, Holland America, Costa, MSC Cruises

Key Attractions: Knossos Palace, Koules Venetian Fortress, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Lassithi Plateau, Windmills, Kera Monastery, Amoudara Beach, Water Parks, Elounda, Spinalonga Island, Rethymnon, Arkadi Monastery, Phaestos Palace, Agia Triada Palace, Malia Palace, Gournia

The island of Crete was the location of one of the first important civilizations in Europe and Heraklion is very near what was the most important cultural and political center of the Minoan people. Knossos Palace, as we call it today, is one of the premier Mediterranean attractions for those interested in history, art and architecture. Heraklion was first settled by Arabic exiles from Andalusia in Spain around 800 AD, was later ruled by the Venetians for 400 years, became an important supplier of food and wine to the Ottomans well into the 19th century, and only gained its independence at the end of the 19th century. The old town in Heraklion blends Arabic, Venetian and Ottoman influences and retains much of its antique character. The Venetian Koules Fortress is the first thing you will see approaching Heraklion. Just to the southwest of the harbor is the old town still surrounded by a wall. The Archaeological Museum offers antiquities from many eras of the island�s history. Besides the Knossos Palace, there is what is known as the Phaestos Palace near the southern coast of the island. A relaxing fishing village culture can be experienced at Rethymnon to the west or at Elounda to the east. Anolithos is a recreated traditional Cretan Village very near Heraklion. The historic monasteries, Arkadi and Kera, offer a glimpse into Orthodox culture. If you want to experience Cretan rural and agricultural life, a visit to the scenic Lassithi Plateau is a popular option.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Greek

Secondary Languages: None

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Knossos Palace by Lapplaender

Geography and Population

Crete is the largest and most populous of Greek islands and marks the southernmost portion of the Aegean Sea. Heraklion is its capital and largest city with a population of about 175,000 people. It is located near the center of the northern coast of the 260 kilometer wide island.

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How Far?


From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Airport 4.5 KM 11 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Old Town and Archaeological Museum 1.3 KM 4 minutes, 15 minute walk  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Koules Fortress 1 KM 4 minutes, 15 minute walk  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Knossos Palace 7 KM 15 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village 15 KM 20 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Malia Palace 38 KM 40 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Lassithi Plateau 56 KM 65 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Elounda and Spinalonga Island 69 KM 2 hour 20 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Phaestos Palace 62 KM 1 hour 10 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Rethymnon 83 KM 1 hour 25 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Arkadi Monastery 85 KM 1 hour 30 minutes  
Heraklion Cruise Terminal Aghios Nikolaos 64 KM 1 hour 15 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses


Asklipieio Kritis S.A., Zografou 8, Heraklion 71201, phone - +30 281 024 6140, 2.5 KM, 7 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

National Bank of Greece S.A., Eikostis Pemptis Avgoustou 25, Irakleio, 1.5 KM, 4 minutes
Eurobank EFG S.A., Koronaiou 12, Irakleio 71202, 2 KM, 7 minutes

Post Office

Post Office, Nireos 31, Heraklion 71306, 1.3 KM, 5 minutes, 15 minute walk

Port and Berths

Cruise Terminal Address - 90, Irakleio 71307

Photo of Heraklion Old Town by Helentr