Shining light on Heraklion
There are certain capital cities which are just as famous as the actual countries they are in, or at least are solely responsible for the vast majority of the tourism that comes into the country. But on the other hand, there are capitals or major towns in countries which often get swept under the carpet. Take the island of Crete as an example. Each year thousands upon thousands of tourists and visitors take the trip to visit its beaches and seaside resorts. But what of its capital Heraklion? Have you ever heard of it or know what it has to offer? A detailed look reveals a city well worth visiting.
The ancient civilisation of Greece is one of the most celebrated in human history and it comes a no surprise to know that the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. The museum houses artefacts and discoveries from across the island, including Roman sculptures and jewellery. Admission is around 6 Euros and it is always a good idea to allow plenty of time to look around. The museum itself sits inside what was once a power station, so it is certainly a unique museum and experience.
Crete is famous for its beaches, so it will come as no surprise to learn that the capital Heraklion holds it own in this department too, with stretches of white sand running all along the coast by the city. As you may expect, the main beaches are located near to the resorts which attract people on cheap Crete holidays and can get a bit busy in the high season. But there are number of secluded coves which are free from crowds and offer a more relaxing experience. It is just a case of doing a bit of research and finding the sort of beach you want, whether it be one geared up for Watersports or for relaxing!
Exploring the Surrounding Area
Heraklion has plenty of attractions, bars, cafes and restaurants which will help to keep your more then entertained. However it can be nice now and again to explore destinations outside of the city, and thanks to its location, there are plenty of excursions you can go on. Around 20 minutes away from Heraklion is Rogdia, where you can visit of its famous beaches, or if you are beached out, head to Achlada. There are some fantastic old ruins and building to be explored here and with it being just 25 – 30 minutes away it is easily accessible by car or coach.
Crete has managed to maintain its reputation as a top destination in the Mediterranean. Anyone who is familiar with the island knows about the charms of Heraklion which is why the city is always bustling with visitors. Many people seem to stumble upon it – and once they do they help to expand its reputation as an ideal place for a trip or holiday abroad!