|Heraklion greece is the main city on the island of Crete and usually the starting point for visitors wishing to explore the island. The city, built on a fairly steep hillside, has a huge harbor to accommodate ferries and cruise liners, and an international airport. Heraklion Greece is a busy, bustling and full of hotels, fast food outlets, shops and traffic. The main square of Plateia Venizelou is a pedestrian mall sporting cafes and restaurants, with some fascinating shops in the surrounding streets. Heraklion’s architecture was influenced by Venetian occupation, and a Venetian fortress dominates the harbor. Heraklion greece takes pride in its archaeological museum, which contains the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts from the Minoan civilization. Heraklion Greece is close to the major archaeological site associated with the Minoans at Knossos.
Heraklion weather is a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers moderated by the northern winds and mild winters in the plains and quite rainy which make them lush. In the mountains winters are quite harsh and it is always snowing during the period from January to the end of February. Autumn is the mildest season in Heraklion greece .
Heraklion Greece is the business hub of the island of Crete, making it a place to shop with huge number of shops in the town. Greece is renowned for its unique jewelry designs and competitive prices. Heraklion has plenty of stores that will cater to your jewelry shopping. There are some other sovereigns to take back home, products such as antiques, leather goods, folk art, and olive oil. The city is famous for its various varieties of cheese like xynotyro, kefalotyri and graviera. 1866 Street in the market can be browsed for local stuff. Even the top designer labels can be bought at reasonable prices on Daedalou Street.
The city Heraklion Greece is well supplied by a large number of restaurants as eating out is a national pastime in Greece. A number of fast food joints, restaurants serving international food like Pizza, pasta, Mexican and Indian specialties can be found particularly in the main tourist areas like Malia. Meals would always be a pleasure whether you go for a stylish restaurant or some local outlet. Cretan cuisine is traditional Greek food, with meze mixes as popular as dishes like moussaka and souvlaki. Tavernas, cafes and ouzeri abound in Heraklion.
Heraklion Greece city is full of night spots making the city nightlife more interesting and fun. A number of clubs and bar exists with the music being rock and roll or Greek popular music. Some of the hotels even offer a Cretan night with traditional performers. Tourists would see flocks of people on the sidewalk café sipping coffee or some other drink during the evening as ‘people watching’ is the favorite local evening pastime in Heraklion. The popular spots are the Liberty or Fountain Square, or at the old harbor beneath the illuminated Venetian ort. Various cultural and religious festivals take place in the city. The most important cultural festival is the Heraklion Summer Festival. Various beautiful beaches can be found around the island such as the wonderful sandy beach of Matala with its turquoise waters and the fine beaches of Tsoutsouros, Analipsi or Amoudara. Many of the superb beaches offer various water sports facilities.
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