Heraklion, or Iraklio as the Greeks say, is the capital of Crete and also of the province Heraklion and has approximately 150.000 inhabitants.It is a city with many points of interest and it has an active nightlife. When you approach this city by boat, car or airplane, your first impression will probably be: how fast can I leave this place!This, however, doesn't do Heraklion justice. Heraklion is a typical Greek city, it is difficult to find any structure in its road system, its city architecture or its building policy; in short it is a hotchpotch.But exactly this hotchpotch gives this town her special atmosphere. Especially when you realize how much Crete and Heraklion have had to endure during the many occupations. Although Heraklion was destroyed for 2/3 during the Battle of Crete (during the Second World War) you can still find many antiquities. As a matter of fact this (too hasty) reconstruction is also the reason that this town hardly knows a structure in buildings. Evil tongues claim that 50 % of all buildings in Heraklion are built without an official license. But this has nothing to do with us; we will gladly show you what this town has to offer.First and foremost of course Knossos. This archeological excavation of the Minoan palace of King Minos, the biggest tourist attraction of Crete, is situated 7 km South of Heraklion.The interesting museums such as the Archeological Museum, an absolute must in combination with Knossos and the Historical Museum, with her broad attention to what happened during the Battle of Crete.The large Venetian Wall, which was built around the city in 40 years, starting in1462. The 4 city gates are still in use.Various churches such as the Agia Katherina Church, with the chapel of the Agia Deka with her icons of the 16th century and the Agios Titos Church, which was built in the 10th century and then destroyed and rebuilt in 1923.The area around the harbor with her many ferryboats and cruise ships. Don't forget to pay a visit on a Saturday morning to the big weekly market near the harbor. An experience in itself; many local gardeners, gypsies and trades folk try to sell their merchandise here, you will not believe you're still on Crete!More information about the places of interest can be found in many travel guides and in other parts of this website.Heraklion certainly also has a very interesting nightlife, the many terraces, eating places, bars etc invite you to enjoy the beautiful evenings in this city.It will sometimes seem that no traffic regulations are applicable here in Heraklion, but be careful and don't copy the driving styles of the local people.