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Information about Heraklion area
The prefecture or province of Heraklion (Ηράκλειο) stretches across Crete from the north to south coasts and borders the prefecture of Rethymno to the west and Lassithi to the east.
The capital of the area is the primary city of Crete, Heraklion. It is situated on the north coast.
Heraklion is the location of one of Crete's main airports,
The Nomos Irakliou, as it is sometimes written contains 26 municipal districts across 7 provinces. The municipal districts are: Agia Varvara, Archanes, Arkalochori, Asterousia, Chersonissos, Episkopi, Gazi, Gorgolainis, Gortyna, Gouves, Heraklion, Kasteli, Kofinas, Krousonas, Malia, Moires, Nea Alikarnassos, Nikos Kazantzakis, Paliani, Rouvas, Temenos, Thrapsano, Tylisos, Tympaki, Viannos and Zaros.
Listed below are just some examples of the places of interest you will find in Heraklion. For more information visit our A-Z.
Resorts and Beaches
The districts contain some of Crete's most well known resorts including Chersonissos and Malia. In addition to these very widely known coastal resorts, the area also boasts a wealth of hidden away locations including beaches such as Kokkini Ammos, Vathi and Martsalo.
Monasteries and Byzantine Churches
Historic monasteries at Agias Irinis, Kardiotissas and Fountadon.
Mountain villages such as Zaros with its natural springs and Thrapsano famous for its pottery.
Caves and Gorges
Caves and gorges including the Kamaraiko and Skotino Caves and the Rouvas Gorge.
The most famous archaeological sites on Crete, Knossos and Festos.
The huge quantity of archaelogical sites in Heraklion are an indication of its importance even in prehistoric times.
Whether your interest is for beautiful beaches or rugged mountain scenery, quiet tucked away villages or bustling coastal towns and harbours, Heraklion offers you everything you need as a visitor or resident.
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