What to do in Heraklion in one day

09:00 – Lato Boutique Hotel

09:30 – Heraklion Archaeological Museum

10:30 – Veranda All Day Cafe & Restaurant

11:00 – Cave of Zeus

12:30 – Taverna Good Morning Lasithi Spani

14:00 – Stalis Beach

16:00 – Sweet World

17:00 – Stalis Horse riding tour

18:30 – Walk by Heraklion Harbour

19:30 – Dinner at Ippokambos

21:00 – Live music at Jailhouse

22:30 – Xalavro OpenBar

23:59 – Plastelina Bar

 

We mapped out your day trip in Heraklion

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Heraklion

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

Heraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete in Greece. Although it has had several influences over its history, the Venetian-era sculptures and architecture remain the most pronounced, with references to Middle Age structures. A safe haven for authors, scientists, and artists over the ages, you’ll find plenty of references to famous intellects and creative minds. During your Heraklion day trips, you’ll see that there are numerous museums to visit, wineries nearby, and historical relics to admire. If you’re more inclined to take it easy, find yourself at the Thermal Spas or strolling along the waterfront. Be sure to purchase olive oil, honey and herbs from the market

There is something for everyone in Heraklion: the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum, Bronze Age Palace of Minos, Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Museum of Visual Arts, and more. Three football clubs call Heraklion home, so check out a game as well

Enjoy Greek fare alongside a fresh glass Tsikoudia, or Ouzo, a clear and strong drink similar to Turkish Raki. If you want to go easy on the alcohol try the local Cretan wine. Called “open” wine and enjoyed straight out of the wine barrel, it tastes similar to a good port

Greek is spoken throughout the city, you may want to get familiar with some of the Greek alphabet to help read signage. To say “Hello,” “Chaírete” (pronounced here a teh). “Excuse me” is “Me synchoreíte” (pronounced meh sin HOR e Teh)

The weather in Heraklion is optimal- warm to hot in summer with mild winters. The dry summer heat is broken by light sea breezes, for average temperatures in the high 70s, while winter days rarely dip below 50 degrees

You can take a ferry into Heraklion for 36 Euros. A mere 3 miles to the city makes for a short taxi ride for about 10 Euros. Taking the bus costs around 2 Euros, but these buses do not have traditional stops

Buses are the best vehicle around Heraklion, with the system being relatively organized and extensive. Motorbikes are a good alternative means, as well as bicycles if you want to find hidden and secret beaches

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