The city has an airport (the second largest in Greece), and an impressive port with a venetian fortress named Koules which is quite an attraction for the whole family.
Fortress of KoulesThe heart of the town comprises two major squares: the Lion Fountain Square with the 1866 market street on one side, and the 25 August street which goes down to the port on the other side, and the Elephteria (Liberty) Square with the famous archeological museum behind it. The cafes and eateries in the area are full at all hours of the day, both with tourists and locals.
Lion fountain in the early evening hours
central market (str. 1866)
campaign for helping sick pets in the Liberty Square
Liberty Square monument
deep blue and blue-vert colors of the sea
On my second day in town, I discovered a place called The Chop which sells for only 2.80 euros a souvlaki (greek fast food consisting of meat grilled on a skewer) with a huge portion of hot chips, slices of tomatoe and whatever addition you fancy - all in a warmed soft bread - a real bargain! You can sit there with your meal and a bottle of sparkling mineral water, or take away. I did both.
At the cafe, in the evening , after coming back from my tours, I usually ordered a bougatsa ( greek dessert - phyllo pastry with filling) with a capuccino, or a crepe (thin pancake) with a scoop of banana ice cream filling. If I add all this to the feta cheese and croissantes of the breakfast at the hotel, no wonder I gained 3 pounds to my weight.
people and pets at the cafe
Heraklion was my basis for the excursions to Knossos, (5 Km southeast of Heraklion - considered the oldest city in Europe, the craddle of the Minoan civilization), and to the islet of Spinalonga known for the last leper colony in Europe.
I'll elaborate on these topics in my next posts.