The Heraklion Archaeological Museum gathers together the cream of priceless antiquities from Crete's main sites, including Knossos and Phaestos, beginning with the Minoan era and taking you through the glories of classical Greece. The collection of statues, paintings, pots and metalwork is second to none.
Distance to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum
- From Heraklion International Airport: 2.5 miles, about 11 minutes
- From Heraklion town centre: 1.1 miles, about 5 minutes
A straight shot south from Heraklion on national road 99, the ruins of the Palace of Knossos rank as one of the most important Bronze Age sites in the world. Dating back to 1400 BC, this was once the centre of Minoan civilisation before being mysteriously abandoned. Painstakingly excavated over decades, the ruins comprise some 22,000 square metres of private apartments, temples, ceremonial halls and workshops. And with a good choice of restaurants and cafes too, there's everything you need for a great day trip.
Distance to The Palace of Knossos
- From Heraklion International Airport: 4.3 miles, about 11 minutes
- From Heraklion town centre: 3.7 miles, about 14 minutes
A short drive east from Heraklion on the E75, CretAquarium is a serious centre of oceanographic research as well as a fun day out for the kids. It has over 60 aquariums teeming with sharks, jellyfish and other vibrant forms of Mediterranean sea life. You can easily combine an excursion here with a visit to nearby Watercity or Dinosaur Park.
Distance to CretAquarium
- From Heraklion International Airport: 9.9 miles, about 18 minutes
- From Heraklion town centre: 13.3 miles, about 28 minutes