Our day starts having the chance to get to know the city of Heraklion, Crete’s bustling capital. The birthplace of Nikos Kazantzakis and El Greco gives the sense of a cosmopolitan city at first, but you can find many more if you take the time to wander its backstreets and explore it. The imposing fortress of Koules at the port, the Venetian fortifications around the city, the famous Lions’ Square, the many Byzantine churches, the numerous Ottoman drinking fountains, the Municipal Library, the Art Gallery and the Archaeological Museum are only some of the sights not to be missed. Heraklion has a thriving café and restaurant scene, the island’s best shopping and lively nightlife -in part thanks to its many students.
After our stop at the city of Heraklion we visit the famous Saturday open-air market, a bazaar where you can find almost anything you may imagine: the freshest fruit and vegetables, creamy cheese, juicy olives, olive oil, wine, raki, honey, herbs, leather goods, hats, jewelry, toys, cosmetics, fabrics, upholstery – you name it.
For those who wish to experience something different, there is one more destination that you can choose for the rest of the day: the Cretaquarium. This high-tech indoor sea is situated a few kilometers away from Heraklion. It is inhabited by some 2500 Mediterranean and tropical aquatic critters, and it can surely bring smiles to even the most jaded traveler. You can watch jellyfish, sharks, skates, corals, anything from small fish to tuna that lives in the Mediterranean. There are also multimedia features and multilingual displays for your convenience.
After our tour, we can enjoy our coffee in the café of the building that overlooks the big blue, before we set off to our hotels.
-Open-Air Market in Heraklion
-Heraklion city center
08:25 Departure from Hersonissos
09:15 Arrival at Heraklion – free time to explore the city
11:30 Departure from Heraklion
12:00 Arrival in Heraklion Open-Air Market – free time for shopping
13:15 Departure form th Market
13:45 Arrival at the Cretaquarium – admire the thousands of
Mediterranean marine species in this high-tech facility
15:00 Departure from the Cretaquarium
15:40 Aprx return time back to Hersonissos.
-Hotel pick up & drop off
-Transport by air-conditioned buses
(Payable at the day of your trip)
-Entrance to the Cretaquarium 9€
-Food & drinks