Crete | Heraklion Region

Crete | Heraklion Region


Heraklion, the chief city of Crete, is the
hub of a fascinating slice of central Crete that extends south over the mountains to the
south coast and the Libyan Sea. Though Heraklion itself has plenty to offer,
the wider region has yet more. Of course, the archaeological site of Knossos,
eight kilometres south of the city, is an absolute must. But further south still, fascinating villages
of Tilissos and Anogeia, famous for their local textiles. Keep going, and you enter the mountains of
central Crete, where two caves vie for the distinction of being the birthplace of Zeus,
the ancient father of the gods. There are good beaches on the south coast
of Heraklion region, such as Phaistos — also the site of a prehistoric ruined palace — and
Kali Limenes, where you can get a ferry to the remote island of Gavdos, the southernmost
spot in the continent of Europe. All of these places are easily accessible
by KTEL intercity bus from Heraklion bus station.

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