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Travellers will inevitably be surprised by Heraklion. Although the city occupies an idyllic spot upon turquoise waters and curving coastline, it certainly does not possess a tranquil atmosphere typical of an island. As Greece’s fifth largest city, Heraklion bustles and bristles with a cosmopolitan and chaotic atmosphere guaranteed to excite and energise. A Venetian fortress reigns supreme over this captivating city, within which Byzantine churches, Turkish fountains and opulent villas all jostle for touristic attention; those craving culture will be immensely satisfied by Heraklion’s aesthetic and intellectual offerings.
Heraklion’s most brazen landmark is undoubtedly the Koules Ventetian Fortress, a flagrant fortification that overlooks the glittering ocean. Ascension of its tall turrets will afford panoramic vistas while exploration of the inside will reveal the secret stories of the city’s colourful past.
Heraklion is a city in which fabulous fountains are ubiquitous, and provide sophisticated symbols of the place’s prosperous past. The intricate carvings and hydrating spurts of the Morosini Fountain in Lion’s Square commemorate the animal to which to the city is dedicated to.
Create’s incredible historical and geological inheritance has ensured the city’s Archeological Museum brims over with astounding and ancient artefacts. Housed in what was once an old power station, these enticing exhibitions cover an exception breadth of history and culture; begin a thousand years ago with Minoan artefacts before journeying past Roman sculptures and ancient jewellery and ceramics.
Luscious is the most obvious adjective with which to describe the exquisite Loukoulos Restaurant. Diners will enjoy a refreshing change from omnipresent and conventional Greek cuisine with internationally inspired and innovative dishes. Wild boar and lobster are just a couple of the locally sourced selections guaranteed to please and pleasure the palate. (Korai 5, Iráklion (Heraklion) IRAKLIO-CENTRE, Greece)