Heraklion Crete Area Guide

Where to go

Right in the heart of the city, Olive Green Hotel is the perfect starting point to Crete’s lively and interesting capital.

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and significant museums in Greece. The museum was built between 1937-1940, and boasts 20 rooms with exhibits originating exclusively from Crete. The collections come mostly from central and eastern Crete, and cover a span of 5.500 years. The exhibits are presented following the chronological evolution of the Minoan civilization. It is located in the center of the town just 100 m from the Hotel.

Information: (+30) 281 0279000

Historical Museum of Crete

Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies. It is housed in a three storey neoclassical building, owned by the Kalokairinos family, and represents an important element of Cretan history and tradition. It comprises 12 rooms, showing the evolution of Cretan civilization, from the Christian period until the 20th century. Its collections include pictures, historical heirlooms, books, maps, Cretan costumes and many other exhibits depicting the Crete of the past.

Information: (+30) 281 0283219

Natural History Museum of Crete

In the Natural History Museum of Crete, visitors become familiar with the flora and fauna of Crete and mainland Greece. A key focus of the museum is to enable visitors to understand the relation between the old civilizations and the natural environment; to learn about the impressive past, and the future of Crete and the Mediterranean, through fossils, rocks and minerals.

Information: (+30) 281 0282740

Museum of Visual Arts

The Museum of Visual Arts of Heraklion (METH) was established in 2000 by K. Schizakis and is a meeting place between artists and their publics. It is a place of intellectual development, education and entertainment. The museum hosts important art and culture events.

Information: (+30) 281 0226683

Koules Fortress

The Venice of the East as it was described during the Venetian rule, has the Koules as the trademark of the medieval city of Heraklion. The Koules Fortress was built in 1523-1540 offering a spectacular view to the Cretan Sea, and is the vigilant sentry that protects the city of Heraklion.

Tomb of N. Kazantzakis

The tomb of the most beloved writer of Crete is located on the southern part of the Venetian Walls, on the highest point of the Venetian fortification, the Martinego cavalier. Its wooden cross bears his famous quote: I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. Offering a view to the entire city of Heraklion, this landmark makes clear that no homage will ever be enough for this great man.

The Palace of Knossos

The Palace of Knossos is the most important and majestic creation of the Minoan Civilization, a sacred cultural heritage of Greece, and a world renowned monument. Located 5 km southeast of Heraklion, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, expanding over a surface of 22.000 m2, is visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year.

Information: (+30) 281 0231940

St. Markus Basilica

St. Markus basilica is also located on Venizelou Sq. and now used as a lecture hall, exhibition center, as well as other cultural events. It also houses the municipal library. Built by the Venetians in 1239. The Dukes used to attend the church services and also got buried there. From the entrance of the church the public herald used to pronounce the Dukes’ directives to the people.

Information: (+30) 281 3409000

Venetian Walls

The Venetian walls represent the most formidable project of the Venetian rule. They were first built in the 15th century whereas extensions and improvements were carried out during the 16th and 17th centuries. The main architect was one of the famous army engineers of the 16th century, Michele San Michele of Verona.

Saint Minas Cathedral

Saint Minas is the metropolitan church situated on Agia Ekaterini Sq. Built during 1862- 1895, this is one of the most impressive churches as regards size and position. It is in the shape of a cross with a dome and four equidistant pillars. On the western corner of the metropolitan church there is a tiny, older church of Agios Minas (again) which has ornate wood carvings and icons from the 18th century. It is not known when it was built.

Information: (+30) 281 0282402

St. Titus Church

St.Titus, a church honoring the protector of the island. Initially a Byzantine temple, during its many historical phases suffered substantial damages: renovations including major alterations by the Venetians in the 16th century and it was also used as the metropolitan church by the Catholics. During the Turkish rule it was converted into a mosque, the “Vezir mosque”, destroyed in the big earthquake of 1856, rebuilt on its own foundations in 1872. In 1926 it again became an Orthodox church after undergoing relative repairs and alterations.

Information: (+30) 281 0346221

Morozini Fountain

This is situated in the centre of Venizelou square, and it was inaugurated by the Venetian administrator Francesco Morozini. Water comes out from spouts in the mouths of four lions, dating from the 14th century, the decor of the eight troughs of the fountain consist of reliefs from scenes of the Greek mythology on top of which there is a gigantic statue of Poseidon holding his trident which unfortunately got destroyed during the Turkish rule.

Heraklion Jetty

Walk along the coast from the Venetian Port to the lighthouse and back! It is a rather famous walk for morning workout, romantic walks, teenage skaters, cyclists and families. The walk takes 1hr both ways and it is quite relaxing too. Along the jetty, visitors can admire graffiti art picturing Greek mythology and themes of contemporary concerns


Karavolas Park: Enjoy a beautiful summer walk from the park to Lido area, a bike ride, or just enjoy the sea view. It's a great place for children to play and have fun! Your pets will also love it.

Georgiadis Park: a peaceful spot to enjoy the fresh air under the shades of trees. Get a coffee from the cute little cafe and spend an afternoon reading.

Efkalyptos Park: Within the Venetian Walls moat, Eucalyptus park is an idyllic place to enjoy a walk under the shade of huge eucalyptus trees."