Homeland of the Minoan civilization, Heraklion is the capital city of the island of Crete. This bustling city (the fourth largest city in Greece) features a very heteroclite architecture due to the various influences (Byzantine, Venitian, Ottoman) brought throughout the centuries. With a delightful climate and beautiful beaches such as those of Amoudara and Amnissos, Heraklion has many faces. With various modern bars, restaurants and night clubs, the night life in Heraklion is particularly intense. But Heraklion is also a cultural city : don’t miss the Palace of Knossos (one of the most visited spots in Greece after the Acropolis), the Fort of Koules, the Fountain of Morosini, and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, before you leave the island.