Heraklion cruise port is big and has several piers for cruise ships to dock at the same time. The cruise port is located outside the Ancient City Walls next to the Venetian Harbour and Marina. If you dock far away from the cruise terminal building you can take a free shuttle bus to the exit. Heraklion historic city center is within walking distance. For the site of Knossos you will need transportation.
During a cruise vacation to Greece, Heraklion should not be missed. This city is full of legend and lore. It has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years. Crete has an important place in Greek mythology and was an important place in Hellenic civilization.
Language in Heraklion
The official language of Heraklion is Greek. However the Cretan dialect is spoken on Crete.
Currency in Heraklion
The official currency of Greece is the Euro (€). There are many ATM’s in the city.
Opening times in Heraklion
Opening times differ a lot around Greece, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Friday
from 9.00h - 13.30h
and 17.30h - 20.30h
Saturday from 9.00h to 15.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions.
Minoan Palace of Knossos
One place that you will want to visit is the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. This location is said to hold the original Labyrinth of the Minotaur and is over 3,700 years old.
This fortress was built to protect the harbor from outside invaders and was built in the 15th century. Koules means fortress in Turkish, but the Venetians named it Rocca al Mare. The exterior of the fortress has a plaque of the winged lion of St Mark.
25th August Street
This pedestrian street is home to a variety of neoclassical buildings. This street connects the harbor with Lion Square.
This is a great place to try out Bougatsa, a typical Greek breakfast pastry.
The fountain is located in Lion Square and is a popular meeting place. It was commissioned by Francesco Morosini, in the 17th century, to commemorate the opening of an aqueduct.
The market is a great place to try out local foods. The street is filled with shops and stalls that have local products.
In Heraklion you dock next to the Venetian Harbour, just outside the Ancient City Walls. The historic center is approximately one kilometer away. If you want to go to Knossos better take a taxi or public bus.
The most popular excursions from Heraklion cruise port are the site of Knossos and Heraklion itself.
The average summer temperature in Heraklion is 27 to 28°C. The average temperature from December to January is 14 to 16°C.
Excursions in Heraklion