Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a multifaceted seaside city and one of the Mediterranean’s most historical and vibrant regions. Modern and simultaneously timeless. An urban center with natural beauties, which holds a cultural identity made by successive historical layers. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures. It is a city where the pleasures of today are connected with the beauty of yesterday.
The Heraklion of yesterday resemble a medieval city, which is reflected on the Venetian harbor, city walls and the splendid “Koules fortress”. The city is also adorned with Byzantine monasteries and important museums. The beginning of these foundation, was the birth of Minoan civilization which flourished in the area around 3000 B.C.E. Later on, the historic “Candia”- the synchronous Heraklion – was created on the former basis of one of the most magnificent civilizations worldwide.
Splendid historical buildings in adaptive reuse, open public areas, statues and monuments are the architectural shell of Heraklion Old Town. At the same time, all the new buildings have been harmoniously adjusted to this historical urban fabric. For example, Loggia-the present city hall, is considered to be one of the most elegant architectural monuments of the Venetian period, a representative sample of the palladian style. Morosini fountain with the relief lions, the Cathedral of St. Minas, St. Titus church, buildings as the Italian School of Archaeology, the "Chatzidakis family" mansion and the "Bon Marche" are indicative landmarks of the city.
From the other hand, Heraklion also has a distinctive Greek island beauty with local gastronomy, unique music tradition and many natural landscapes for discovery. The holistic view of Heraklion composes both folklore and historical traditions. For Ammoudara beach and the renowned Matala to the archaeological site of Knossos and the palace of Phaestos. It is also the birthplace of Domenico Theotocopoulos- El Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis. Odysseas Elytis, Vitsentzos Kornaros, Eleftherios Venizelos and many other prominent personages.