Head to Lions Square to get a taste of vibrating city life. Its landmark piece is the Fontana Morosini, an ornate Venetian fountain and monument that the once-powerful Republic of Venice bestowed upon the city. Surrounded by bars, cafes, and restaurants, Lions Square is a great place for any time during the day.
The Venetian harbor is where old meets new; ancient fortresses tower over modern boats in a unique combination of rustic and contemporary aesthetics. Walk along the seafront as the cool breeze offers a lovely reprieve from the intense heat. Snap pictures of the landmark Fortress of Koules and the traditional colorful fishing boats in a 2-km stroll that highlights the authenticity of Heraklion.
Heraklion bursts with bars and clubs ranging from new-wave discos and traditional folk music bars to sophisticated wine bars and local tavernas. Sip creative cocktails in chic spaces along the harbor, or cheer with raki in more laid-back joints. An array of nightclubs in the city center promise unforgettable dancing nights.
Insider tip: Head to the bustling Sofokli Venizelou street to find some of the most lively bars and clubs!