Sightseeing & Museums

A Heraklion travel guide simply would not be complete without emphasizing the enormous historical significance of the surrounding area. Remarkable monuments from millennia ago offer a glimpse into what once was on the island, and extraordinary museums keep the spirit of the past alive.

  • The Palace Of Knossos
  • The Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Unearth the amazing history of the Palace of Knossos, one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. Located just 20 minutes from the Heraklion city center, Knossos personifies the greatness of a civilization that ruled thousands of years ago. During your time at Knossos, note the fantastic reimagined murals, imposing columns, and overall grandeur. Listen to the myths of the Minotaur and King Minos while imagining the outstanding way of life from a bygone era. For a truly in-depth experience, schedule an expert guide to walk you through the maze of the palace while giving you a detailed account of the powerful Minoans.

Insider Tip: Be sure to visit Knossos early in the day to beat the heat and the crowds!

To gain even greater insight into the Palace of Knossos, a visit to the Archaeological Museum will offer you a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of the Minoans. Explore a vast collection of gold jewelry, gems and findings from the Minoan, Greco-Roman and Classical eras. Today, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe’s most important museums and a must for history lovers of all ages.