Saturday, 8 August 2009

Crete

Welcome to Iraklion (Heraklion) the capital of Crete, Cyclades, Greece. If you a big fan of ruins you probably wanted to know this : Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete.

[If you are interested on visiting Knossos, here is some details :
The Minoan Palace of Knossos tel: +30 2810 231940, +30 2810 226470, +30 2810 226092, +30 2810 224630 fax: +30 2810 241515 protocol@kgepka.culture.gr. Full ticket: €6, Reduced: €3; Special ticket package: Full: €10, Reduced: €5, valid for: Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Knossos Site, Open Winter: Daily 08.30-15.00 Summer: 08.00-19.30.]


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And what you see here is Heraklion Port, which is an important shipping port and ferry dock. The public can take ferries and boats from Heraklion to a multitude of destinations including Santorini, Ios Island, Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes, and mainland Greece.

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And you might have notice a small fort by the sea. That is the Fort of Koules ( the word means "fort" in turkish) overlooks the Venetian harbour. It was built by the Venetians in 1211, as soon as they took possesion of Megalo Kasto, as it was called Heraklion in Byzantine times. Initially,the fort was called "Rocca al Mare" ("rock at the sea").

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Nearby the bus station, you'll find an interesting tunnel that lit up on sunset time. Okay, this probably not as impressive finding as whatever you've seen in Mykonos or Santorini, which explain why compared to Mykonos and Santorini, Crete is far more affordable. You can find a nice studio room with swimming pool for a mere 45 Euro a night, double bedded.

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So, we'd basically just chilling out, take time to stroll down the coastal line and taking a closer look at the fortress.
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However, if you are looking for something far more special, why don't try to visit the historic town of Rethymno.It was built in antiquity (ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe), even though was never a competitive Minoan center. It was, however, strong enough to mint its own coins and maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town with two dolphins in a circle.

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The town is full of rustic looking building circling the harbour. You'll find yourself surrounded by ever so delicious fresh seafood patrons which offer not only cheap seafood but also an excellent sunset view.

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My trip in Greece ended here. I hope one day I shall return again one day, meanwhile I just gazing through my sweet memories visiting the cyclades. Until then.

5 comments:

Cath J said...

Beautiful places.. I wish to go there 1 there.. ^_^

Thanks for sharing the beautiful part of the world.. ^_^

GB

Natasha de Bell said...

wuih.. kerennnn...

Liss said...

This island has a slightly different feel to it then the other islands. It looks like a good place to end your holiday and relax with some cheaper prices.

Stardust said...

I certainly hope to travel Greece someday but if I don't, I think your pictures have satisfied me much. =)

Ayie said...

beautiful set of photos! Greece is a nice place to visit, rich culture and all. The fortress has a great architecture, love it.