Museums in Heraklion city
The Historical Museum (http://www.historical-museum.gr/ ) of Crete is also located in the town of Heraklion with exhibits dating from the Byzantine period to the present. It also includes important historical documents and items of popular art. In addition, Old-Christian, Byzantine and Venetian finds as well as Turkish documents provide invaluable information about the history of the island. Recently the museum acquired a miniature model of the town of Heraklion as it existed during the Venetian rule. This model is exhibited in a specially arranged hall.
The museum also houses “Mount Sinai” by El Greco.
The Natural History Museum (http://www.nhmc.uoc.gr ) of Crete offers the visitor a unique chance of a rich experience of the natural environment of Crete. In a suitable exhibition area of 800 sq. m., with realistic models of biotopes, animal, and plant collections, as well as plenty of photographic material, the visitor discovers the natural beauty of Crete and mainland Greece.
Other sites of interest
Arolithos – Cretan Traditional Village (http://www.arolithos.com/) AROLITHOS is the unique traditional private Cretan village. It lies just 11 kilometers away from Heraklion, along the old national road connecting Heraklion with Rethymnon. Built on the slope of a mountain, in the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past of older generations as for their way of living while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations.
AROLITHOS is a family - run business. It was implemented with great passion and love for Cretan tradition. Its goal is to bring Cretan tradition, the customs and habits of the region, the architecture and the values of Cretan people into relief, through a project that will stay alive for a long time to come.
AROLITHOS is a Cretan word, which means «a rock’s hole gathering rainwater». The village AROLITHOShas taken that symbolic name because it encompasses the tradition and beauty of Crete, just like the hole in the rock gathers water. Here, visitors escape from the tiring everyday routine for a while and is taken back to the past, where everything used to be pure and genuine.
Cretaquarium (http://www.cretaquarium.gr/) This is where your experience exploring the Mediterranean sea world begins. Come face to face with hundreds of species and thousands of living organisms. Be fascinated by their behaviour as they reveal the wide variety of shapes, colors, habits and needs of their own world. Learn about them and reflect on what our common future may be
Acquaplus - The best Waterpark on Crete (http://www.acquaplus.gr/). ACQUA PLUS is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100000 satisfied clients per year, is situated 5km from Hersonissos and only 30km from the city of Heraklion. The water park is split in to two section connected to each other. The one section is for adults and includes a large number of extreme slides with high adrenaline and the other section for children. The water park offers from than 50 different slides, games and facilities. The stuff is very friendly and very helpful. The Park has received the Certificate of Excellence from the popular website Trip Advisor.
Labyrinth park (http://www.labyrinthpark.gr/ ). Enjoy an original, interactive and fun day for all the family! Enter the world of the Labyrinth and ask yourself, ‘could there possibly be any truth to all this?’ Just how much myth and how much reality is hidden behind the greatest tale of heroes ever told! Within the Labyrinth’s 1,200 sq m of frequently altered pathways, with stairways, overhead bridges and towers, the fascinating myth of the Greek Hero Theseus and the devastating, terrifying but tragic Minotaur, is brought to life…A myth which involves Gods and Monsters, Heroes and Kings, and the power struggle between the two main city states of the time – Athens and Crete.
Crete Golf (http://www.crete-golf.com). The Crete Golf Club is a championship golf course - the only 18-hole golf course on the island of Crete and one of the most impressive golf courses of the Mediterranean, which holds a unique challenge and a pleasant experience for both golf players and visitors all year round.