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Heraklion - Knossos - Archanes

Ierapetra - Heraklion - Knossos - Archanes
One way approx. 125.0 km, 2h 17 min driving time

Heraklion is the island’s capital and biggest city. A vibrant place full of life, Heraklion is ideal for shopping and relishing great cuisine. From gourmet restaurants to chilled out street food, this is the place to be for a gastronomy tour. The city also offers up-to-date cocktail bars and exquisite coffee places. Heraklion is best known for the Minoan palace of Knossos, an attraction to most tourists that visit the island. The ancient palace of Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered as Europe’s oldest city! Get a guided tour and wander around the site while listening to myths and stories of the amazing Minoan civilization.

Not to Miss

  • Visit the beautiful village of Houdetsi.
  • Spend a morning in Heraklion’s archaeological museum.
  • Drive up the mount of Giouhtas and enjoy the breathtaking view.

It is worth driving to the colorful Archanes village, just 20 minutes away from the site. One of the most picturesque and really well-preserved villages of the area. Enjoy your coffee at the main square and admire the beautiful, blossomed gardens of the old houses. There is a scenic route back to Ierapetra, through the villages: head south and follow the map to Viannos.



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