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Heraklion or Iraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete and capital of Heraklion regional unit. It is the fourth largest city in Greece with a municipal population of 177,064 and 211,370 in its wider metropolitan area according to the 2011 census. The Bronze Age palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace of Minos, is located 5.5 km (3.1m) southeast of the city.

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Charming Landmarks

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Important tips when visiting Heraklion

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At Heraklion International Airport, the summers are warm, humid, arid, and clear; the winters are long, cool, and mostly clear; and it is windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 84°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 89°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Heraklion International Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.

Activities and Entertainment

Explore the nuances of Knossos Palace, Get a taste of life at sea on a boat tour, Discover the beauty of Chrissi Island, Embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, Stroll along the Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion, Take a look around Lions Square, Get to know the local vines on a wine tour, Take a look at Dia Island, Get in touch with nature on a trip to Balos, Hit the trails and indulge in some hiking.

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