Major Cities of Crete

Heraklion  is a city with one foot rooted in the past, the other stepping into the future. Currently the population of Heraklion is approximately 150000 people. It is a very dynamic and cosmopolitan town, particularly during the summer period when thousands of visitors can be seen shopping in the market or visiting the museums and other places of interest. Today Heraklion is the top choice for tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

A trip to Chania (pronounced Hanya) is strongly recommended. The city is only a 30 minutes trip away by modern regularly scheduled buses or your own car. This has to be the most beautiful port city in all of Greece. Here the swallows are flying high in the clear blue sky over the semicircle of venetian houses that surrounds the picturesque old port. Tables at the numerous bars and tavernas are plentiful along the dock side. Behind the port you will find narrow streets free from cars, with plenty of shops offering a variety of locally made jewellery, pieces of art, leatherwear, pottery etc,  You will also find a large indoor market offering local produce, vegetables, cheeses, meats, spices and herbs. During the week you will also find a number of local markets in various parts of the city. The traditional Cretan cuisine is still very much alive and has resulted in the Cretans enjoying the longest life expectancy in Europe.

The city of Rethymno  is an ideal tourist destination for visitors who wish to explore the rich cultural heritage and the natural beauties of Crete. This well-organized city offers to visitors a variety of picturesque routes to follow and numerous historical monuments to visit. The old city of Rethymno still preserves its old urban structure to a great extend, formed during the Venetian period and later reformed during the Turkish occupation.

The capital of the Lassithi prefecture since 1904,Agios Nikolaos is a picturesque town in the eastern region of Crete. Built on the northwest side of the peaceful Mirabello Bay, it was named after the charming Byzantine chapel of St. Nicholas that was erected on the spot called "Nissi" during the 7th century AD.  The chapel has a number of well-preserved frescoes from the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries and rewards its visitors with a breathtaking view of the town and bay.