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Crete Island - Heraklion: Point of Interest Map
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Chania, on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains and its famous National Park. The city of Chania remains unaltered from the time of the Venetian Rule.

Nestled alongside beautiful Mirabello Bay (the largest natural bay in Crete), on the northeast coast in East Crete. The prefecture is well-known for its interesting archaeological sites, as well as the one-of-a-kind in Europe Palm Tree Forest at Vai beach.

Laying in central Crete, Rethymnon is a radiant mix of old and new. It has a young and lively nightlife blended with ancient monuments from long-gone days and differing cultures.
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WHY HERAKLION?

Founded in 824 AD by an Arabic Muslim people, Heraklion is home to the world`s only comprehensive collection of Minoan artifacts. It has magnificent fortified walls and several other testimonies to the Venetians` time of power. Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the biggest center of population on Crete.

Nestling picturesquely among two imposing mountain ranges ├Źdi (Mt Psiloritis) to the west and Dikti (Lasithi├│tika mountains) to the east between the prefectures of Rethymno and Lassithi, on the eastern side of Crete, Heraklion is the most popular region of the island and boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a series of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards. It hosts intense nightlife close by in Malia, Hersonissos, Ammoudara and Agia Pelagia, and also many serene areas, particularly on the southern side. A drive around Heraklion will also bring you to traditional villages, medieval castles, Byzantine monasteries and nice beaches to relax. This region combines busy resorts and secluded coves.

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