3 Reasons to Choose Heraklion as a Home Base to Explore Crete in Greece

Speaking of Greece, people usually think about the blue and white backdrop of the breathtaking Santorini. But Crete is in fact the largest and most populous Greek island and in my opinion, a perfect getaway. My first stop on this island was its capital city, Heraklion.

Heraklion is a nostalgic city, full of historical heritage and old buildings. From museums, palaces, ruins, Lions Fountain to the distinctive yellow building style, it tells of the ancient history and culture of the Minoan civilisation, the very first advanced Bronze Age Civilisation in Europe. The civilisation dated back to around 2700 BC when Heraklion was the port of the centre of the civilisation, the Palace of Knossos. There are fascinating legends about the palace, one of which says King Minos, in Greek mythology the first king in Crete and son of Zeus, lived in the palace. The Minoan civilisation was named after him. It’s amazing how the Greek history is intertwined with mysterious legends.

Today the ruins of the palace remain on Kephala Hill. Through the frescos and remains we can learn more about one of the oldest and mysterious cultures on earth. A relaxing day like this in the old town marked the beginning of my trip in Crete.

The reasons why I chose Heraklion as a home base to explore Crete in Greece:

  1. There was a direct flight from Paris to Heraklion, and the hotel I stayed was only 15-minute drive away from the Heraklion Airport.
  2. The Heraklion Port is the main hub to take ferries to different islands  near Crete including Santorini.
  3. Heraklion is located in the middle of the north coast of Crete, making it convenient to go either East or West to different destinations.

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三大原因選擇伊拉克利翁作為發掘克里特島的根據地

說到希臘,人們不其然想起聖托里尼的藍白風光,大家都忘記了克里特島才是希臘最大及人口最多的島嶼。島上一派詩情畫意,絕對是完美的度假勝地。我在克里特島的第一站是其首都伊拉克利翁。

伊拉克利翁是米諾斯文明的的發源地,所以城內充滿歷史遺跡和建築,從博物館、宮殿、遺址、廣場,到標誌性的黃磚牆,一一印證着這重要的愛琴海文明的歷史和文化。米諾斯文明是歐洲較早期的青銅時代,可追溯至公元前約2700年,當時米諾斯文明的政治和經濟重心在克諾索斯宮殿,而伊拉克利翁就是克諾索斯的港口。關於克諾索斯宮殿的神話傳說有很多,例如說宙斯的兒子米諾斯是克里特島的第一個王,並住在克諾索斯宮殿中。而米諾斯文明亦以其來命名,這種歷史和神話交錯的故事為此地增添許多神秘色彩。

今天,克諾索斯宮殿的遺址仍佇立在凱夫拉山上,透過壁畫和遺蹟向我們訴說這古老神秘的文明。如此便度過輕鬆的一天,讓我在克里特島有個愉快的開始。

我選擇伊拉克利翁作為我發掘克里特島根據地的原因︰

  1. 交通方便,有直航從巴黎到伊拉克利翁,從伊拉克利翁機場到我住的酒店只需十五分鐘

  2. 伊拉克利翁港口是乘搭渡輪到達周邊島嶼包括聖托里尼的主要交通樞紐

  3. 伊拉克利翁位於克里特島北岸中部,方便前往東西兩邊不同目的地

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