Iraklion (Heraklion) is the largest city and administrative capital of the island of Crete, Greece. It's one of the biggest cities in Greece. In 2011 census, the population of the city was 140,730 inhabitants, and municipality's was 173,990 while Heraklion urban area features a population of 225,570 and it extends over an area of 684 km2 (264 sq. miles).
Heraklion is the capital city of Heraklion regional unit. The Palace of Minos, also known as the Bronze Age palace of Knossos, is located nearby. Heraklion is situated near the ruins of the palace of Knossos. In Minoan times it was the biggest centre of population on Crete. Even though there is no archaeological evidence of it, Knossos may have had a port at the site of Heraklion as early as 2000 BC. Heraklion is an important ferry dock and shipping port. Tourists can take ferries and boats from Iraklion to destinations including Ios Island, Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. There are also daily ferries to Piraeus, port of Athens in mainland Greece.
At the port of the city of Iraklion dominate the Venetian constructions like Koules Fortress (Rocca al Mare), ramparts and arsenal. Around the city can be found several statues, sculptures and busts commemorating significant events and figures of island's and city's history, like El Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis, Eleftherios Venizelos and Vitsentzos Kornaros. Also, many fountains of Venetian-era are preserved, like Bembo fountain, Palmeti fountain, Priuli fountain, Morosini fountain and Sagredo fountain (in Lions Square).
Heraklion cruise port news
In 2016, the port had scheduled cruise ship traffic of a total of 170 ship visits and around 220,000 passengers. These numbers are close to the port's 2015 statistics. The port's new cruise ship terminal (total area 2500 m2 / 26900 ft2) has all hte facilities and staff to conduct passenger clearance *passport and security), plus a separate check-in area dedicated to embarking passengers. The port may expect in near future a shipping traffic increase due to the political situations in Turkey and Egypt. Note: In 2016, almost all Mediterranean cruise lines cancelled their scheduled calls at ports in Turkey and diverted their vessels to Greek cruise ports instead.
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Highlights: Knossos, Panaghia Monastery, Palace of Phestos
The Heraklion cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
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Port Heraklion cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Heraklion, Crete, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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16 January, 2017