Heraklion (Crete Greece)

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Heraklion cruise port

Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
2021-01-17 08:53

min: 38 °F (3 °C) / max: 54 °F (13 °C) 45°F
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Heraklion (aka Iraklion) is the largest port city and capital of Crete Island, Greece. One of Greece's biggest cities, it has population around 175,000.

Port Heraklion (Crete) cruise port

Heraklion is an important seaport and a ferry dock. Regularly scheduled ferries serve the routes to the Greek islands Ios, Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. There are also daily ferries to Piraeus-Athens (mainland Greece).

Port Heraklion (Crete Island, Greece)

Among the most popular tourist sites near Heraklion are the ruins of the Palace of Minos (aka Knossos palace). In Minoan times (3650-1450 BC) it was the largest settlement on Crete Island. Even though there is no archaeological evidence of it, Knossos may have had a port at Heraklion as early as 2000 BC.

The city's architecture is dominated by Venetian buildings, 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 Crete's history (El Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis, Eleftherios Venizelos, Vitsentzos Kornaros). Many fountains of the Venetian-era are also well preserved (Bembo, Palmeti, Priuli, Morosini, Sagredo.

Heraklion cruise terminal

In 2016, Heraklion port had scheduled a total of 170 ship calls and handled around 220,000 passengers. These numbers were close to the port's 2015 statistics.

The new cruise ship terminal covers a total area of 2500 m2 (26900 ft2) and has all the facilities and staff needed to conduct passenger clearance (passport and security). There is a separate check-in area dedicated to embarking passengers.

The port may expect in near future an increase in passenger shipping traffic (both cruise and ferry) due to the political situations in Turkey and Egypt.

  • In 2016, almost all Mediterranean cruise lines cancelled their scheduled calls at ports in Turkey and diverted their vessels to Greek cruise ports instead.
  • In 2017, all major cruise companies (with big-sized vessels) cancelled their calls at Kusadasi - one of Turkey's largest resort destinations and cruise port to Ephesus. All ship calls were replaced with Greek islands, mainly to Rhodes and Santorini.

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