I can't believe that it's been three years since our last trip to Greece. It was the year 2010 when we did a lot of traveling. We gave traveling a miss this year because we're preparing for something big, but as soon as we get things sorted, I'm sure our itchy feet will be back on track.
It was September 2010 when we decided to visit Greece. In fact, we only wanted to go to Santorini, but since air fares to Santorini were quite expensive, we looked for cheaper alternatives. We found a cheap flight from Bristol to Heraklion, Crete. So from there we took the ferry to Santorini. As we didn't really plan our trip to this place ahead, we only managed to visit a few places.
Our hotel wasn't exactly in the centre of town but it was close enough, about 15-20 minutes walk. It was also about 6km or 10 minutes bus ride to Knossos.
The Knossos is an archeological site and is considered as the oldest city in Europe. It is located about 5km south of Heraklion.
After a couple of hours in Knossos, we headed to the Venetian harbour to pick up our ferry tickets to Santorini. Then we had lunch at a restaurant by the harbour. Unfortunately, I was not able to take down the name of the restaurant where we ate because I didn't think at that time that I would be blogging about our travels one day. But I can assure you that the food is very good and the price is just right. Besides, you will have a great view of the harbour.
The Venetian Harbour
Although we didn't have enough time to spend in Heraklion, we still managed to see most of it. From the harbour we walked to the centre of town.
For sure we also had a wee bit of time to go the beach, but unfortunately the resorts were closed at 6pm.
Heraklion is so worth of a lay-over. Whether you are looking for a weekend get away, or just an overnight stay in Greece, think Heraklion.