The prefecture of Heraklion, Greece is one of the four prefectures which form the beautiful Greek island of Crete. Heraklion has become a popular yacht charter destination and is becoming more and more talked about and visited due to the fact that it offers a complete Greek holiday experience.
The region of Heraklion has many developed tourist resorts, including Matala, Malia and Hersonissos. Heraklion Town is actually the biggest town in Crete and serves as the main transportation hub for Crete, with a busy port and airport.
The history of Heraklion started in the Minoan times, as is shown by the close ancient town of Knossos, the most developed of all Minoan towns in Crete.
After the Minoan times, Heraklion flourished again as an important port of the Byzantine Empire. After the fall of Crete to the Venetians, the town developed economically because of trade.
Attention was paid to the education and many impressive buildings, like the Loggia, were constructed to house public works. This is also when Koules Fortress around the port of Heraklion was built, to protect the island from pirates and from the Turkish fleet.
Heraklion is a world renowned yacht charter destination and has a beautiful port where you can moor your yacht and enjoy a sun set while on deck sipping a cocktail. Once you set foot on land you will be presented with an array of things to do and see.
About 67 km south west of Heraklion Town you will find Matala, which is the most famous resort on the southern side of Heraklion Crete. The organized beach next to some strange rock formations offers a nice environment to relax.
Around 28 km east of Heraklion Town is the beach of Hersonissos which is among the most popular in Heraklion Crete. It is well organized and has many water sports centres.
5 km west of Heraklion Town you will find Ammoudara, it is a very long, sandy beach with clean water. The organized coast and the close distance from Heraklion Town makes it very popular.
Because of the great weather and conditions Heraklion offers, you can practise almost every water sport imaginable, such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, kite surfing, windsurfing, and so much more.
The Minoan Palace of Knossos lays about 5 km south of Heraklion Town. This is the most famous and largest Minoan site in Greece.