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Olive Green eco-friendly hotel is located in the heart of Heraklion and absolutely is the perfect starting point to its lively and interesting capital.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the most important and significant museums in Greece. The museum was built between 1937-1940, and boasts 20 rooms with exhibits originating exclusively from Crete. The collections come mostly from central and eastern Crete, and cover a span of 5.500 years. The exhibits are presented following the chronological evolution of the Minoan civilization. It is located in the center of the town just 100 meters from the Hotel.

Another important museum is the Historical Museum of Crete, the museum was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies. It is housed in a three storey neoclassical building, owned by the Kalokairinos family, and represents an important element of Cretan history and tradition. It comprises 12 rooms, showing the evolution of Cretan civilization, from the Christian  period until the 20th century. Its collections include pictures, historical heirlooms, books, maps, Cretan costumes and many other exhibits depicting the Crete of the past.

Natural History Museum of CreteIn the Natural History Museum of Crete, visitors become familiar with the flora and fauna of Crete and mainland Greece. A key focus of the museum is to enable visitors to understand the relation between the old civilizations and the natural environment; to learn about the impressive past, and the future of Crete and the Mediterranean, through fossils, rocks and minerals.

Museum of Visual Arts : The Heraklion Museum of Visual Arts (METH) was established in 2000 by K. Schizakis and is a meeting place between artists and their publics. It is a place of intellectual development, education and entertainment. The museum hosts important art and culture events. Information: (0030) 2810 226683

Koules Fortress.  The Venice of the East, as it was described during the Venetian rule, Koules is the trademark of the medieval city of Heraklion. Koules Fortress was built in 1523-1540 offering a spectacular view to the Cretan Sea, and is the vigilant sentry that protects the city of Heraklion.

Tomb of N. Kazantzakis: The tomb of the most beloved writer of Crete is located on the southern part of the Venetian Walls, on the highest point of the Venetian fortification at the Martinego cavalier. Its wooden cross bears his famous quote: I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. Offering a view to the entire city of Heraklion, this landmark makes clear that no homage will ever be enough for this great man.

The Palace of Knossos. Knossos is the most important and majestic creation of the Minoan Civilization, a sacred cultural heritage of Greece, and a world renowned monument. Located 5 km southeast of Heraklion, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, expanding over a surface of 22.000 m2, is visited by thousands of tourists and locals every year.

St. Markus basilica is also located at Venizelou square and now used as: lecture hall, exhibitions, other cultural events and houses the municipal library too. Built by the Venetians in 1239. The Dukes used to attend the church services and also got buried there. From the entrance of the church the public herald announced (verbally) the Dukes’ directives to the people.

Explore the Venetian Walls. The Venetian walls represent the most formidable project of Venetian rule. They were first built in the 15th century whereas extensions and improvements were carried out during the 16th and 17th centuries. The main architect was one of the famous army engineers of the 16th century, Michele San Michele of Verona. The perimeter has a length of 3 km reinforced with three ramparts which are still maintained. It has four gates: the pier gate at the harbour, the gate of Lazaretto, the gate of the Pantocrator or Panigra known today as the gate of Chania, and the fourth gate is on the south side called the gate of Jesus or new gate. Proceeding along the perimeter we reach the impregnable bastion of Martinego, the highest point on a peak where the walls meet forming a triangle into the peninsula. Here in lies the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957) from where one can enjoy a panoramic a breathtaking view.

Saint Minas Cathedral is the metropolitan church situated at Agia Ekaterini square. Built during 1862- 1895 is one of the most impressive churches as regards size and position. It is in the shape of a cross with a dome and four equidistant pillars. On the western corner of the metropolitan church is a tiny, older church of Agios Minas (again) which has ornate wood carvings and icons from the 18th century. It is not known when it was built. This small church since 1735 functioned for a substantial period of time as the metropolitan church until displaced by the big church. Nearby the archbisopric of Crete is located.

St. Titus Church. Along, past the middle of 25th August street, on the left side is the square where St. Titus is located, the protector of the island. Initially a Byzantine temple and during its many historical phases suffered substantial damages: renovations including major alterations by the Venetians in the 16th century and used as the metropolitan church by the Catholics. During Turkish rule it was converted into a mosque- the “Vezir mosque”, destroyed in the big earthquake of 1856, rebuilt on its own foundations in 1872. In 1926 it again became an Orthodox church after undergoing relative repairs and alterations. The combination of a variety of architectural elements can be seen supporting its multi-faceted history. Within St. Titus is preserved the skull of the saint after it had been returned from Venice where it was initially sent during the sacking of Heraklion by the Turks.

Morozini Fountain This is situated in the center of Venizelou square, inaugurated by the Venetian administrator Francesco Morozini. Water issues from spouts in the mouths of four lions, dating from the 14th century, the decor of the eight troughs of the fountain consist of reliefs from scenes in Greek mythology on top of which is ensconced a gigantic statue of Poseidon holding his trident which unfortunately got destroyed during Turkish rule. The fountain was connected to the aqueduct (also constructed by Morozini) transporting waters from the Yuchta slopes to Heraklion.

Located 63 km south-west of Heraklion, the ruins of Phaistos palace are the second most significant palace complex of Minoan Crete and unique cradle of cultural wealth. The old and the new palace, the royal living accommodations, the storage areas, the workshops etc. stand out from the monuments of Phaistos archaeological site. The most important finding displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is the famous 'Phaistos Disc'.

With a history of thousands of years, Gortyn or Gortys, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and erstwhile capital of Crete in the past, welcomes us. 45 minutes from Heraklion, the beating heart of the story by the famous Praetorium. Near the plates with the laws of Gortyn, the Roman theater and baths, the Temple of Apollo, the surviving ancient coins and in each find and exhibit maximum cultural value. Gortyn other outside the ruins of St. Titus, who was one of the first churches of Christendom.

The large Cretaquarium, 15 km east of Heraklion (located at the former American Base in Gournes) offers its visitors a great view to the Mediterranean's sea wealth. Those wishing to live the magical experience of the silent world of the sea are welcome to come 'face to face' with hundreds of species and thousands of sea organisms.

For wine lovers, we propose the Buttari's winery in Skalani village (13km), We propose the guided tour  through the wine making process, the installations and the barrel cellars.

Explore Rethymno's old town, perhaps the prettiest of Crete's Venetian cities and especially the waterfront and the streets just behind. Walk along the .harbour wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians in 1573 to protect the city. Not only are walls, churches and the remains of its buildings of interest, the view from it to the town area great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.

Lassithi Plateau is ideal for those who love cycling. Enjoy the 18km ride that goes through almost all the little villages. This ride is especially nice.

Visit the small town of Agios Nikolaos, the town with its unique features, the lake ("Voulismeni"), a folklore-inspiringly deep body of water which is connected to the sea by a narrow inlet. It is surrounded and overlooked by cafes and restaurants - a busy gathering place for local residents and visitors alike.

Next  stop is the cosmopolitan Elounda. The way from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda is one of the most beautiful ways on the island. Keep driving till the village of Plaka, with the marvelous view to Spinalonga  island. A visit to the island is a must and will be unforgettable!

 For golf lovers, the Crete Golf Club, the only 18-hole golf course on the island and one of the most impressive courses of the Mediterranean, which holds a unique challenge and a pleasant experience for both golf players and visitors all year round, is located just 25 km away.

We propose to organise a full day excursions to the south coasts, like the well organised Matala beach, famous since 1960, as the hipes used to live there, in the caves, facing the bay and  organising parties. You can also visit the next  beach Komos, a long sandy beach. with many trees for natural shadow. It would be better to go there a quite day with no wind.

Our  third beach proposal is the beach Agiofarago, just have in mind that from the parking place you need to walk 30 min. to reach the beach. At that beach you will feel that you have a private beach. At this beach there are also rocks appropriate for climbing. If you like climbing, don't forget your equipment.

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