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Ships and Ferries to Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

Travel information for Ferries.
Ships and Ferries to Heraklion - Crete Island.

Heraklion and the Crete island in general are connected
to the port of Piraeus. There are evening departures
to the ports of Chania (Souda), Rethymno, Heraklion
and Agios Nikolaos every day, all year long.

In addition, there are ferry connections from Crete
ferry to the Cycladic islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Milos and also to the islands of Kythira, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, and basically all Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands via a third island.

Your trip to Crete can be with a conventional ferry boat or Highspeed depending on the day, the time and the ferry company you wish to travel with.

Your trip to Crete, Heraklion will last approximately
8-9 hours and to Chania 7-8 hours, travelling during
the night, whereas the same daily trip lasts 6 and 5
hours respectively. If you decide to visit Rhodes first,
you can reach Heraklion through Sitia's port (Karpathos,
St Nikolaos) and your trip will last approximately 12
hours. From the island of Santorini the trip to Heraklion with a high speed ferry will last no more than 2.30 hours

Ferries from Piraeus to Crete run all year round on a
daily basis. However, during the summer, Easter and holidays in general there is an additional daily route
for you to choose, according to the increased demand.

1. Piraeus - Crete Heraklion
2. Piraeus - Crete Chania
3. Piraeus - Crete Rethymno
4. Piraeus - Crete Agios Nikolaos
5. Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Santorini
Crete Heraklion
6. Piraeus - Milos - Crete Rethymno
7. Gythion - Kythira - Crete Kissamos
8. Mykonos - Santorini - Crete Heraklion
9. Rhodes - Karpathos - Crete Sitia
Agios Nikolaos

Attention !
The above mentioned information is subject to alteration. To be sure about correct schedules, departure and arrival times of conventional and highspeed ferries check the ONLINE Booking System.

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Ships and Ferries to Heraklion in the Crete Island
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Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
sent to you or to collect them from the port office on the day of departure about 2 hours
before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

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Α multileg reservation allows you
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(routes within Greece) in one reservation,
even if the selected departures are
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Travel Guide Heraklion Crete Island Greece



Knossos Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Royal Palace of Knossos is the largest of the Minoan period; a building complex covering an area of 22,000 m² situated 5 km south of Heraklion. The palace belonged to the Minoan King, Minos.

The first palace was built about 2000 B.C., but the southern end was destroyed about 1900 B.C. by an earthquake, which was again destroyed by another earthquake about 1700 B.C. The similarity of building styles between the palaces of Malia and Phaestos are in contrast to the first palace of Knossos. Significantly, the corridors at Knossos do not follow a straight line and justify the myth of a labyrinth. A larger palace was built around 15th century B.C. In the throne room was the administrative centre from where the rulers gathered and governed the island. The palace was again destroyed in 14th century B.C., this time by fire when it ceased to be the ruling centre.

The first excavations of Knossos were begun by M Kalokerinou in 1878 and were continued in 1900 by Sir Arthur Evans, an Englishman, who found the basic structure. Excavations continued with Sir Arthur reinforcing the palace until 1931.


Phaestos Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Minoan Palace of Phaestos is the second largest after Knossos covering an area of 18,000 m² and is built on a hill to the western end of the Messara plain. Phaestos was ruled by Radamanos, brother of Minos and is estimated to have been built around 1900 BC, but was destroyed 200 years later by an earthquake. A new, larger palace was built which was destroyed in 1450 BC, possibly by the eruption of the volcano of Santorini.

Excavations of the site began in 1884 by the Italians, Halbherr and Taramelli. After the establishment of the Cretan state in 1898 further excavations were made by Halbherr and Pernier, 1900-1914. Later excavations were undertaken by Doro Levi, 1950-1971 overseen by the Italian Archaeological School of Athens. Some reinforcement has been done with concrete and covered in part with plastic sheeting.

The Royal Villa of the Holy Trinity

The Royal Villa of the Holy Trinity Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Royal Villa of Agia Triada is located 3 km from Phaestos and 64 km from Heraklion. It was built on a hill around 1600 BC and is a fine example of Minoan architecture. It is believed to have been used as a summer palace by the king of Phaestos. It was destroyed around 1400 BC. The most important of the relics found was a sarcophagus during one of the excavations on the site from 1902 onwards.


Malia Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Minoan Palace at Malia was not as elaborate as Knossos. The site has been occupied from Neolithic times and inhabited from the 3rd millennium up to the prehistoric period. Its location shows that it was important for naval and trading activities. The palace was destroyed about 1450 BC. Excavations began in 1915.


Gortyna Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The site of Gortyna was inhabited for the first time towards the end of the Neolithic period, but its development is from after the Minoan period. Relics of the archaic period were found in the area of the acropolis. According to the Laws of 5th century BC, the development of the town continued into the Hellenic period.

During the Roman occupation Gortyna became an ally of Rome and was the capital of Crete. It was totally destroyed by the Saracens in 824 AD.


The habitation of the village of Paleohora, Amnissos, began during the middle Minoan period, about 1900 BC. The name of Amnissos is referred to in the Linear B tablets. The Villa of the Lilies was destroyed by fire in 15th century BC, as were the other places of the Minoan period, probably by the catastrophic explosions of the volcano on Santorini.

The complexes C and E continued to be inhabited up to 12th century BC. During the 7th century BC the Temple of Dios Themata was founded and continued to be used until 2nd century AD. The hill was again occupied during the Venetian period.