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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
Sitia
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 !
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Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
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before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

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Travel Guide Heraklion Crete Island Greece

HERAKLION > CHURCHES & MONASTERIES

St Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

St Mark’s Basilica was built in 1239 and is in the centre of Heraklion opposite the fountain in the Lion’s Square. It was the private church of the Venetian Governor of Crete. An earthquake destroyed the original church. The Basilica was converted into a mosque and used by the Turks until 1915.

St Mark’s Basilica was the most important Byzantium church in Heraklion where all major ceremonies took place. It has been restored and is now used for lectures, concerts and for the permanent exhibition of copies of Byzantium wall paintings of Crete.

Agios Mina Cathedral

Agios Mina Cathedral Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

Agios Minas is the patron saint of Heraklion and he has been accredited with many legends and miracles in the town. There are two churches dedicated to Agios Minas. The larger is the cathedral, consecrated in 1895, and it is the largest church in Crete. The smaller church was built in 1735, with uniquely carved wooden iconostasis and old Byzantium icons.

Agia Katerini Church

Agia Katerini Church Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

Agia Katerini was the church of the Sinai Monastery that was located here. It is beside the Agios Minas Cathedral in Heraklion. It was founded during the 2nd Byzantium period and was the spiritual and artistic centre between 15th -17th centuries. During the Turkish occupation it was transformed into a mosque with the name Pasha Zoulfiakap Ali.

Today the church houses the Ecclesiastical Arts Museum with its collection of Byzantium icons, writings, wall paintings of the 13th and 14th centuries, wood carvings and works by Cretan artists. Among its collections are six icons by Mihail Damaskinou, who was, it is believed, El Greco’s first teacher.

The Monastery of the Kalyviani Madonna

The Monastery of the Kalyviani Madonna Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Monastery of the Kalyviani Madonna is located 6 km west of Heraklion. It was founded in the 14th century and was abandoned after the Ottoman invasion. The old church has wall murals dating back to the 14th century.

The monastery today is run by nuns and houses an orphanage, an old people’s home and workshops with traditional handicrafts.

The Palianis Monastery

The Palianis Monastery Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greecee

The Paliani Monastery was founded in the 7th century and is considered to be one of the oldest in Crete. In the centre of the courtyard is a triple arched church of the 13th century with old wall paintings and icons. Beside the church is a tree, the Myrtle of Paliani. Legend has it that an icon of the Madonna was found among the roots of the tree. The tree is considered sacred and around which the monastery’s history is entwined.

The Vrondisiou Manastery

The Vrondisiou Manastery Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Vrontisiou Monastery is located between the villages of Zaros and Vorizia and is dedicated to Agios Antoniou. Although its foundation cannot be dated its name is recorded in documents of 1323 when there were four monks with the name of Brontisis.

The monastery was a religious, spiritual and national centre of Crete. It was also a centre for the Cretan revolutionaries in their fight against the Turks in 1866 at which time it was seriously damaged.

The St George Monastery

The St George Monastery Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Monastery of Agios Georgios is located 30 km from Heraklion. It is the largest monastery of registered and unregistered monks in Crete. The monastery was built in the later years of the Venetian occupation.