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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 !
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.

Heraklion Ferries Crete Island

Ships and Ferries to Heraklion in the Crete Island
Travel Information for ferries to Heraklion. Heraklion - Crete Island

ON LINE Booking System for seats and tickets in real time.

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.

We wish you a pleasant trip!

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Α multileg reservation allows you
to combine 2 to 4 domestic routes
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even if the selected departures are
operated by different ferry companies.

Travel Guide Heraklion Crete Island Greece

HERAKLION > MYTHOLOGY

Mythology of  Heraklion Crete Greek Islands Greece

Many historians believe that Crete has been inhabited from prehistoric times and that the Minoan civilization was exclusively Cretan as it did not extend into mainland Greece. Crete has a special place in Greek mythology and as an influential leader from the start of the Hellenic civilization.

The source of the word Crete has not been accurately established as there are many contrasting etymologies. One of the Esperides was named Crete as was the wife of King Minos. One of the brides of Zeus was also called Crete. Kris, one of the sons of Zeus and his bride Ida, may have given his name to Crete. The highest mountain on Crete has his mother’s name - Ida.

Zeus, the father of the gods, was born in the Diktion cave located on the Lassithi Plateau. Zeus fled to Crete when Europe was abducted from the shores of Phoenicia, today’s Lebanon. Europe had three sons, Minos, Radamantho and Sarpidona. Minos married the enchantress Pasiphae, sister of Calypso and Circe - the heroines of Odysseus, after he seized the island. Minos dedicated a temple to the god Poseidon and asked for a bull to be sent for sacrifice at the new temple to honour the god of the sea.

Poseidon sent a white bull that was too beautiful to be sacrificed so Minos substituted another bull in its place. Poseidon was so angry at such an insult that he cursed Pasiphae to fall in love with the white bull. In order to fulfil her passion for the white bull, Pasiphae hid herself inside a wooden cow built by Daedalos and consummated her passion. The issue of this action was the Minotaur, a monster half man-half bull. The Minotaur was enclosed within the labyrinth, another of the works of Daedalos, and was killed by the Athenian prince Theseus to save Athina from the obligation of sending 10 maidens and 10 youths each year to feed the beast.