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The city of Heraklion enjoys its reputation as one of the most attractive Mediterranean capitals.

It has enough to offer that the cultural tastes and shopping needs of both the visitors and the residents are fully catered for.

The entire summertime, the Municipality of Heraklion organises artistic events in its open, graphic garden amphitheatres, situated under the Venetian Walls.

Dancing, singing, music, theatre, folklore, compose this Festival that begins in June and finishes in September. Discos, bars, Cretan Taverns with Cretan music and dances, but also popular shops with music and dances from all Greece are laid out all over Heraklion.

Ιn Heraklion are found the most ancient monuments and the samples of the first culture of Europe, the testimonies of Western Culture.

Knosos, the cultural centre of Minoan civilization, constructed between 1700 with 1300 B.C, has as major feature, the Great Palace, which covers an area of five acres and consists of over 1,000 rooms connected with corridors and hallways.

The healthy Cretan diet but also the international cousin is at the disposal of everybody that loves good food and has the choice among crowds of restaurants and taverns of each category.

Local “rakadika”, “oyzerj', fish-tavernes, are unique for the tasty food, drinks and their good prices.

The region offers a wide selection of luxury hotels, hotel resorts, budget hotels, villas, apartments, rooms for rent and studios within all price ranges.

Owing to its excellent infrastructure and splendid setting, Heraklion is also a popular location for business conferences, scientific conventions and social events, providing fully-equipped conference hotels.