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Reasons to visit Heraklion, Crete on a city Spring break

One of the most wonderful seasons of the year is upon us. Spring is here and nature rejoices! A season of renewal, warmer temperatures and a world of possibilities for travellers. Heraklion and Galaxy Hotel Iraklio welcomes the precursor of Summer with the best of intentions. The capital city of Crete awaits visitors and residents to take to its streets, and enjoy the outdoors from morning till night and indulging in its unique ambiance. It is a place that expertly blends together the vibes of an island with the aura of a cosmopolitan city, thus offering a combination that allures many types of travellers. If you have not visited Heraklion during this time of year, you ought to hurry.Here are the top 3 reasons to visit Heraklion on a city Spring break.

Arhanes Village in Crete

Arhanes Village in Crete

Knossos Palace in Heraklion Crete

Knossos Palace in Heraklion, Crete

1) Shoulder season benefits
Reasons to visit Heraklion on a city Spring break start with the benefits of the shoulder season. Travelling just before and after peak season can prove to be a wonderful time for a most sensational getaway. The weather is at its most enjoyable, allowing for many hours of exploration, making the most of the open air museum that is Heraklion. It is not too hot nor too cold although you are still advised to have a light jacket when you are sitting in the shade away from direct sunlight for long periods of time. Nature is blooming, creating a beautiful scenic views, especially if you venture out to the hinterland or visit the nearby villages, such as Arhanes, that have been decorated with the first blossoms of Spring. Typically too, you can expect less crowds during shoulder season, as well as more affordable prices in airfares.   

Vegetarian options at Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

Vegetarian options at Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

2) Easter in Heraklion
Easter is a very important holiday in Greece. Each region has its own little ‘rituals’ when it comes to celebrating the ascension of Christ into the heavens, but apart from all the religious customs, there is a fair amount of fun and conviviality to be experienced. Get to experience the joys of the season first hand and benefit from the Heraklion Easter stay package that combines accommodation and special meals. It all culminates on Easter Sunday that is a whole spent in revelry, feasting, drinking and dancing. The 40 days running up to Easter are a gradual fast, a period of lent, and so its end on Easter Sunday is a meat lovers’ heaven, although there are plenty of options for vegetarians. Find out about all the festivities that take place during Easter in Crete.

Agios Minas Cathedral, Heraklion

Agios Minas Cathedral, Heraklion

Meat lovers meal at Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

Meat lovers meal at Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

3) Historic sites & Culture
Visiting Heraklion on a city Spring break means that you can get to explore all its sites. A coastal city that features an impressive harbour of high fortifications allows for strolling around Heraklion’s Venetian walls and of course the marvelous Koules fortress. Expect incredible 360 panoramic views from there, as far as the eye can see. The old town of Heraklion city is a small labyrinth of streets, each revealing charming little spots to stop, stare and take a snapshot or two or three. They all tend to gather around the Lion’s Square that boasts the beautiful marble Morosini Fountain which is an attraction in itself and a popular meeting point. Heraklion also has a handful of interesting churches to visit. The Cathedral of Agios Titos is located very centrally and looks absolutely magnificent especially during the evening. The churches of the patron saint Agios Minas which is spectacular, inside and out, Agios Mathaios Sinaites and Agios Markos which is also the Municipal Art Gallery are all worth a visit. Of course, Heraklion’s museums are home to some highly salient historical finds, such as the enigmatic Phaistos Disc displayed in the Archaeological Museum, while culture enthusiasts should not miss the chance to experience the astonishing Knossos Palace, which is one of the best preserved ancient monuments.

Morosini Lion Square Fountain Heraklion

Morosini Lion Square Fountain Heraklion

Agios Titos Church Heraklion Night time

Agios Titos Church Heraklion

Of course, there are more reasons to visit Heraklion that are not restricted to Spring, but are valid all year round. The landmarks are numerous. The famous Cretan cuisine appeases a wide range of palates with its exquisite delicacies and quality raw ingredients. The almost mandatory Cretan Raki that is exported to other areas in Greece and even abroad. The great tradition of Cretan wine making that has produced numerous fine appellations. The sincere, warm hospitality of the Cretan people of which Greeks from other regions often speak of. If you haven’t visited Heraklion, put it on your bucket list to do so soon!

Koules Fortress Heraklion Crete Night time

Koules Fortress Heraklion, Crete