About Crete's CapitalHeraklion, Crete's capital is a modern, bustling city. It's not as interesting or beautiful as Chania or Rethimeno. Some even deem it ugly. However it is still worth a visit for two reasons. The ancient quarter surrounded by a wall built during the Venetian rule of the island is a sight worth experiencing.
The second attraction of the city is its impressive archeological museum, where important artifacts of the Minoan civilization - the ancient culture which ruled the island for about 1,200 years - are presented. Most of the artifacts in the museum were brought from the excavations of Knossos, an ancient Minoan city 5 kilometers away from Heraklion.
This is one of the largest cities in all of Greece. The nightlife is superb. Many tourists come to Heraklion and access the rest of Crete and by renting a car and reaching other accommodation and the sites you visit.