The second attraction of the city is the 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 by renting a car and reaching other accommodation and the rest of the sites.