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.