Sixt Sightseeing Tips
A stunning aspect of Heraklion is its Venetian era architecture. The Venetian Fortress of Rocca Al Mare still stands in the port, it is remarkably preserved and an iconic feature of the city. From the fortress you can walk or drive half a mile into the city center in around ten minutes. The center is still defined by the Venetian walls of the city which we highly recommend taking a walk around, the whole length will take you about an hour. At the heart of the center is the famous Lions square, like many squares in the city its Venetian fountain is superbly well preserved.
With a rapid expansion in size and historic shifts in the political landscape Heraklion can seem like a modern urban sprawl, but look harder and you will find it is filled with sights where its amazing history shines through. Another fine example of Venetian architecture is The Loggia, a Venetian city hall that has been restored to its former glory, now an ancient building with a modern use. We also recommend a visit to the Archealogical Museum where you can see art from Europe's earliest civilization, the Minoans. The museum is revered worldwide for its collection that has a chronological span of 5,500 years.