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Walking around town

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Walking around town

My wife and I will be spending some time in Plakias and when we arrive back in Heraklion we will have several hours to kill before going to the airport. Any suggestions on where to walk starting from the bus station, or starting from the Marin Dream Hotel? Is the Venetian Harbour close to the Marin Dream?

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1. Re: Walking around town

The bus station, harbour and Marin Dream are all within 2 minutes walk of one another.

To have a walk round the town centre, walk along Epimenidou (with the sea away to your right) till you get to 25 August St. Turn left up there, and you pass many lovely buildings and will get to a big square, where there is a fountain and some big gyros places. Carry on and you will get to the tourist market area of 1866, and to a lesser extent 1821, streets.

There are some massive Venetian walls surrounding the centre of the city, and it's good to walk along some of them - in some places on top. On the western side of the city they are relatively quiet, whereas in the centre and east they are pretty hectic. Also of course there is the Archaeological museum - I'm not sure if it's still in temporary accommodation, someone on here will know.

It's also good to just wander round the streets, presuming you will be there when the shops are open.

Finally, the whole area around Eleftherias Square is great for people-watching. From there you can walk back down to the sea front.

Make sure you have a decent map of the city centre. Some parts are pretty hilly, and sometimes roads don't connect like you expect them to, particularly in the area round the walls going back down towards the harbour.

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2. Re: Walking around town

Thanks for that.....its pretty helpful. Hopefully the weather is good....worried about it in Tarifa Spain last year in early October and it was upper 20s when we were there!

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3. Re: Walking around town

Hi,

You can also visit the castle of Koules in Heraklion's old port. It's in excellent condition. If you google it you'll see that it was part of the fortifications of the longest siege in history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Candia.

Many of the remaining strong walls and entrances of the old town of Candia (Modern day Heraklion) still remain in good contition even today.

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4. Re: Walking around town

If you have a smartphone with you, there is a very nice free walking tour app for Heraklion for both Apple & Android which is also available for use offline if you want.

You can download it from the Appstore/Google play (using your hotel's free wifi)

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5. Re: Walking around town

Unfortunately, Koule fortress is closed to visitors for renovation, and judging by the concreted-in wire fence that surrounds it, it looks like a long job. We were there last week. The Priouli fountain is covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting too.

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