Heraklion is a living museum as its well preserved Venetian walls dominate in every corner of the city. Countless monuments of the same period create a special atmosphere, taking you back to the medieval times of pirates and knights.
The history and the vast cultural heritage of Heraklion begin, however, much earlier in the period of one of the brightest cultures in Greece, the Minoan, for which we know so little but it excites us so much. The historical and cultural value of Heraklion continued from there, since it became the hometown of many great thinkers and writers, such as: the Renaissance painter El Greco (1541-1614), the writer and poet Vitsentzos Kornaros (1553-1613), the mathematician and astronomer Fragkiskos Barokios (1537-1604), the painter Konstantinos Volonakis (1837-1907), the painter Michael Damascene (1530/35-1592/93), the great thinker Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), the Nobel laureate poet Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996) and the author Ellie Alexiou (1894-1988).
Having Capsis Astoria Heraklion as your base, explore the impressive history of Heraklion in time, learn about its important cultural heritage and introduce yourself with the unique Cretan tradition, which holds many pleasant surprises.