• Daedalus Street (right next to Capsis Astoria Hotel) is the busiest shopping street in Heraklion. Here, you will be able to find all the famous brands in clothing or you may stroll down the pedestrian area to enjoy a coffee or a drink, in some of the finest cafes and bars of the city.
  • Very close to Capsis Astoria Hotel, in Liontaria Square, where Daedalus Street ends, there is a wide variety of branded stores.
  • Municipal Market (located in just 5 minutes walk form Capsis Astoria Hotel), the parallel street to 1821 Street, is a must visit place.
  • Talos Mall, the newly built, beachfront mall is an excellent choice for dining, overlooking at the sea
  • ‘Karteros’ Beach in Amnisos.
  • ‘Hani Kokkini’ Beach, the vast sandy beach with shallow clean waters, 12 km east of Heraklion.
  • The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, contains almost all findings from the Minoan Crete.
  • The Natural History Museum of the University of Crete.
  • The Cretaquarium-Seaworld: It is the biggest aquarium in Greece and one of the most important in the Mediterranean.

Restaurant & Cafe

Daedalus Street, the Liberty Lions with squares and roads around them and the coastal road after the port, are the most classic choices for coffee and drink. Beautiful lively cafés and atmospheric bars offer pleasant refreshment breaks and fun. Talos shopping center in the newly constructed waterfront city is a very good choice for coffee and drinks overlooking the sea. On the beach, underneath, there is a specially designed area for walking, biking and playgrounds by the sea.

For your diet there are very good taverns with traditional Cretan cuisine both inside the center and the beach, where you will find fresh fish. Do not forget to visit the excellent restaurants that exist in nearby villages around Heraklion to enjoy : meat, pilaf , fried snails , delicious pies and other famous authentic Cretan specialties .


Due to its strategic position in the center of the Mediterranean and on the crossroads between the East and the West, Crete has always been the ‘apple of discord’ among the flourishing civilizations of the Mediterranean, born or come as conquerors to the region, mainly interested in naval tradition. One of the greatest civilizations of Antiquity, the Minoan civilization flourished on the island and even after its demise, Crete continued its fascinating journey in time, which gave some of the most impressive landmark, sites and monuments in history.

Carsis Astoria Heraklion in the center of Heraklion and of Crete makes your transportation around the city extremely easy, thus giving you the chance to fully experience and discover the special history of the island.

Points of interest

  • The Minoan Palace of Knossos (5 km south of  Heraklion), legendary residence of king Minos and the place of the mythical Labyrinth and of the Minotaur.
  • The Palace of Faistos (62.5km southwest of  Heraklion) with its magnificent architecture and almost perfect structure is considered the finest and most characteristic of all Minoan palaces.
  • The national park with the Samaria gorge is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Crete
  • The Old city and the port of Chania
  • Loutro in Sfakia, in the Libyan Sea
  • Kourna Lake and Argiroupolis in Rethymno
  • The traditional and icturesque mountain village of Anogia with the Ideon Andron and nearby (6km), the Cavern of Zoniana.
  • Agios Nikolaos in Lassithi
  • Elounda and Spinalonga island
  • The plateau of Lassithi and the "Diktaion Antron"


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.


The Venetian walls

Today reserved seven bastions and two of their four gates. The Door of Chania, from which the Candia communicated with throughout Western Crete has winged lion of St. Markou.I New Gate is on the south side of the enclosure and is newer . Bring decoration, inscription constructed ( 1587 ) . At the southernmost point of the walled enclosure is the rampart of Martinengo and on a plateau the modest grave of Nikos Kazantzakis.

The Loggia

Rectangular , two-story building, sleeker from the Venetian buildings of the city . Today it houses the Town Hall. It was built in 1626-1628 by the General Intendant Francesco Morosini , who built an homonymous fountain in the center of Venizelos square. In the Venetian was a gathering place and recreation for the nobility and the balconies of the Duke prosfonouse people or attending various ceremonies. The current building is a reconstruction of the destroyed old mansion .

The Castle or Koule

It is built at the entrance of the Venetian port in order to protect it from raids . On the sides are preserved pieces of built , carved lions of Saint Mark who adorned . It is open for visits by the public , and the top has formed an open air theater . The name Koules is Turkish . The Venetians called it RoccaalMare.


The church of St. Titus , the patron saint of the island, in the homonym square. Alloyed eastern and western architectural elements . It was originally built by the Byzantines . After conversion from the Venetians and the Turks, who used it as the true Catholic cathedral , and the like mosque destroyed by the great earthquake of 1856. In 1872 it was rebuilt and later made ​​some amendments to operate again as orthodox church. Here is kept the holy skull of Saint Titus .

The Church of Saint Mark

It was built by the Venetians who dedicated it to their patron . The Turks after the fall of Heraklion turned it into a mosque , adding the minarets . In 1956 he restored in Venetian form. Today it is used as a House of Letters , as a place of permanent exhibition of copies of Byzantine frescoes and as a concert hall .

The cathedral of Saint Minas

Impressive church of the largest in Greece . He crucified figure with four equal antennas, majestic dome and two tall spiers . In the northwest corner stands the old church of Agios Minas and the Visitation .


The Historical Museum of Crete was founded in 1953 by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies. The museum presents a comprehensive view of Cretan history from early Christian times to the modern era. The Fine Arts Museum is a private art museum. Founded in May 2000 by K. Schizakis. The activities of the museum organizes educational seminars and lectures on issues of artistic creation. It features a permanent exhibition spaces and art mainly Cretan artists.

Vikelaia Library

On the floor of the municipal hall "Aktar". Founded in 1910 with books donated by Dimitrios Vikelas scholar , poet and novelist , who is also known as the first president of the International Olympic Committee and leader of the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. The number of library volumes is 80,000 .



Plateia Eleutherias 11, Heraklion Crete, Postcode: 71201
E-mail: info@astoriacapsis.gr
Tel.: 30 2810 343080-2
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