Numerous thematic museums show Crete’s
glorious past and modern cultural life:
• Heráklion Archaeological Museum exhibits
significant findings of the Minoan Civilisation and
is considered to be one of the most important museums
of its kind in the world. Thousands excavation finds,
from the Disc of Phaestos to the gold pendant of Mália
and the clay dancers from Kamilári reveal an
ancient-old illustrious past.
• Heráklion Historical Museum presents
the evolution of the city during the centuries; among
the exhibits stand out three paintings by El Greco and
manuscripts of the famous author Nikos Kazantzakis.
• Cretan Ethnology Museum at Vóri reveals
the island’s folk life.
• Natural History Museum at Dermatás Bay
promotes the unique habitats in Crete and the Mediterranean.
Traditional settlements and historic villages built
on mountain slopes and valleys are often surrounded
by vineyards and olive groves. Discover the local architecture
and spirit of Crete at Arhánes, where neoclassic
nobility coexists with rural simplicity, or visit Episkopí
with its Byzantine churches. Áno Hersónissos
is a picturesque hamlet with Byzantine churches, old
wells and stone ovens.