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One of the most popular and fashionable places to spend the summer is Heraklion, the former Venetian Candia, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, which attracts thousands of tourists each year.
Strolling through the city streets, you can admire the beauty of the natural landscape, renowned for its heavenly beaches and crystal-clear sea, combined with the charm of its history, with interesting architectural remains that tell of a glorious past and reveal fascinating myths such as that of the flight of Icarus, the son of Daedalus, inextricably linked to the legend of the labyrinth of Knossos, where King Minos locked up the Minotaur, which was defeated by the Attic hero Theseus, with the help of Ariadne. If you are curious, just 5 km from Heraklion you can mix culture and mythology with a visit to the Palace of Knossos, the ruins of which were discovered by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans.
Heraklion is also home to important figures such as the poet Odysseus Elytis, Nobel Laureate for literature and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis, known for his novels "Zorba the Greek" and "The Last Temptation”, which inspired respectively the 1964 film of the same name by Michael Cacoyannis and, in 1988, Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ".
If you love the sea and culture, Heraklion is the place for you.
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