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Heraklion - the capital

Named Candie during the Venetian occupation, then Megalo Kastro under the Turks, Heraklion (named after Heracles) became the capital of Crete in 1971. The imposing Venetian fort and its numerous historical museums will capture your imagination. With over 300,000 residents, the city’s vibrant local scene for tavernas, festivals, music and nightly events offer a glimpse of traditional and urban lifestyle.



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