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Heraklion, Greece

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Heraklion is Crete's largest city, but even if you don't fancy a city break this is a good place to stay to be close to some of the island's most important historic sites – most famously the Palace of Minos at Knossos , which is where the story of the Minotaur in the labyrinth comes from – and the maze-like ruins back up mythology, and the Heraklion Museum, home of some of the great archaeological detritus of the Minoan civilisation. This is not as nice looking a place to stay as other Cretan towns, but the Venetian fortress and loggia, and the church of Saint Titus are quite elegant if you're walking round town.

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Amazing cafe cultureq

Heraklion is the place to sit and people watch and has plenty of lovely bar/cafes to choose from. One of the very best has to be Central or the Corner Bar. They're both located in the centre by the park and have a great buzz and friendly service.

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