Heraklion, Greece is one of four prefectures that make up the island of Crete. The population in Heraklion is around 650,000 as of 2005-- making it Greece's fourth largest city. This capital city was founded in 824 AD by the Saracens, from this time on it went through many changes due to Europe s historical wars. Since 1913, it became part of the Kingdom of Greece, and has been a major port and ferry dock until present day. The draw to this island has always been the Mediterranean climate, with its hot and dry summers and moderate livable winters.
Being the economical center for the island, the tourism industry has lots to work with. Filled with important archaeological sites, traditional villages, sandy secluded beaches, and some of the most amazing landscapes, it's no wonder why this is an established resort town. The history is very alive-- Heraklion having numerous amounts of fountains situated all over the city, with buildings and churches in the background from centuries past. In its central market is the famous Koubes coffee house, with a variety of beans to choose from around the world. A traditional evening for Greeks is going out for a big meal and dancing at the bars or nightclubs. The majestic sea and warm breeze makes you want to indulge in this jasmine-scented island to the fullest. You come here once, and most people say that it will be a place to come for years.