The largest and most densely populated region on the island of Crete is Heráklion (Iráklion). Nestling picturesquely among two imposing mountain ranges – Ídi (Mt Psiloritis) to the west and Dikti (Lasithiótika mountains) to the east– Heráklion boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a series of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards as well as the best organised tourist infrastructure in Crete. A unique combination of urban scenery and natural wealth makes the region of Heráklion an appealing all-year-round destination. Discover the natural wealth of Heráklion in its stunning gorges (Karterós, Almyrós, Roúvas, Vorisianó, etc.), in the Ecologic-Archaeological Park of Mount Yoúchtas and in a number of caves (most of which are accessible to the public). Explore among others the cave of Ayía Paraskeví, which is said to be part of the Minoan Labyrinth or the cave of Faneroméni. Follow centuries-old footpaths that formed the road network of past times, and explore wonders of nature and the history of the region at the same time.

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