AUTHENTIC PLACES TO VISIT DURING YOUR STAY IN REA HOTEL
Heraklion, the largest city of Crete, is a popular destination for the island’s visitors, as it combines recreation and tours to archaeological sites and museums. While walking on the paved streets of Heraklion, in the old city, one can observe the alternation between picturesque and modern styles, as buildings from different time periods stand side by side. Historical buildings, relics of past eras, unravel Heraklion’s long history.
Very close to Heraklion, you can find organized beaches, certified by a blue flag. Even if you do not have a car, the beaches can be accessed by bus, with the furthest one being 40 minutes away. Arina, Ammoudara and Amnissos are the most significant beaches.
Arhanes is a picturesque town, built at an altitude of 380 m. Is only 7 klms from the Palace of Knossos. The colorful village has been prized by the European Union as model for residential development. Many wonderful architectural buildings and Byzantine churches affirm the designation of Arhanes as an ideal traditional settlement. Visit the various taverns at the central square. Discover the methods the local people used to produce their precious products, wine and olive oil, by visiting the traditional olive and wine presses.
Arolithos is the unique traditional Cretan village. It is 11 klms away from Heraklion. Built in the wild Cretan landscape, is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past of older generations as for their way of living while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations. Its goal is to bring Cretan tradition, the habits of the region, the architecture and the values of Cretan people into relief, through a project that will stay alive for a long time to come.
You can be acquainted with a small part of the city’s and the island’s glorious history in Heraklion’s many museums. The Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Icons, the Museum of the Battle of Crete, the Natural History Museum and the renowned archaeological excavations of Knossos are the most important among them.
The Aquarium of Crete is one of Europe's largest and most modern aquariums. It has emerged as one of the largest European aquariums, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the marine world of the Mediterranean. It is located in the northwest. part of the former American Base of Gournes where, together with the building complexes of the research institutes of HCMR in Crete, constitutes the SEALSOSCOSMO, the largest marine science center and the Mediterranean marine community in the Mediterranean.