Heraklion is a big, lovely and very lively city. As it is the administrative
and economic centre not only of the prefecture but also of the whole of Crete,
it offers all kinds of facilities to the visitor: banks and other financial
services, travel agencies, rent a car agencies, any kind of department stores,
supermarkets, etc. In case of emergency public and private hospitals are
available, as well a wide range of private doctors of all specialties and,
of course, numerous drugstores.
Heraklion is one of the most popular destinations
and the spots of attraction of tourists, both Greeks and from abroad,
mainly thanks to Knossos and the nearby tourist resorts. As a result
accommodation is plenty, within the city center, at the near by beaches
and villages , in the suburbs or in short distance from the city. Many
hotels, studios and rooms to let or even small apartments for longer
rent are available and can satisfy any desire and any budget.
As in every other place in Crete, food and drink is abundant in the
city. Taverns, restaurants of various tastes, street food, cafes, pastry
shops and bars can be found everywhere. The locals like good food and
drink and enjoy very much eating and drinking with friends; the ancient
greek tradition of the "symposia" is still alive and food is almost always
accompanied with chattering, songs and dance.