Fly to the holiday island of Crete with Ellinair

25.07.2016
Maiden Flight Ellinair from Tegel to Heraklion

The Greek airline Ellinair has started operating flights out of Berlin. It now links the German capital with Heraklion on the holiday island of Crete. A Boeing 737 departs from Berlin-Tegel at 1.25 p.m. every Saturday and lands on Crete at 5.40 p.m.

Heraklion

The capital of Crete is located on the north coast of the Greek island, which is popular with holidaymakers. With its population of approximately 140,000, Heraklion is both the island’s largest city and its cultural and commercial heart. Heraklion Archaeological Museum – one of the most important in Europe – offers a unique insight into Minoan culture, Europe’s first advanced civilisation. The city has plenty of sights and squares worth visiting, including the Venetian harbour with the two-tiered Koules fortress and its 5.5-kilometre-long defensive walls, Morosini Square (Lions Square) with the Lions Fountain, the Church of Agios Titos, the two-storey Loggia (town hall) built in the Italian renaissance style and the lush Public Garden.

Nearby sights

The island is brimming with sights, archaeological sites and varied scenery encompassing both mountains and the sea. All of these are easy to reach from Heraklion. Attractions include the famous ruins of the Palace of Knossos just five kilometres south of the city, the Palace of Phaistos overlooking the Messara Plain and the footpath through the 17-kilometre-long Samaria Gorge. The European long-distance path E4 crosses the island. Countless beaches and crystal-clear water also make taking a dip an inviting option.

Heraklion Airport

Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is approximately three kilometres east of the city centre and is the largest and busiest airport on the island. It takes just a few minutes to reach the centre of Heraklion by taxi or bus. There are lots of rental car companies based at the airport too. Frequent bus services also link the airport with almost every town and tourist attraction on the island. 

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