The legendary Venetian Fortress of Heraklion, which is also called Koules (meaning ‘fortress’ in Turkish) or Castello a Mare (meaning ‘castle on the sea’ in Italian), is an impressive fortress that surrounds the city’s harbor. The massive fortress was built by the Venetians in the early 13th century, when they conquered the town. Today, the fortress occasionally hosts art exhibitions, plays or concerts. You can visit it every day except for Monday, from 8:30 am to 3 pm in the winter and 7 pm in the summer.
Opening hours:Tue-Sun 8.30am-7pm (summer); Tue-Sun 8.30am-3pm (winter)