Venetitian Fortress of Koules – Heraklion city center

  1. Departure from your location
  2. Arrival in Koules
  3. Duration of stay
  4. Departure for a walk in the city and other attractions
  5. Length of stay in the city
  6. Return to your selected destination

Koules is the name of the sea fortress that dominates the port of Heraklion and is one of the most important sights of the city that when viewed from above resembles the face of a horse.

It was built by the Venetians to protect the city from invaders and the landings of other conquerors and is located at the entrance of the Venetian port. The Venetian Castello gave it its final form in the period 1523-1540, replacing an older fortress that was destroyed by earthquakes and other phenomena.

Once you reach Koule you can walk it to take pictures between the boats and the sea. Once you reach the fortress you have the opportunity to visit its interior and be guided as it functions as a “museum” where you will see various weapons of the old era, cells, cannons, perfect architecture and admire the city of Heraklion through the castle walls.

It is important to mention that Heraklion is one of the most historic cities in Greece. After visiting the fortress of Koule, Cretan Bay Transfer offers you a guided tour of the city of Heraklion which can be combined with a short walk to the center, visit many attractions on foot as they are very close to each other and get to know the culture, history, and architecture. Below we list some busy places in the city: the Loggia building that houses the town hall, the Municipal Gallery (Vikelaia) where exhibitions of painters, photographers, and classical music events, the Cathedral of Agios Titos and Krini of Morosini with the four lions where water gushes and is the reference point for both residents and visitors of Heraklion.

The fountain with the lions is one of the most important monuments bequeathed by the Venetians in Heraklion. When it was built, it offered a solution to the city’s water supply problem, and it is reported that it supplied the citizens with 1,000 barrels of water per day. Another attraction of Heraklion in the center is the statue “Eleftherios Venizelos” located in Eleftherias Square in the location “Treis Kamares” and represents the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos former Prime Minister of Greece. The view from there is magnificent, and you can also see the port of Heraklion.

Finally, after your walk in the city center, you can take a walk in the most commercial streets, for shopping, coffee and for your lunch.


The default stops may change according to your wishes, you can consult your guide.

 Prices do not include entrance fees for archeological sites / museums, escorts / meals and ferry tickets.

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