Heraklion - Hub of the most important archaeological sites
Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Matala is only some of the archaeological sites of Heraklion prefecture in Crete.
It has been substantially and imaginatively "rebuilt", making the site accessible to the casual visitor in a way that a field of unmarked ruins is not.
It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C.
Gortys, the Roman capital of Crete, was first inhabited around 3000 B.C., and was a flourishing Minoan town between 1600-1100 B.C.
A palace, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, was destroyed by an earthquake during the Late Bronze Age;
Matala was the port of Phaistos during the Minoan period, following the destruction of Kommos, and the port of Gortys during the Roman period.