Aquarium of Heraklion

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Cretaquarium or Thalassocosmos (sea world) is a public aquarium situated near the town of Gournes 15 km east of Heraklion. In the aquarium, there are more than 2,500 Mediterranean and tropic sea creatures and species from 100 different areas. It offers to visitors a unique chance to come in touch with the marine world of Mediterranean. From hundreds of species that the aquarium hosts the most impressive is the big hunter shark.

The organized tour starts with a video of deep-sea sites in Crete combined with lyrics from the Greek mythology. “Thalassokosmos” literally makes visitors feel that they are in the ocean.

The aquarium also provides an acoustics tour, with numerous explanations and comments about the sea world in 4 languages, English, Greek, French and German.

Also, one of the rarest and protected species living at the Cretan aquarium is the Hippocampus (sea horse). It is opened daily throughout the year.

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Gournes Beach

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Gournes beach is a sandy beach near the village and tourist resort of Kokkini Hani on the high seas of the Cretan Sea. Located 17 km east of Heraklion.

Gouves Beach

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Gouves beach is a sandy beach in front of the tourist resort of Kato Gouves on the high seas of the Cretan Sea. Located 18 km east of Heraklion.

Kato Gouves Beach

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Kato Gouves beach is a sandy beach in front of the tourist resort of Kato Gouves. Well organized area, close to Heraklion, offering taverns and restaurants, which can meet the needs of visitors.

Kato Gouves Village

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Kato Gouves (lower Gouves), which is built into the side of small Mt. Ederi, is in 300 meters height, with spectacular view.

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