The port of Heraklion is the third busiest port in Greece. It is connected daily with many itineraries to all major ports of Greece with a passenger and transport role as it serves large passenger transport ships and cargo ships.
During the winter months, most itineraries take place between Heraklion and Piraeus, mainly serving the needs of transporting passengers and products to and from Crete. On the contrary, in summer most of the itineraries are to the Aegean islands, transporting tourists to a large number of popular destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Paros and others. Its role as a container transport hub is almost all year round.
In recent years it has acquired another role, serving many cruise ships as a home port. The proximity to the airport Nikos Kazantzakis and the modern passenger station have played a major role in this, contributing to the comfortable and safe service of travelers. The port of Heraklion has another important role for the society of the city which, despite being coastal, had its back to the sea for many years. Thus the northern jetty of the port is used as a promenade by the sea. It is so common that many doctors in Heraklion recommend this walk to prevent heart disease. Because of this, the portfront has been renamed Bypass Avenue. For the convenience of walkers there are night-lighting and public toilets.
In its current location the port has existed continuously since the Minoan era. Over the centuries it has gone through many forms of prosperity and decline. Its current form was created by Nikolaos Kitsikis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Kitsikis who worked as technical director of the English company Mac Alpine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Robert_McAlpine who built the port in 1928. In recognition to this, his statue was erected on the waterfront in 2003. Click for OFFICIAL LINK...