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The Greek city of Heraklion is the capital and largest city on the island of Crete. A popular visitor attraction near the city is Knossos, which is around 5 km from Heraklion. This important archaeological site was the Palace of King Minos and home to the Minotaur, if legend is to be believed. The palace was built over the remains of a former Neolithic settlement in around 1900 BC.
An important attraction in the city itself is the Archaeological Museum which can be found on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, in a converted power station. The museum collects and displays many artefacts from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other important archaeological sites on the island. The museum's collection spans several thousand years and includes the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescos, jewellery, wall paintings and pottery.
Visitors to Heraklion can take a ferry from the port, which is important for both passenger services and cargo, to destinations including Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes. There are also daily sailings to the mainland port of Piraeus.
The Greek island of Anafi is one of the Cyclades group of islands and is located to the east of the island of Santorini. According the legend, Anafi, a paradise of pristine beauty and 'exotic' beaches with crystal clear waters, has emerged from the bottom of the Aegean Sea to provide shelter to the Argonauts. If you approach the island from the Bay of Ayios Nikolaos you will see before you the picturesque town laid out in front of you. It was built on the ruins of a Venetian castle and is characterised by narrow stone alleys and whitewashed houses.
The Rock of Kalamos, in the east of the island, is a popular attraction. It is the second highest monolithic limestone after Gibralta and is especially popular with climbers who enjoy the challenge of the rock. Also of interest in the Temple of Apollo the Anafian and the Monastery of Zoodochos Piyi which are located at the base of the rock. For fitter climbers, there is another monastery on the top of Kalamos, where a amazing views of the sea and the nearby islands can be had.