Flights to Heraklion International Airport arrive on the island of Crete, with regular services from some of the main low cost and major airlines in Europe. The airport is the second busiest in Greece. From the UK, British Airways offer a direct service to Heraklion from London Gatwick, while low cost carriers including Monarch Airlines offer services from Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester. Jet2.com offers regular flights from Newcastle, East Midlands and Glasgow International. Other operators serving Heraklion include Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Local bus services bring visitors into the city of Heraklion from the airport very regularly throughout the day and evening.
As with the majority of areas in Greece and on the island of Crete itself, Heraklion is steeped in historic attractions and the cultural heritage of one of the most important historic countries in the World. The Venetian Fortress found at the mouth of the old port of Heraklion is always a favourite with visitors, it can be toured and offers stunning views across the ocean and a beautiful view back over the town itself. The port of Heraklion has many buildings and sites reflecting the many cultures that have controlled the city and Crete itself, including the Ottoman Vezir Mosque from the 19th century and the 10th century Byzantine Church of St Matthew of the Sinaites. As the capital of Crete, the city has also been the site of much regeneration in the 21st century, which saw the construction of the Pankritio Stadium, the home of the Ergotelis football team. The island of Crete is also known as an impressive area for beaches and water sports because of the warm Mediterranean Sea waters in the area around the port of Heraklion.