Europe’s top city destination is Greek
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Europe’s top city destination is Greek

The capital of Crete, Herakleion, has recently surprised the travel community by being announced as Europe’s fastest growing tourism destination for 2017, according to Euromonitor.

Herakleion is top of the list of European city-break destinations, recording an 11.2% growth in international arrivals, and surpassing even Athens, which followed with a 10% growth.

It is the main gate to Crete, and until not long ago, a city of secondary importance when compared to other corners of the island. However, thanks to the efforts of the local administration, in collaboration with public institutions and private stakeholders, things have changed steadily and numbers show it.

it is also, in fact, an ideal city-break destination. According to Mr. Gian Andrea Garancini, city deputy-mayor for tourism, the city has long deserved being on top of the list for a number of reasons.

Pleasant weather all year round allows visitors to avoid seasonal crowds in colder months. And there are plenty of things to do even during winter.

Herakleion is renowned as the city of the 5+1 civilizations, offers many cultural proposals, entertainment, and activities all year round. Tourism takes different shapes and it includes sports, adventure, and culture.

The region is also home to unique gastronomic ideas, ranging from Minoan cuisine to fine dining taverns. Other than that, Herakleion also boasts one of the richest wine areas in the country. If we add to the list unique wineries and cocktail bars, what we get is the perfect foodie destination.