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Welcome to “Crete Half Marathon 2017” offering the chance to explore a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries.
Marathon, 10km, 5km and 1km
Heraklion, the second largest city of Crete.
1st of October 2017
Participating in “Crete Half Marathon 2017” provides a remarkable occasion for runners to run along a beautiful route at one of the oldest cities in Crete, with a rich and tumultuous history, natural, privileged and well-protected beauty.
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Races date: 1st of October 2017
Races: Half Marathon, 10km, 5km, and 2.5km
Entry Fee: Your participation in the race is paid and secured by RunninGreece.
The participation includes the following benefits
- Electronic timer (official time and place)
- Participation diploma
- Commemorative Medal for participation
- Commemorative t-shirt
- Clothing and personal belongings management
Registration is open until 21st of September 2017 or until a specific number of applications is reached.
1st of October 2017
Half Marathon 9:15a.m.
Half Marathon: 2hours and 45minutes
10km: 1hour and 15 minutes
5Km: 1hour and 5 minutes
1km : no time limit
Arkalochori Exhibition Center
The first 3 males and females of each race will be given a cup award. All participants in all runs will receive a commemorative medal.
In any case all runners participate solely at their own risk. The organizers have no responsibility for whatever happens to the runners related to health issues or is due to lack of preventive medical check. It is highly recommended that the participants undergo a thorough medical examination before entering the race. The organizers will not ask for medical certificates from any athlete (male and female), since they all participate at their own exclusive risk and responsibility (children are at the liability of their parents or guardians). We will also provide offers for special health checkup for all runners, and members of their families.
All participants will be timed using an electronic timing system. For this reason, the runners must wear the timing chip they will receive from the registration center together with the participation number. Attention: Your time will not be registered and will not be included in the results if you do not have the timing chip attached to your shoe and not pass over the timing mats.
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This Special Registration package is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Heraklion on their own. We help you with all the registration logistics and we guide you during your stay in Heraklion in order to save time and energy for the event itself.
It is ideal for those who have limited time and they want to get the most out of their visit in Heraklion. Be part of our running community and never run alone again!
• Registration to the event and all the registration logistics
• BIB number and Timing Chip
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Technical running t-shirt
• Special RunninGreece starting pack
• Safe keeping of your belonging during the race
• many more like: tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets
You can add to your registration several other services like extra running gear from RunninGreece and the Athens Marathon The Authentic collection, training, nutrition conselling, transportation and activities in Crete
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This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Heraklion the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Heraklion. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:- Hotel accommodation in Capsis Astoria Hotel in Heraklion- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry- Special RunninGreece starting pack- Technical t-shirt- Commemorative diploma for participation- Transportation to and from the starting line (where needed)- Tips and advice for the specific race- Training schedule depending on your personal targets- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race. It starts from €95 per person (runner or not) for a three days / two nights accommodation in Capsis Astoria Hotel in Heraklion .If you wish to stay longer, you may add as many nights as you want for an additional €35 per night per person.
- The above (3days / 2nights) offer is per person, double occupancy- Single supplement: €110
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This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Crete the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Crete. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:- Hotel accommodation in Capsis Astoria or better hotel- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry- Special RunninGreece starting pack- Technical t-shirt- Commemorative diploma for participation- Transportation to and from the starting line (where needed)- Tips and advice for the specific race- Training schedule depending on your personal targets- Special prices and offer for everyday activities in Crete
- Ebook about Crete- Detailed program with suggestes activities, tours and visits for all your staying- Our full support during all your stayIt starts from € 295 per person (runner or not) for a seven days/ six-nights accommodation in Ambassadors Residence Boutique Hotel (side sea view). If you wish to stay longer, you may add as many nights as you want for an additional €80 per night per person. If you wish to stay at a Double Room with city and side sea view to the lighthouse, or with front sea view, or with balcony and city view, with balcony and front sea view, please let us know to inform you about the price.- The above (7days/6nights) offer is per person, double occupancy
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Heraklion Greece, is the largest town of Crete. It distinguishes for its impressive Castle, the Venetian port and the fish taverns along the waterfront.
Apart from the town, the entire region is also beautiful and unexplored. The history of Heraklion started in the Minoan times, as is shown by the close ancient town of Knossos, the most developed of all Minoan towns in Crete.
Excavations in Knossos have revealed a flourishing ancient town with an impressive palace and a vibrant cultural life. The town was found almost intact under ashes, which is why scientists believe that this civilization was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Santorini. After the Minoan times, Heraklion flourished again as an important port of the Byzantine Empire. After the fall of Crete to the Venetians, the town developed economically because of trade. Attention was paid to the education and many impressive buildings, like the Loggia, were contructed to house public works.
The prefecture of Heraklion is green and very interesting. Pure nature gives way to mountainous villages and sandy beaches are followed by impressive gorges. Driving around the prefecture is an excellent experience to get to know the Cretan landscape. Heraklion has developed a lot in tourism. Most famous tourist resorts are Malia, famous for their vivid nightlife, Hersonissos and Agia Pelagia, while Matala on the southern side of Crete is also much developed. The relaxing sandy beaches and the picturesque villages have made Heraklion a popular tourism destination in Crete. Heraklion Town also developed in culture and economy. With a large port and an international airport, this is the main transportation hub for the island of Crete. It also hosts a vast university and a science and technology park with international fame.
Heraklion or Iraklion has undergone a significant makeover in recent years - this is a result of being chosen as an Olympic city ...partly bu mostly because of the city's increasing prosperity. Infrastructure works have included redevelopment of the waterfront ( have a nice walk there ), improved roads and a city bypass to ease traffic congestion and maybe the most important much of the historic centre has been turned into pleasant pedestrian strips. Let's see how you could spent one or two days in Heraklion.
You have a day or two to spend in Heraklion, the main city and key business centre of Crete. The city is also a major cruise destination. Beyond the crazed progress of moped riders, noisy scooters and a battered, out-of-control look to the city, there is much to do and plenty of things worth seeing.
Apart from shopping and the designer clothes on Daedalou Street ("Daydaloo"), there are many small shops off all the main streets which sell those local products which normally are used when you live in Crete. Just have a look along 1866 Street and more so its side streets - you may find a curio distinctly different from more typical "gifts" offered to visitors in gift shops.
The famous tourist attraction, the Saturday market that was by the port, an almost kilometre long display of fruit and vegetables and sundry items - has now sadly moved to an obscure suburb.This is a brief guide to some of the well known and some less well known enjoyments and rewards of Heraklion:
The enormous Archaeological Museum (converted from an old power station well before the idea of using the old Battersea power station in London as an art gallery) on one corner of the central Eleftherias Square, collects together many of the finds from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other archeological sites in Crete.
The museum spans a period starting several thousand years ago, through the Minoan, post-Minoan and later periods. Popular highlights include the Phaestos disc, classic Hellenic and Roman sculptures, frescoes, jewelery, wall-paintings and pottery. A selection of guide books is available at the museum shop - best to buy one to gain some insight into the items that make up this substantial collection.
It's a good idea to start early in the morning or late in the day during the summer months to avoid a rush-hour style of viewing - this is a very popular destination.
Open: every day 08.00 to 19.30 summer, 08.30 to 17.00 winter. Monday opening is from 12.00. December to Ferbuary closing time is 15.00. Closed on public Holidays. Tel: 2810-279086, 279087. Admission: 6.00 euros. Combined museum and Knossos ticket: 10.00 euros.
Important Note: All museum surrounds and the original museum building are being completely rebuilt. The date of completion is undetermined. A temporary, partial exhibition (of 400 exhibits) is open at a new annex behind the museum. The full exhibition will be displayed again when works have been completed.
History Museum on Sophocleus Venizelou. Easy way to find it is to walk to the bottom of 25th August and at the end, turn left along the seafront - it's about half a kilometre along on your left (some nice cafes and tavernas have opened in the square beside it). Open: 09.00 to 15.00 every day, except Saturday 09.00-14.00, Sunday closed. Tel: 2810-283219.
The Battle of Crete Museum. Walk down the side of the Archaeological museum on Hatzidaki and at the end, where it meets Bofor is this small but informative gem. Open: 09.00 to 15.00 every day except Saturday & Sunday. Free entrance. Tel: 2810-346554.
The Venetian Loggia on 25th August Street ("Avgoostoo Eekosi Penday"), 50 metres down the street from "Lion Square" (Morosini or Venizelos Square on maps) on the right, is now the city hall of Heraklion. You can walk in a take a quick look. This is a two-storeay Venetian mansion completed in 1628, whch used to be a meeting place for the nobles of Crete.
If you take the left turn instead (off 25th August) you enter Theotokopoulou or El Greco square where the OTE (Otay) buildings house public telephone and mobile facilities. Also if you are in need of a supermarket you will find Halkiadakis on the next side of this square.
The Municipal Gallery and Basilica of St. Mark has an ever-changing variety of exhibitions from early photographs of Crete, to specific works of art - have a look to see if there is a current exhibition. Opposite "Lion Square".
The Koules Venetian Fortress on the harbour walls, built in the early 1500's. Both for the impressive stone mass of its fortification and unfathomably solid walls, the pleasure of views from its turret and roof, restored interior and exterior reliefs of the Lion of St. Mark. Open: 09.00 to 15.00. From 1 July to 31 October, open: 08.00 to 19.30. (We find that in reality their opening times seem rather unpredictable!) Tel: 2810-246211 Admission: 1.50 euros.
Another great place to visit with your children is CretAquarium - Thalassocosmos. A 5000 square metre structure, it is both a research centre (housing the Institute of Marine Biology & Genetics and the Institute of Oceanography) and a fun, impressive aquarium with 60 tanks (representing interesting underwater Cretan sea landscapes) and over 100 viewing points. 2500 organisms of 200 Mediterranean marine species, from hunter sharks to lobsters, to colourful jellyfish. Audio devices provide information in 9 languages. 15 km east of Heraklion, within what was the American base of Gournes (there are buses to it from the centre of town). Open 365 days/year (including public holidays), Monday to Sunday: 09:30 - 21:00 (1st May to 30th September) and 9.30-17:00 (1st October to 30th April). Admission: 9.00 euros adults, 6.00 euros 5-17 year olds & students. Children under 5 years: free. Personal audio guide: 3.00 euro. Parking, cafe/restaurant with sea view, souvenir shop. Tel: 2810-337788, 2810-337888.
The Palace of Knossos. 20-25 minutes from the centre of Heraklion. For many this is a must see, and for some a major reason to visit Crete. While you are in or near Heraklion it makes sense to visit this well-restored and sprawling work of Arthur Evans who spent much of his life, and his inherited fortune to make Knossos what is is today.
A Minoan palace - this is is the closest you can get to piecing together the threads of the story of the Minoan civilisation through the structures the Minoans lived in. Many publications about Knossos are available both in bookshops in Heraklion and at the gift shop there. Knossos also has guides who will, for a fee, enlighten your visit with details and history and provide a more rewarding visit. There is a cafe just after entering the gate, and several cafes and tavernas to eat in on the Knossos road just outside the gates.
You could spend anywhere from 1 - 3 hours and more here, depending on your interest in archaeology. To get there by bus go to Bus station A near the harbour. At the bus station look for the KNOSSOS ticket office [see more info about bus stations]. By car or taxi it is a 15-20 minute ride. Open: every day 08.00 to 19.30 (to 15.00 in the winter). Tel: 2810-231940. Admission: 6.00 euros. Combined Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological museum ticket: 10.00 euros. Sundays (November to end of March) free for all!
The recently reconstructed underground Gate through the city walls, accessible from the central section ofEleftherias square. One of the best known and most important for direction finding, streets in Heraklion is 25th of August street, which has now been repaved as a pedestrian street. There is very limited car access (it is quite probable that we will see more cafes spilling onto the street now cars are forced to take second place).
On the walk down 25th August Street from Dedalou to the sea (before most of the shops are turned over to car rental offices) is the church of Agios Titos, a beautiful building, Byzantine in origin then rebuilt in the 16th century by the Venetians. The building was taken over by the Turks who converted it into a mosque and rebuilt it after the 1856 earthquake. It was renovated and re-consecrated by the Greek Orthodox Church in 1925. Fronted by a spacious square which accommodates a municipally run outdoor restaurant in the summer months and the interesting Pagopoieion restaurant/cafe/bar by the side of the church.
The church of Agia Ekaterini Sinaites - now a theological museum, is on the edge of the square surrounding the much larger and better known Agios Minas. It has some very fine Byzantine icons. (see Heraklion photo album). Monday-Friday: 10.00-13.00, admission: 1.50 euros.
See a movie at the Vincenzo Kornaros cinema with its wonderfully carved-wood-paneled interiors (theatre 1) on Malikouti Street. Tel: 2810-243921. Or, 5 minutes away by taxi, the latest movie palace has several screens, adding to your viewing choices.
Coming to Heraklion for the first time, the visitor nowadays may be somewhat surprised by the changes that are taking place in Crete''s capital city; Heraklion is celebrating its rich history and moving onwards to a future full of potential.
Where, at one time, the number of cars in the city centre would have made walking difficult, you will now find large city-centre spaces cleared of traffic. You can enjoy walking in one of the most historically and socially fascinating cities facing the Mediterranean, on streets free from traffic noise and rush. The city has opened up in so many ways, making the city a place of discovery. These changes bring a harmony too; between the traditionally warm, considerate people of Heraklion, and the fine buildings that surround us, the open public spaces and views over the ocean. Many landmarks tell their story about the city and the island that gave birth to gods, to rebellion, and to a place that inspires everyone who feels the spirit of Crete.
If you begin a walk around Heraklion, starting at the fishing harbour close to the Rocca al Mare, but is now known by its Turkish name, Koules. It has a mixed history; for centuries it was used as protection against invaders, as were the great city walls and ditches. These are among the longest city walls in Europe.
With its huge dark hallways and cells, the fortress was also a prison to many Cretan rebels and those who broke the rules imposed by successive occupiers of Crete. Koules is built on two tiers and offers a commanding view of Heraklion from the battlements. Nowadays, the harbour itself is home to brightly coloured fishing boats and busy tavernas selling fresh fish.
Looking back towards the city you will see the strong arches which housed boats under repair and were used as an arsenal for storing guns and gunpowder. The greatest threat to the Venetian stronghold of Heraklion, or Candia, as it was named, was thought to come from the seaward side of the city, and indeed, many naval skirmishes were fought off this coast. The view northward takes in the uninhabited island of Dia, where evidence of ancient Minoan settlement (approx 2700-1450 BC) was found by the diver, Jacques Cousteau. Boat trips can be booked from travel shops throughout central Heraklion, as can excursions to various places of interest.
Curiosity, the different, interesting cafes, a bite to eat and more:
For a quick snack or fresh croissant, walk round Eleftherias square, past the Astoria hotel and just ahead of you, across Idomeneos street, is Little Paris (Mikro Parisi), a sandwich shop for those on the run. To see the Cafe section on Korai (you could call it the "mega-socializing "centre) of Heraklion, walk down the passageway on Deadalou between the jewelry shop Gallery Deadalou and (a few doors up) Aspis Bank.
Cafes of elaborate decor, with as many tables and chairs as can be crammed outside. You can find these cafes by the dominant sound of their "dance-thump" music which is transmitted some large distance and if it provides the urge to dance, hardly useful, as people come here to sit and talk (or shout ) to each other over the high output sound levels.
All the cafes have similar pricing at the higher end of the coffee drinking scale! Just sample the atmosphere!
Back down Deadalou Street to 25th August - the street where travel agents and car rental companies abound at the port end, but at this point you find "Lion Square" - see the Morozini fountain and to your left two cafes that specialize in Bhougatsa ("Boogatsa"), a thin flaky pastry filled with a choice of cheese or sweet cream. Both versions can be ordered with ("may") or without ( "horeese"), honey ("mellee"). Perhaps surprisingly, I'd recommend having even the cheese versions, with honey - delicious! Try it! In the early mornings, many who arrive on the ferries which dock at 5 and 6 o'clock, head straight here for their welcoming Bhougatsa.
Walking past all the bhougatsa-serving cafes on Lion square, you come to Handakos street, also pedestrian-friendly, with many unique small shops - a good place for gift hunting - there are also attractively themed and decorated cafes. The street goes all the way down to the sea, passing the Road and Planet map and book shops, and near the bottom at No71, is Heraklion's Mexican restaurant, in case burritos and tacos beckon.
Just down from Lion square, off 25th August street is Theotokopoulou (El Greco) square and mini-park, where cafes now extend their outdoor seating into the pedestrianized area. This has become another "pocket" for cafe-goers. The main OTE (phone company) building is also on this square - you can make phone calls and send faxes.
For something different, but still on the cafe trail, in an old structure on the first floor - Cafe Veneto has tall opening windows each secluding a table for two to four people, with views over the harbour and Venetian Fortress. Good service, coffee and drinks and rather delicious appetizer/snacks. Price is similar to the cafe section cafes, but well worth it. There is also an outdoor terrace. Generally open from 10.30 a.m. until the early hours of the morning. Tel: 2810-223 686. Epimenidou Street (further down 25th August - toward the sea - turn right on Epimenidou street (which is immediately before the also-interesting Minoan shipping lines building on its corner - behind which is Heraklion's slab-like catholic church), it's on your left in 200 metres.
By the sea front: there are several cafes and restaurants, mostly of the "touristy" variety. But to sit by the sea, with the fortress in view may well be worthwhile. You will also see Heraklion city's commendable effort to improve the waterfront, which is now accessible, paved - even has a new square and fountain! This renewed area stretches from the marina (at the bottom of 25th of August street) going west in the direction of the Olympic Stadium and Ammoudara beach area.
Good view points. For a different point of view, to see the whole of Heraklion beneath your feet, the best views are from the roof terraces of the Astoria Hotel (on Eleftherias Square) and the Atlantis Hotel. The Astoria sometimes has a bar open up there and a swimming pool for guests.At the Atlantis the view is not complimented by the availability of refreshments! In both cases its well worth the ride up in the lift!
Kafeneia (traditional cafes where coffee is 50% and conversation the other 50% of the event). A great place of traditional nature but newer finish, is "Siga-siga" a kafeneio - it's on Minotavrou just off Theotokopoulou square.
Food is also available, largely Meze - appetizers, all very good, recommendation is to try many and share. Another kafeneio off Kalokerinou - this street runs west from the top end of 25th August Street, walk a couple of hundred metres/yards until you see a shop called "Bahamas" (it is opposite No18 Kalokerinou, near Goody's) on the left and take the small left turn, at the end of this short street you walk up to a Cafe which serves coffee, beer and some good Meze. It's popular, has an art-scene atmosphere (but probably is not part of any scene!) and is reasonably priced. A few steps down the narrow walkway on the left is another nice place called "Kabiambi"
Note that when you visit a simple, good old traditional, Kafeneio you will generally pay 1.00 to 1.50 euros for a Greek coffee ("Elliniko") - cappuccinos and frappes in the smart or trendy cafes will cost from 2.50 to 4.00 euros.
We recommend for value and good food, eating at the Amateur Fisherman's Association Restaurant. This is at the port, behind the old bus station (and opposite bus station A). It is at the base of a building on the edge of the water, that looks like a gigantic concrete slab - with a virtually washed-away mural on the side. The menu is in several languages. You may not receive many smiles when eating here, but the fresh fish is guaranteed to make you smile...
Next door is the incrementally smarter and slightly pricier Yacht club of Heraklion restaurant. Both are very good and highly popular locally.
Odos Egeou (or Odos Aigaiou - "Aegean street"). Delicious and creative seafood dishes and fresh fish. This is the premier exotic fish restaurant and the most stylish in Heraklion. Great relaxing views across the harbour, as the occasional ship glides into port. Seafood salads are all good, grilled baby kalamari with lemon is splendid. Ask for the day's fresh catch. The restaurant is elevated above the port frontage road, 3 minutes east of the centre.
For a special meal in a wonderful terrace garden or the antique interior dining area, which has the appearance of a period house, Loukoulos on Korai (by all the Cafe Section cafes) is very good. Loukoulos has interesting mediterranean dishes with a Greek flavour and wonderful eye-appealing salads. Opposite Loukoulos, is the Peri Orexeos Cretan traditional cuisine small restaurant.
Dish Bar at St.Titos square (beside the big church on 25th August street) offers Mediterranean and Cretan cuisine, wonderful crisp salads and good wines. Delightful decor inside. Outside seating available in the lovely square (candle-lit and very romantic at night). One of the few places to eat and have a drink where even the toilets deserve mention as a work of art (a Must visit!).
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