Rocca a Mare FortressHeraklion, Greece
4.6 / 30
Rocca a Mare Fortress is a must-visit tourist attraction in the city of Heraklion. Located at the end of the pedestrian street in the old port area, it offers a unique experience for visitors. The entrance fee is affordable, and the views from the fortress are breathtaking, especially during sunset. The fortress, built by the Republic of Venice in the 16th century, is remarkably well-preserved and provides insights into the history of Crete. The walls are thick, and there are several rooms containing artifacts and information about the fortress's past. The large roof terrace offers panoramic views in all directions. However, it is important to note that the fortress is closed on Tuesdays, so plan your visit accordingly. The staff can sometimes appear weary of tourist attention, but they are generally friendly. It is advisable to visit early in the day to avoid crowds and the midday heat. Exploring the fortress and reading about its history is a fascinating experience. The information boards are available in both English and Greek, making it accessible to a wider audience. The walk along the walls, overlooking the sea and the city of Heraklion, is about a mile long and offers a refreshing breeze. Overall, Rocca a Mare Fortress is a significant historical site that shouldn't be missed when visiting Heraklion. Its affordable entrance fee, stunning views, and rich history make it a worthwhile destination for both locals and tourists alike.
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16.09.23Good little place to visit for a stroll out along the walls. To enter the fortress itself is a few euros. And if you have a student card you can get i.. Read more »
14.09.23Cool on a hot day! Very thick walls, with a number of rooms containing artefacts and details of the history. Large roof terrace with good views in all.. Read more »
01.08.23Other than Tuesday, when visiting always read the signs, as sometimes the second floor is closed and without it the visit to the fortress is pointless.. Read more »
09.06.23If you visit the city of Heraklion, you have to see this important tourist attraction. It's easy to get there - the fortress is located right in the .. Read more »
07.06.23A word of caution. Don't plan your visits on a Tuesday because this is the day that the fortress is closed. Otherwise, come in and take a long walk on.. Read more »
29.05.23We toured the fort and read up on the history. Fascinating! Well worth the time and admission. The fort is remarkably well preserved. Great view of t.. Read more »
03.05.23This is a must see visit for only 4 euros a person. It is full with history from Ancient Greek times. It felt a privilege to be able to experience it .. Read more »
04.04.23The site is worth visiting. The entry fee was not €2 as mentioned in previous reviews, but €4 p/p (April 2023). The fortress was built by the Republi.. Read more »
19.11.22Quite interesting, costs 2 euros to get in (Nov), takes about 15 min to do the whole inside of the fort. You can walk to the lighthouse and the mermai.. Read more »
29.10.22Much of the town was flattened during WW2 but lovely historic old town, the fortress is well worth a visit. Incredible place full of history and great.. Read more »
18.10.22This is a great location to spend a few hours and learn about the history of Crete. The fort is very easy to find and well maintained. The location is.. Read more »
22.09.22One of the best historical places i’ve seen in a while (I haven’t seen any historical things in my lifetime…) but to be fair it was a beautiful castle.. Read more »
05.09.22It's a nice point of interest in Heraklion, worth visiting. Close to the main commercial street which makes it a nice evening out for a family or a co.. Read more »
28.08.22One of the first sights that draw your attention when you arrive in Heraklion, it's q very nice to walk by and also to visit inside. With a very rich .. Read more »
23.08.22Wow such a beautiful site to visit and see in person! Can’t believe I was able to stay right there and see it everyday. Free to walk to, but you have .. Read more »
10.08.22Insane views and some great history, you could literally walk the same footsteps as the guards and take in the panoramic scenes. A small entry fee for.. Read more »
04.08.22Great place to learn more about the interesting history of this fortress and Crete in general. Very stroller and wheelchair accessible. Lots of space .. Read more »
12.07.22Really cool place to visit. It was nice to see history and the location is easy to get to. I highly recommend as a stop on the tour of the city. There.. Read more »
14.06.22An impressive fortress from days gone by. It has many artefacts and lots of information with regards to the fortress itself and the history of Herakli.. Read more »
24.05.22Venetian fortress in the Harbor - interesting history inside and gorgeous views from up top on the ramparts all around. Inexpensive (4 Euros/person) .. Read more »
03.05.22Beautiful Castle in the old harbor of Heraklion. Extraordinary example of the Venetian period in the city. Inside you can find very interesting tempor.. Read more »
13.09.21Beautiful historic location and definitely worth a visit if you're in Heraklion. The price for a ticket is 4 euros. They provide some information in E.. Read more »
13.09.21I have very much enjoyed the visit (entry 4e). Wonderful views of the harbor & sea, history exhibition, refreshing wind blowing through the windows..... Read more »
22.08.21A great place to visit, especially for those who love history! Cool historical items inside and great explanations on the history of the Fortress. Be .. Read more »
20.07.21It was a beautiful place to be. U can have a good view to the sea
15.07.21The Rock requires your attention. The location is impressive and gives some understanding on Venetian strategy and skills. The museum is well maintain.. Read more »
10.06.21Amazing place! I love fortifications and this one gave me great understanding of the Venetian military architecture. Unfortunately there was not so mu.. Read more »
03.06.21Zues called.... He said you need to stop being concerned if this trip is any good..... Because it is! Absolutely amazing!!! Come walk through history .. Read more »
24.05.21Very interesting exhibition. The side has been well reconstructed. Recommended the visit
03.03.21It’s a historic fortress right at the marina, an ideal place to spend a few hours and watch the sunset while taking a stroll by the sea.
30.01.21perfect spot if you're a history lover. I love the history and the view of the city and sea, however I found a lot of basic info to be lacking. There.. Read more »
18.10.20A really excellent exhibit, and very interesting, but there are about 80+ deeply technical paragraphs throughout. I would still highly recommend it, a.. Read more »
04.10.20Port authority have put concrete blocks and bars in the opposite side but generally is ok for a peacefull walk.
27.09.20It’s a nice place but not justify a walk / drive just to see it
21.09.20Beautiful place, although on the day we visited we only walked around the outside, late in the day, we did not have the chance to go inside, will do .. Read more »
18.09.20Nice place 4 € each person. Attention: I get a warning from 4 of the 5 housekeeper's. Try on the roof the wall, to look down the ocean and you will s.. Read more »
15.09.20The fortress is great, and the restoration and history behind also. I would give 5 stars if the people working here were a bit more smiley and friendl.. Read more »
13.09.20Amazing fortress. Very well preserved. Entrance is cheap also so its worth a visit.
10.09.20Very cool history and excessively beautiful view of the sea
01.09.20Lovely to walk around and read its history
20.08.20Nicely organized, clean, well preserved fortress. Staff professional, taking great care for all Covid measures. Overall not the best value for money.
09.08.20Small fortress at Heraklion port worth a visit. The exhibition is well organized and the view is amazing.
03.08.20The museum staff are so nice here and they explain the history of the sight very well.