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Rocca a Mare Fortress

Heraklion, 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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Good 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 »
Cool 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 »
Other 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 »
If 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 »
A 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 »
We 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 »
This 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 »
The 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 »
Quite 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 »
Much 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 »
This 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 »
One 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 »
It'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 »
One 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 »
Wow 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 »
Insane 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 »
Great 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 »
Really 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 »
An 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 »
Venetian fortress in the Harbor - interesting history inside and gorgeous views from up top on the ramparts all around. Inexpensive (4 Euros/person) .. Read more »
Beautiful 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 »
Beautiful 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 »
I have very much enjoyed the visit (entry 4e). Wonderful views of the harbor & sea, history exhibition, refreshing wind blowing through the windows..... Read more »
A 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 »
It was a beautiful place to be. U can have a good view to the sea
The Rock requires your attention. The location is impressive and gives some understanding on Venetian strategy and skills. The museum is well maintain.. Read more »
Amazing place! I love fortifications and this one gave me great understanding of the Venetian military architecture. Unfortunately there was not so mu.. Read more »
Zues 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 »
Very interesting exhibition. The side has been well reconstructed. Recommended the visit
It’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.
perfect 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 »
A really excellent exhibit, and very interesting, but there are about 80+ deeply technical paragraphs throughout. I would still highly recommend it, a.. Read more »
Port authority have put concrete blocks and bars in the opposite side but generally is ok for a peacefull walk.
It’s a nice place but not justify a walk / drive just to see it
Beautiful 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 »
Nice 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 »
The 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 »
Amazing fortress. Very well preserved. Entrance is cheap also so its worth a visit.
Very cool history and excessively beautiful view of the sea
Lovely to walk around and read its history
Nicely organized, clean, well preserved fortress. Staff professional, taking great care for all Covid measures. Overall not the best value for money.
Small fortress at Heraklion port worth a visit. The exhibition is well organized and the view is amazing.
The museum staff are so nice here and they explain the history of the sight very well.