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The island of Crete combines ancient tales and a spirit deeply rooted in tradition with a modern atmosphere.

TUI Magic Life Candia Maris is located on the north coast of the island of Crete, directly on Amoudara beach, 12 kilometres away from Heraklion International Airport. The central location makes it ideal for excursion trips along the 400 kilometre-long island.
Only 6 kilometres away from Heraklion's archaeological museum and shopping centre and 15 kilometres from the famous archaeological site of Knossos.

The Luxury Hotel TUI Magic Life Candia Maris, located at Heraklion, Crete Greece operates between April and October as All Inclusive. Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete. For centuries it was known as Candia, a Venetian adaptation of the earlier Greek name Χάνδαξ (Chandax), which in turn came from the Arabic rabḍ al-ḫandaq.

Candia Maris
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Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a vibrant city rich in history and culture. Its coastal charm and rich cultural heritage make it a captivating destination for visitors exploring the treasures of Minoan civilization. Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete. Though there is no archaeological evidence of it, Knossos may well have had a port at the site of Heraklion as long ago as 2000 BC.

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The most famous palace of the Minoan civilisation is located 8 km away from the hotel. On an area of 20,000 square metres, it is surrounded by mazes of magnificent buildings and royal palaces, decorated with multicoloured frescoes. The palace of Knossos, renowned as the heart of Minoan civilization, captivates visitors with its intricate architecture and rich history. Each detail of its architecture whisper stories of a civilization that flourished in the heart of Crete millennia ago, inviting visitors to unravel the mysteries of its past.
Distance: 8 km

More details: http://www.culture.gr/

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is the home of the most important archaeological collections of the Minoan civilisation. Some of its famous exhibits are the discus of Faistos, frescoes of bullfighting, and the statue of Aphrodite. The museum continues to fascinate and inspire visitors from around the world, shedding light on the culture and artistry of the Minoans.
Distance: 6 km

More details: http://www.culture.gr/

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Experience the Mediterranean marine world, on a journey of discovery 20 km away from the hotel. Hundreds of species and thousands of organisms will come face to face, fascinating you with their behaviour and revealing the wide variety of shapes, colours, habits and needs of their own world. Learn about them and reflect on what our common future may be.
Distance: 20 km

More details: http://www.cretaquarium.gr/

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Rethymno is the third largest city of Crete, located in-between Heraklion and Chania. The city is built on the same place as the old Rithimnia. Big part of the old town is still alive, full of picturesque narrow streets filled with colorful flowers, as well as the old Venetian port, providing its visitors the atmosphere of past centuries. Numerous monuments are spread around the neighborhoods which are worth seeing.
Distance: 80 km

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Chania is a city of unique beauty in the south west of Crete, filled with an abundance of fragrant flowers and boasting a rich cultural heritage. Ancient and modern monuments, the Venetian Harbor and the Old Town, colorful neighborhoods, a traditional lifestyle and the friendly inhabitants warmly invite you on a step-by-step journey to become acquainted with the city, promising you unforgettable moments.
Distance: 140 km

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Spinalonga is a small island on the east side of Crete, placed in the bay of Elounda, near Agios Nikolaos. The story of the island goes back to the Venetian times and because of its strategic position played an important role in the period of Turkish occupation of Crete. In 1905 it was used as Leprosarium for all the lepers of Crete until it closed in 1957. Thousands of visitors each year visit this beautiful island with boats from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka.
Distance: 70 km