Try bougatsa overlooking the Morosini Lions Fountain


The journey of taste in Heraklion starts from the Lions with the sweetest way of saying “kalimera” (good morning). In the beautiful piazza overlooking the Morosini Fountain, have your coffee and a warm bougatsa (custard pie with phyllo) sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

The Morosini Fountain dominates the Lions Square (the official name of the square is Eleftheriou Venizelou) and is one of the most recognizable monuments of Heraklion.

This is where the heart of the city beats! 

The famous landmark fountain of the city was built in 1626-1628 by order of the General Provisioner of Crete, Francisco Morosini, who wanted to solve the issue of Heraklion’s chronic water shortage. This public fountain was placed in the heart of the administrative center of the city (St. Mark’s Square), offering clean and abundant running cool water and quenching the thirst of people and animals until the beginning of the 20th century. The four marble lions of the fountain and a dozen doves resting in the square are the silent witnesses of the life of Heraklion over the time.

From early morning until late at night, the square is full of life.

From this spot, a complex of pedestrian streets is branched out – Handakos, Korai, Perdikari, Kayabi etc. – where Heraklion reveals its vibe: little raki taverns (“rakadika”), bars, cafés, events, dance nights, spontaneous parties…

This is where everything happens, and everyone meets!

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