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Cretaquarium is a gigantic, human-made public aquarium situated near Gournes town in Crete. This aquarium allows you to explore the marine ecosystem from a close distance and answers your questions about oceanic questions. By visiting this place, one can explore the wonderful underwater life of the Mediterranean. With 2,000+ sea creatures showcasing near 200 species like stingrays, jellyfish, scorpion fish, and sea turtles. It is a wonderful way to meet the aquatic clan of Mother Nature without going in the water.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are available at any time at the attraction itself. The range of tickets varies from 6-9 Euros.
How To Get Around?
The only and the best way to travel this human-made aquatic village is by walking, as the tanks are housed inside a building, no other options are available. Especially abled people can carry their wheelchairs or can request for one.
What Should I Wear?
One can wear anything as per their convenience, make sure you choose it according to the weather. If you want to dive then, aquarium authorities provide with the needful.
Best Time to Visit
Cretaquarium remains open throughout the year, and it is comfortable, safe and easy to commute and visit the attraction. However, the timings of this aquarium vary according to the season. From May-September this fish home remains open from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm. Whereas from October-April, cretaquarium remains open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
Every tank and other related objects are well labeled with the info tab (in eight languages); also there is a touchscreen which allows you to know more about the marine ecosystem. Along with this, they have audio guided devices, and on request, they allocate a certified staff for an hour guiding trip. To be specific, there is no such need to hire a guide but if you are willing to know about the place in depth, its backstage tour then you can opt for one.
How To Get There?
This giant aquarium is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from the International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis and city of Heraklion. Also, the attraction is connected by major national roads; hence one can reach here either by booking a taxi or cab, by renting cars and bikes (the building of this aquarium offers free parking to its tourists) and by using public transportation aka public buses.
General entry fees of this mega-aquarium is 9 Euros (May-September) and 6 Euros (October-April). There is a fixed charge for senior citizens above 65 years and students (children ageing between 5-17 years), i.e., 6 Euros and children under four year of age can go in without any entry charges.