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Located approximately 9 miles east of Heraklion, the Cretaquarium is home to 2,000 sea animals and 200 different Mediterranean species. If you're an animal lover, traveling with kids or just looking to kill some time, the Cretaquarium should be on your list.

Recent visitors appreciated the aquarium's organization and cleanliness on top of the variety of sea life on display. Many travelers said that the shark tank in particular is a can't-miss spot in the aquarium.

Getting to the Cretaquarium is easy enough, with frequent buses connecting from Heraklion. The aquarium is open every day but has seasonal hours: from October to April it's open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from May to September hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is also seasonal, but just for adults. May to September admission is 9 and October to April admission is 6. Admission for children ages 5 to 17 is 6 and children ages 4 years and younger can enter for free. For more information, visit the Cretaquarium's website.

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