The lively Liontaria Square or Lions Square is the heart of the city of Heraklion. Designed just like Venice’s Piazza San Marco; Liontaria Square is one of the busiest places in Heraklion and is a gathering place of sorts, for locals and tourists. The Morosini Fountain found here is the highlight of the square. It is decorated with stone relief of Greek mythology figures. Visitors to the square generally gather around the fountain to relax, meet up with friends and people watch. Apart from the popular fountain, Liontaria Square is also home to a variety of cafés and restaurants. Also found here is Handakos Street which offers places to shop as well as areas to relax, and is frequented by tourists and locals alike.
Throughout the day
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The fountains and the numerous restaurants and cafés
Muslims visiting Liontaria Square will not be able to find prayer facilities here. The city of Heraklion is known to have had mosques during the Ottoman rule, however currently, there is only one small mosque in the city, namely the Masjed Al Noor. Muslim tourists can therefore ask to be guided to this mosque when needed.
As mentioned above, visitors to Liontaria Square will be able to locate numerous cafés and restaurants. If visiting during the day, they must make it a point to try out the traditional bougatsas, or vanilla cream pies, which are ideal for breakfast. Although Muslim tourists will not be able to find any Halal dining establishments, they are sure to find restaurants serving suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes.