Castello del Molo (Koules), Heraklion

Castle · Historic Site
The mighty Venetian fortress of Castello del Molo (Koules) towers over Heraklion Harbor. Today one of the island's popular sightseeing spots, the two-story castle was originally built in the early 13th century to store foodstuffs and military supplies. Much of the building's current form was established during its 1523-1540 restoration. Although current reconstruction has closed the site indefinitely, you can still admire the formidable architecture from outside, soak up the rich historical atmosphere, and enjoy the scenic seaside setting. Make sure to visit the eastern wall to view the lion crest of Venice, still clearly visible. To visit Castello del Molo (Koules) and get the most from your holiday in Heraklion, create itinerary details personal to you using our Heraklion trip itinerary tool.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Castello del Molo (Koules)

Castello del Molo (Koules) reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,181 reviews
  • That's the main spot of the city, the port is the heart and you will find everything around it. From food, sightseeing, party, souveniers or just a stroll in the pier apreciating the crowd around.  more »
  • The first castle was built there in 9th century by the Arabs, but the current structure was constructed by the Venetians in 16th century and expanded in next centuries. The walls are almost 9metres.....  more »
  • It has a good museum within the fort, and at the top open space provides great view of the city and the harbor.  more »
  • perfect spot if you're a history lover. I love the history and the view of the city and sea, however I found a lot of basic info to be lacking. There were plenty of text blurbs all over inside detailing historical battles and found shipwrecks, but I couldn't find any info on how the fortress was used in the past. I wanted to know what each of the rooms were, how they've been used over time, in what year was the fortress last used, etc. Maybe a guided tour would have been more informative, I just wish that info had been on the plaques. but all. in all , was good.
  • Very cool history and excessively beautiful view of the sea
  • Lovely to walk around and read its history
  • The museum staff are so nice here and they explain the history of the sight very well.
  • Small fortress at Heraklion port worth a visit. The exhibition is well organized and the view is amazing.

Plan your trip to Heraklion

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.