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CretAquarium

CretAquarium is newly opened in the resort of Gouves, located to the east side of Crete about 25 minutes away from Heraklion town. It is open all year long and provides a wonderful insight from a highly scientific scope, into the sea life of the Mediterranean Sea.

 



CretAquarium is very easy to find. Just follow the signposts to Gouves which is just a few kilometres from Heraklion Airport past Kokkini Hani.  Upon your arrival to Gouves you will see the CretAquarium well signposted with its own parking available close to the seafront. 

As part of THALASSOKOSMOS (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research), the largest marine research, technology and entertainment complex in the Mediterranean, CretAquarium's operation and development are founded on scientific knowledge and discoveries made in marine science. Its main goal is to educate people on the marine life under threat from extinction and educate people on how to save our fragile marine life and the seas.


About the Aquarium

Visitors will come face to face with approximately 2.500 organisms belonging to over 250 species. These are kept in more than 60 tanks, with a total capacity of over 1.600.000 litres. The tanks alternate depending on the species, their habitats or habits.

Habitats which host numerous species and large species that have need of room are kept in large tanks, while in the smaller ones, visitors will come across particular species and micro-ecosystems which, though impressive and significant, would be lost to sight in the larger tanks.

A well stocked cafeteria and rest rooms including baby changing facilities are also available to the visitors. It caters well for groups of any size, although it is advisable to go as early as possible in order to avoid the afternoon rush and queues.  


 

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