Opened: December 2005
Experience the Mediterranean marine world, on a journey of discovery beginning here. Hundreds of species and thousands of organisms will come face to face, fascinating you with their behaviour and revealing the wide variety of shapes, colours, habits and needs of their own world. Learn about them and reflect on what our common future may be.
Last visited 2020
Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos - Aquarium
Former American Base at Gournes
PO Box 2214
Phone number 2810 337788
Fax number 2810 337882
November-March 9.30 am-4pm
April-Oktober 9.30 am-7pm
There are several daily feeding as well as a touchpool
The Cretaquarium project was conceived by employees of the former Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC) to create the first large aquarium in Greece, as part of a marine park for research, education, culture and recreation. Its construction was co-financed by the European Investment Bank and the Greek state. Cretaquarium first opened on the site of the former USAF Iraklion Air Station near the town of Gournes in December 2005 and underwent a major expansion during the winter of 2008–9, when 25 new tanks were installed. The aquarium is currently operated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, a public research institution. Its exhibits focus on the marine fauna of the Mediterranean region in more than 60 tanks.