Heraklion is the capital of the island of Crete, one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities of the Mediterranean region. Located at the crossroads of three continents, it has been a city of great influence throughout history. 

To counter the financial austerity, Heraklion focused its energies on tourism and the agricultural sector.

Heraklion has shaped its transformation into a smart city around six pillars: citizens, smart living, energy and environment, digital transformation, economy and mobility and transportation. The city brings these pillars together within a holistic approach where information technologies create and strengthen human networks, businesses, infrastructure and resources with the support of smart administrative tools. 

Heraklion was a participant city in the DCC.

Participating cities

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  • Core
Ventspils
Ventspils
Latvia
  • Core
Le Havre Seine Métropole
Le Havre Seine Métropole
France
  • Core
Corfu
Corfu
Greece
  • Core
Galați
Galați
Romania
  • Core
Castellón de la Plana
Castellón de la Plana
Spain
  • Challenge
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
France
  • Mentor
Busan
Busan
Korea
  • Core
Idrija
Idrija
Slovenia
  • Mentor
Antwerp
Antwerp
Belgium
  • Core
Bytom
Bytom
Poland
  • Core
Issy-les-Moulineaux
Issy-les-Moulineaux
France
  • Core
L'Aquila
L’Aquila
Italy