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Crete is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It's the largest of the Greek islands and was the centre of the earliest civilization in Europe, the Minoans, of over 4700 years ago. Crete is a highly enjoyable holiday destination, with tourists arriving throughout the year for the warm weather, beautiful beaches and luxurious resort hotels scattered around the island.

Especially popular with tourists are the Archaeological sites of early Minoan ruins and the Venetian Castle at Rethymno. Along with sightseeing, visitors may also enjoy spending time at the Palm Beach of Vai or indulging in water sports such as sailing, diving or snorkelling.

Top Heraklion attractions

Aquaworld Aquarium, Chersonisos

This aquarium specializes in local sea life as well as reptiles from around the world.

Manousakis Winery, Chania Town

Take a tour of the winery to see the process used to make the six labels of wine that they produce. A wine tasting is included with each tour.

Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi

The sand is pink and the water is a beautiful emerald green at this beach. You'll find that the water is usually warm enough for comfortable swimming, or you can simply relax on the beach taking in the sun.

Landrover Safari Crete Day Tours, Malia

Tour the Crete that visitors rarely see. The guide takes you away from typical tour locations to give you a look at the natural beauty of Crete.

Finikia Horse Riding Tour, Finikia

Enjoy a tour of the Finikia area from horseback. Riders of all experience levels are welcome as the horses are gentle enough to handle first-timers.

Bread & Cheese & Cretan Food, Vamos

Learn to make Greek bread with local cheeses at this unique workshop. The workshop includes a visit to two dairy farms to pick the cheese, along with a trip to a taverna to make the bread.

Vai Beach, East Coast of Island

This sandy beach borders the largest palm forest in Europe and contains several trails for hiking.

Rethymnon Old Town, Rethymnon

The Old Town is a neighbourhood filled with historic buildings, small shops and restaurants where you can have a delicious meal of authentic Cretan food.

The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion

The ruin of the Palace of Knossos was the home of the king of Minos, made famous with the legend of the Minotaur, and is a national monument.

Mercato Agora di Chania, Chania Town

This market located in the centre of town has a wide variety of items for sale, from local crafts to tasty seafood.

Insider tips for Heraklion travel

Spyros Taverna, Gouves

Have a taste of some of the best food on the island at this tavern. Prices are low and you'll need to make a reservation to ensure seating.

Vegera, Zaros

There's no menu at this Cretan restaurant. Have a seat and you'll be served a delicious meal, consisting of whatever the owner felt like making that day.

Ferryman Taverna, Elounda

Another fine Cretan restaurant, Ferryman Taverna, has great tasting food and a remarkable view of the ocean from the patio.

Six Senses Spa, Porto Elounda

Treat yourself to a day of pampering at this luxurious spa, offering everything from private meditation rooms to hammam scrubs.

The Hemingway, Sissi

The Hemmingway is a laid-back little bar overlooking the harbour in Sissi. Drop by and relax after a day of sightseeing to watch a beautiful sunset over the sea with a drink in your hand.

Best time to go on holiday to Heraklion

The summer is the peak travel period, with both a rise in population and prices. If you wish to miss the summer crowds but still arrive in time to enjoy wonderful weather conditions, then the best time to visit is during the fall. Depending on when you're visiting the island, you may be able to participate in the Chestnut Festival in October or watch the St. Minas Parade in November. The weather in Crete is mild year-round, and in the early fall temperatures tend to remain around 20°C during the daytime, dropping to the mid-teens at night.

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GDM Megaron

GDM Megaron

9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological ...

£55

£55
The Island-Adults Only

The Island-Adults Only

Vlihadas str., Gouves
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kato Gouves hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ekklisia Agios Konstantinos, Dinosauria Park, and Cretaquarium. Port of Hersonissos and ...

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

2 Ygias Street, Heraklion
5.0 out of 5.0
2.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

This family-friendly Heraklion hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological ...

£71

£71
Despo Hotel - All Inclusive

Despo Hotel - All Inclusive

Gouves Pediados, Gouves
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Kato Gouves, this all-inclusive resort is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Ekklisia Agios Konstantinos and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dinosauria Park and Cretaquarium. ...

Aktia Lounge Hotel & Spa

Aktia Lounge Hotel & Spa

44 Agiou Ioannou str., Hersonissos
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Stalida, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Stalis Beach, Star Beach Water Park, and Lychnostatis. Palace of Malia ...

Atrion Hotel

Atrion Hotel

9 Chronaki Street, Heraklion
3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul, Natural History Museum of Crete, and Heraklion ...

£45

£45
El Greco Hotel

El Greco Hotel

4, Street 1821, Heraklion
2.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mark's Basilica, Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and Natural History Museum ...

£31

£31
Hotel Matheo Villas & Suites

Hotel Matheo Villas & Suites

1 Theodoros Savidis str., Malia
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Malia hotel is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Stalis Beach and Palace of Malia. Star Beach Water Park and Aquaworld Aquarium ...

£75

£75
Olive Green Hotel

Olive Green Hotel

Meramvellou & Idomeneos 22, Heraklion
4.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is steps from St. Titus Church and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.7 mi (1.1 ...

£54

£54
Oceanis Hotel

Oceanis Hotel

Anissaras, Hersonissos
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hersonissos hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris, Aquaworld Aquarium, and Sarakino. St. ...

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