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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
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    5.0 out of 5 (9 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 ...

    GDM Megaron£89

    GDM Megaron£89
    SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel

    SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel

    Stalis, Hersonissos
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      5.0 out of 5 (4 reviews)

      Nestled on the beach, this Hersonissos hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Stalis Beach, Lychnostatis and Star Beach Water Park. Port of Hersonissos and Aquaworld ...

      SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel£107

      SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel£107
      Atrion Hotel

      Atrion Hotel

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

        This family-friendly Heraklion hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul, Natural History Museum of Crete ...

        Atrion Hotel£59

        Atrion Hotel£59
        Aquila Atlantis Hotel

        Aquila Atlantis Hotel

        2 Ygias Street, Heraklion
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

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

          Aquila Atlantis Hotel£82

          Aquila Atlantis Hotel£82
          Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

          Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

          Analipsi, Analipsi, Hersonissos
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            3.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

            Situated near the beach, this spa resort is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ekklisia Agios Konstantinos and within 6 miles (10 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris and ...

            Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only£195

            Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only£195
            Arina Beach Hotel & Bungalows - All Inclusive

            Arina Beach Hotel & Bungalows - All Inclusive

            Kokkini Chani, Gouves
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

              Nestled on the beach, this Gouves resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Watercity Waterpark, Dinosauria Park and Cretaquarium. Heraklion Port and Heraklion Archaeological ...

              Arina Beach Hotel & Bungalows - All Inclusive£123

              Arina Beach Hotel & Bungalows - All Inclusive£123
              Lato Boutique Hotel

              Lato Boutique Hotel

              15 Epimenidou Street, Heraklion
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.4 out of 5 (9 reviews)

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

                Lato Boutique Hotel£74

                Lato Boutique Hotel£74
                Bella Beach - All Inclusive

                Bella Beach - All Inclusive

                Anissaras, Hersonissos
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                  4.2 out of 5 (4 reviews)

                  Nestled on the beach, this Hersonissos resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris, Sarandaris Beach and Port of Hersonissos. Aquaworld Aquarium ...

                  Bella Beach - All Inclusive£118

                  Bella Beach - All Inclusive£118
                  El Greco Hotel

                  El Greco Hotel

                  4, Street 1821, Heraklion
                    2.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    3.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

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

                    El Greco Hotel£34

                    El Greco Hotel£34
                    Harma Boutique Hotel

                    Harma Boutique Hotel

                    6, Emannouil Parlama, Hersonissos
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                      3.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

                      Located in the heart of Hersonissos, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Star Beach Water Park, Sarakino and Aquaworld Aquarium. Port of Hersonissos and ...

                      Harma Boutique Hotel£53

                      Harma Boutique Hotel£53
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