Situated near the two major archeological sites of Crete, Knossos Palace and Phaistos Palace, Heraklion is the perfect base for your exploration! The region itself is lovely, with stunning beaches to discover and a lively town, full of hidden gems from the Venetian period.

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You can reach Heraklion easily by plane from Athens International Airport and abroad, or by ferry from Athens and other islands, like Santorini and Mykonos.


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Heraklion is the most popular region of Crete and is located on the eastern side of the island, between Rethymno and Lassithi. Its beautiful capital, Heraklion Town, is one of the busiest cities in Crete.

Even though it has an often crowded city center, the main Town keeps its unique vibe. Strolling around the town, you will come across Koules Fortress at the Venetian port, Turkish and Venetian fountains, Venetian buildings, the Venetian Loggia and museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Natural History.

However, the major and most stunning attractions in Heraklion are the ruins of the ancient Minoan Palaces. Knossos Palace is the largest of all Minoan palatial structures. The remains of colorful murals, imposing red columns and the glorious throne room will make you feel transported into the Minoan Era. The Minoan Palace of Phaistos is the second most important Minoan site on the east side of Kastri Hill. It boasts a beautiful natural setting and attracts history enthusiasts from all over the world!

If you are not a big fan of sightseeing, you should head to the beautiful beaches! The northern and southern coasts of the region are fringed with some amazing beaches, such as the former hippies' paradise, Matala.

For those who want to spend their holidays in Crete by the beach, many hotels are situated close to the beaches! In fact, Heraklion is home to some of Greece's most luxurious all-inclusive resorts, featuring swimming pools, sports facilities, spa centers, restaurants, and gyms!

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Many of the country's top hotels are found in Heraklion. The seaside resorts such as Hersonissos and Agia Pelagia host many modern all-inclusive hotels with hundreds of rooms and dozens of amenities and facilities of all kinds, including swimming pools, courts, and wellness facilities and services. As some even have kids' pools and water slides, playgrounds and entertainment activities, they are an ideal choice for families who want to visit Crete.

Although opulence is synonymous with Heraklion, that doesn't mean that travellers on a lower budget can't find accommodation that caters for their needs. Heraklion town as well as quieter areas along the Heraklion River have hotels, rooms and houses that provide customers with several amenities at lower prices than 5-star all-inclusive hotels.
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Some of the most popular hotels are:
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Heraklion has both an international airport and a port. Therefore, it is accessible by plane from Athens and foreign airports but also via ferry from Athens (Piraeus) and many other islands of the Aegean (Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Ios, and more).
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Discover the highlights of Heraklion to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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  • Knossos Palace
    The Minoan Palace of Knossos is the most famous sight in Crete. Located near Heraklion Town, this palace was found almost intact under volcanic ashes.
  • Phaestos Palace
    The Minoan Palace of Phaistos is located on the southern side of Heraklion, on the way to Matala. It is famous for the Disk of Phaistos, which has not been fully decoded to this day.
  • Tours & Activities
    Discover some organized tours in the area of Heraklion and around it and to Santorini Island.
  • Archaeological museum
    The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion Town hosts exhibits from various excavations in Crete. The most interesting items date from the Minoan Times, such as the famous Disk of Phaestos.
  • Matala beach
    Located in the southern side of Crete, the beach of Matala used to be a hippies' paradise. A large hippies festival takes place there in summer since 2011.
  • Malia beach
    Malia is the most famous beach resort of Heraklion and the most renowned nightlife spot in Crete. It gets very busy and usually attracts young people and clubbing-lovers.
  • Agiofaraggo beach
    A wonderful beach at the end of a gorge, Agiofaraggo is a popular spot among nudists.


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