On a quick note, we recommend you to start your research for hotels in Heraklion in the main Town or in the quaint coastal town of Agia Pelagia. If you are looking for a beach resort, Hersonisos and Malia are ideal. Matala was a famous hippie destination in the south and Siva is a village in the mainland with an authentic character.
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WHERE TO STAY? FIND THE BEST PLACES
Below, you will discover more information about the best places to stay in Heraklion.
Heraklion Town is the biggest city in Crete and the fourth largest one in Greece. It remains busy throughout the whole year and it offers all the facilities one would expect from a modern urban center.
In addition, many museums and other historic places worth visiting can be found in this location, mainly in the heart of the Old Town neighborhoods.
Other important attractions you will find in this region include the Venetian fortress and port, as well as the famous Knossos Palace.
An airport and a port are available in Heraklion Town, while KTEL bus connections to other towns, beaches and villages are also offered. As in all big cities, a public bus network covers the local transport needs.
Although Heraklion is a coastal city, there are no beaches within a walking distance. The nearest seashores are Ammoudara, which is located west of the town and can be reached in 12 minutes by car, and Karterou beach, situated east of Heraklion, near the airport.
If you are considering staying in town, you will find a plethora of hotel units for all budgets and preferences.
Nice restaurants will be within a short distance, not to mention the beautiful views of the Venetian port and the proximity to important cultural sites.
The big city might seem chaotic at first but it is worth it, despite not being the quietest place in Crete.
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Hersonisos is a newly built settlement. It has no traditional character, as it has been designed to be a tourist resort and house all kinds of facilities.
In this area, you will find big seaside hotels that are family-friendly and suitable for all-inclusive vacation.
Its sandy beach is fully organized, with sunbeds and sun umbrellas to rent, as well as cafes, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops.
Hersonissos is located 25 km east of Heraklion Town and 45 km west of Elounda.
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Primarily known for being a touristy coastal settlement, Agia Pelagia is perfect for accommodation near the beach.
Located 25 km away from Heraklion Town, the village combines quaint features with excellent tourist facilities.
As for its beach, it is fully organized, with sun umbrellas and sunbeds, crystal clear waters and a friendly atmosphere.
Many traditional taverns can be found along the coastline.
Luxury hotel units, traditional resorts and villas with swimming pools are available in this area.
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Malia is one the most famous seaside resorts in the regions of Heraklion, 35 km east of the Town.
The village offers plenty of options in terms of affordable accommodation, as it attracts numerous young travelers who pick this location for its vibrant nightlife.
In addition to its lively bars and clubs, Malia offers a picturesque old town in the heart of the village, as well as an archeological site that dates back to the Minoan period.
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The beach of Matala has been popular since the 1970s as a meeting point among hippies who would have big parties on the seashore and spend the night in the natural caves formed on the rocks above the beach.
To this day, the place maintains its chilled-out atmosphere and is considered one of the must-visit places in Crete. The beach and village of Matala are situated on the southern side of the island.
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Sivas is a charming village, located on the mainland of Crete.
It is ideal for everyone who wants to avoid overly touristy locations, as it has an authentic atmosphere and it is considered an alternative destination.
This village offers the opportunity to get to know the local life, while also being a great base for visitors who would like to explore the beaches of the southern coastline.
Many sights and attractions are situated nearby, although a car is necessary in order to be able to travel around.
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HERAKLION, ONE OF THE MOST TOURISTY AREAS
Heraklion is one of the best touristically developed areas in Crete, offering different types of accommodation to choose from all around the region.
You will find luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts that are ideal for family vacation, as well as budget options that are suitable for young visitors and backpackers.
Generally, Heraklion does not offer as many picturesque locations as Chania and Rethymno, but its location is the most convenient one in Crete. A car is highly recommended so that you can move around freely.
As for the scenery, the urban landscape of Heraklion remains busy all year long and is not typical for an island. In fact, Heraklion is one of the biggest cities in Greece and it has both an International Airport and a port.
Its location between Rethymno and Lassithi make it an ideal base for excursions.
When trying to decide where to stay, keep in mind that each area has something different to offer. The Town, Hersonisos and Agia Pelagia offer the widest variety in terms of hotels. Malia is a place famous for its wild nightlife and party scene, while Matala is one of the island's best-known beaches. On the other hand, Sivas is a better option if you are looking for a more traditional setting.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When should I book my hotel?
Heraklion is visited by thousands of tourists every year so booking your hotel early is recommended. Especially if you are travelling during the high season (June- September) and want to stay in a convenient location, it is safer to have completed your reservation 4-5 months in advance.
When is the best time to visit Heraklion?
Crete in general is almost a year-round destination since the winter is mild. Nevertheless, the tourist season in Heraklion when most restaurants and hotels are open starts in mid-April and finishes in early November. June - September are the busiest months on the island.
Where should I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
Will I find last-minute availability?
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your lodging if you are travelling from June to September. Heraklion is a popular destination and hotels get sold out quickly. Booking your stay 4-5 months in advance is safe.
How many days should I spend in Heraklion?
If you want to make tours in different parts of Crete, 1-2 weeks is ideal. If you just want to visit Heraklion and some other nearby destinations, you can limit your stay to 5-7 days.
What types of accommodation are available?
You can basically find all types of accommodation in Heraklion. More specifically there are rooms to let, bnbs, boutique hotels, luxury hotels and suites and all-inclusive beach resorts.
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Is accommodation expensive?
It depends on the period and the type of hotel. Lower rates are found during April- May and October- November. Higher rates are found during the summer months. Also, it depends on the location.
How much does accommodation cost?
It depends on many factors. An average estimation without including luxury options, for 2 persons would be around 70-100 euros/per night in high season.
Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap options (50 euros) in the town of Heraklion and in Malia.
Where is the best place to stay for a family with children?
Heraklion is a family-friendly destination. Any hotel with family rooms and close to a beach is ideal for travelling with kids.