Heraklion Things to do

There are many chances for alternative things to do Heraklion, apart from beach holidays. Diving is a popular activity in Heraklion, particularly in resorts on the northern side of the island, like Hersonissos, Malia, Agia Pelagia, and Gouves. The seabed of Heraklion has interesting flora and fauna and many ancient wrecks.

Also, the strong winds that blow frequently in summer provide great chances for windsurfing. There are some windsurfing centers in Heraklion that rent equipment and offer courses for all levels. Another popular activity is hiking, particularly in spring and autumn when the weather is not so hot. Hiking trails in Heraklion cross impressive gorges, villages, ancient sites and end in secluded beaches.

We have selected below the best things to do in Heraklion but you can find more in the following sections: Sightseeing, Tours & Activities, Beaches, Villages, Eat & Drink, Sports, Shopping, Wellness, Workshops & other.

Do you love history? Want to discover the Palace of Knossos in a unique way? Do not miss the Tour to Knossos Palace.

Discover the best things to do in Heraklion

  • +70 Things to See
    Discover the sightseeings, beaches and villages of the region.
  • +50 Restaurants & Bars
    Discover our selection with the best restaurants and cafe in the area.
  • Tours & Activities
    Discover the island with sometours and excursions proposed.
  • Workshops
    Discover some cooking and dancing workshops available in Heraklion.
  • Watersports
    Watersports in Heraklion are many and found especially in the popular resorts.
  • Scuba diving
    Scuba diving in Heraklion is popular, especially on the northern coasts of the region.
  • Windsurfing
    In the popular resorts of Heraklion, there are few organized centres for windsurfing.
  • Shopping
    Discover the best shops in Heraklio in order to bring home a souvenir from your holiday.
  • Festivals & Events
    Discover the festivals, religious feasts and cultural events in Heraklion, Crete.
  • Golf
    Discover where you can find Golf courts in Heraklion
  • Horse riding
    orse riding in Heraklion Crete is not very popular as a sports, but there are few riding centers.
  • Buy a House
    Have a look in our list with real estate agencies in Heraklion that can help you find or construct your perfect home there.