The prefecture of Heraklion, among the most popular regions in Crete, offers many tourist or remote villages to discover. Heraklion Town, Hersonissos and Malia offer plenty of tourist facilities, while villages on the island and the southern coast give a nice view of rural life on Crete.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
After you have seen the best Heraklion villages, you can also find information about the best beaches.
Guide to 14 villages
Discover our guide to 14 Heraklion villages. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Heraklion. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Description: Heraklion Town is the largest city in Crete and the main transportation hub of the island. It distinguishes for its large fortress at the entrance of the port. Many beautiful beaches surround this big town.
Description: This is a picturesque village built on the slopes of a short hill. Many ancient sites surround Epano Archanes, while in a close distance is also the village Kato Archanes.
Description: Hersonissos is one of the most developed tourist resorts of Heraklion Crete. It has many tourist facilities, cosmopolitan atmosphere and a lovely port where fishing boats moor.
Description: A small seaside village on the southern side of Crete, Lentas offers a nice alternative for family vacations.
Description: Located in the inland of southern Crete, Harakas is an authentic Cretan village, untouched by tourism.
Description: Agioi Deka, one of the prettiest villages in Crete, is spread in the valley of Messaras. In close distance, there is the site of Ancient Gortyn.
Description: A small village on top of Mount Sfentilia, Ethia has few inhabitants and it is totally untouched by tourism.
Description: This is a beautiful village amidst a fertile valley with vineyards and olive trees. In the Medieval times, there was a castle in the area.
Description: A popular tourist resort with many facilities and a well-organized beach, Malia attracts a lot of visitors in summer. A Minoan palace is located close to Malia.
Description: Prinias is a tiny village in the inland of Heraklion Crete. It is constructed at an altitude of 610 m and surrounded by lush greenery.
Description: Sivas is a small village close to the busy resort of Matala, on the south western side of Heraklion Crete.
Description: Ano Viannos is a small village built on the slopes of Mount Dikti. It distinguishes for its traditional architecture and the picturesque views to the surrounding regions.
Description: Mires is an administrative and commercial centre in the south western side of Heraklion Crete. This is a modern town and gets busy every Saturday with the big bazaar of local products.
Description: Zaros is a small, mountainous village in the inland of Heraklion Crete. It is known for its pure water and the lush nature.