Holidays in Heraklio

Heraklio Holidays 

Being aware of the needs of the Greek traveler and especially of the modern foreigner one, who sometimes is in awe of the abundance of information on the internet, the well experienced team of has a suggestion for everyone’ s taste. With over 35 years of expertise in tourism in Greece, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to questions usually asked when one plans holidays in Heraklio: how do I get there, where do I stay, what can I see and do in Heraklio? What about transportation on the island?

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Heraklio travel, tourism info

The prefecture of Heraklio, second from the right, covers an area of 2,011 and lies between the prefectures of Rethymno and Lassithi. It is the most populated prefecture of Crete and its capital, the town of Heraklio, is the capital of the island. Other developed towns and villages are Agia Pelagia, Malia, Hersonissos, a very well organized summer resort, Epano Arhanes, Nea Alikarnassos, Myres and Agia Varvara. The climate in the prefecture is very good with sunshine most of the year. There are various mountains with Dikti mountain chain and Kofinas being the most important and also a few valleys. It is the most frequented area in Crete, mainly due to its splendid archaeological sites that enchant every visitor and display the magnificence of the Minoan civilization. But apart from the famous historical monuments, Heraklio has an abundance of other wonderful characteristics that make the prefecture an excellent holiday destination for all types of visitors. Thousands of holiday-makers from all walks of life select Heraklio as their vacation spot every year; celebrities and VIPs, simple travellers, backpackers, all gathered in this marvelous location. On Heraklio beaches, visitors can lie on pristine sands and swim in clear, cool waters. After a day at the beach, a delicious meal of Cretan delicacies at one of the many traditional Heraklio tavernas and restaurants really hits the spot. In the evening, everyone gathers at the popular seaside Heraklio resorts to go dancing at the clubs and bars. Stunning beaches, lush hillsides, charming traditional villages and stimulating nightlife, fused together to create the irresistible Heraklio Prefecture.

Heraklio useful info

Tourist Police +30 2810 283190
Port Authority +30 2810 244912
Hospital +30 2810 237502
Archeological Museum +30 2810 226092
Bus Terminal +30 2810 245019
Municipality +30 2810 399399
Knossos Archeological area +30 2810 245019
Festos Archeological area +30 28920 42315
Malia Archeological area +30 28970 31597
Limenas Chersonissos Tourist Police +30 28970 21000

Holiday packages, Offers for Heraklio

Holiday packages for Heraklio, is the site that enables you to create online, easily and quickly, your own holiday package to Heraklio. We can assure you that you can make any booking with us, whether it is airplane or ferry tickets, hotels, car rental 


Heraklio Ferry Tickets, Ship Itineraries, Special Offers

Booking ferry tickets for Heraklio

Book your ferry tickets for Heraklio online with us, then collect your ticket at the port before your departure, from the special ticket kiosks. - Please note that some ship companies do not offer this service. If the case is so, we post your tickets well in advance.-

Ship itinerary information for Heraklio

Heraklio's homonymous port can be reached by ferry boat, mainly from the port of Piraeus. Also, there is access from some other islands, such as Ios, Karpathos, Kassos, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Rodos and Santorini by ferry boat or sea-taxi. We can offer ferry tickets through our online booking system.

Air tickets to Heraklio, Flights, Special Offers

Booking Air tickets for Heraklio

The Heraklio airport is connected with the main airports of Greece. Moreover, Heraklio airport welcomes several foreign airlines, especially during summer time, which schedule regular or charter flights. Thus, travellers from abroad have the chance to visit this magnificent destination.

Book your flights easily and quickly through our online booking system. Telephone booking is also available for those who do not want to use a credit card.The airport is Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” situaded in Nea Alikarnasso, 4km from the city center.

Flights to Heraklio

Domestic flights

Flights from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport to Heraklio are daily and, depending on the period of year, become more frequent. Flights last 45 minutes approximately and the types of aircrafts vary.

The airplane carriers are only Aegean Airlines. Heraklio airport is connected with Thessaloniki as well.

International flights

International passengers will reach Heraklio via Athens, however, there are some low cost airlines from European destinations that connect directly.

To receive the most-up-to-date information on flights, please refer to our online booking for tickets, as schedules and flights to Heraklio change.

Special offers and cheap tickets to Heraklio

To get the best deals early booking is required. Visit and find cheap tickets for Heraklio. Take profit from low cost airline and last-minute bookings, as well. Don't forget to use your airmile bonus card.

Hotels in Heraklio, Hotel Guide, Special Offers

Hotel Guide provides you with a complete and up-to-date guide for hotel accommodation. You can find your favourite accommodation searching either by location, or by hotel name. 

Luxury Hotels in Heraklio

If you would like to search for Luxury Hotels in Heraklio (Luxury hotels, boutique hotels, 4 or 5 star hotels) search under the section Luxury Hotels.

Cheap Hotels in Heraklio

If you are searching for Cheap Hotels in Heraklio (rooms, apartments 3, 2, and 1 star hotels) search under the section Cheap Hotels.

Special Hotel Offers in Heraklio

If you are looking for special offers visit our section Hotel Offers in Greece.

Booking Hotels in Heraklio

When browsing the hotel list for Heraklio, and clicking on the link "online booking", you 'll be first shown the hotels that offer online booking. By pressing on the button 'Book & Prices' you reach the online booking machine for the selected hotel.

Car rental in Heraklio, Special Offers

Rent a car

To avoid the trouble of taking your own car to Heraklio, we urge you to book one online, through our car rental service. Thus, you are free to wander all over the island and visit sites and places that are not easily reachable by bus.

Car rental pickup points

Car rental pickup points are heraklio airport, heraklio port, city center, Agia Galini, Agia Pelagia and Hersonissos. These are all easily accessible locations when arriving on the island. Please check our online booking machine, for any changes concerning the car rental pickup points.

Car rental offers

The car rental rates that you will find on our online booking system are advantageous, and by browsing there you will find car rental offers in Heraklio. You can compare the car rental cost with that of transfering your own car to the island by ferry, and so decide what is more convenient to you depending on the duration of your vacation.

Excursions and special places of interest in Heraklio

Excursions and tours in Heraklio

The Prefecture of Heraklio, Crete is world-famous for its exquisite archaeological and historical sights. It was the center of the great Minoan civilization, which was very advance for its time, having developed multi-level buildings, intricate sewage and plumbing systems, and ventilation networks.
The finest Minoan site is the Knossos Palace, built between 1700 and 1300 BC. The Palace of Knossos contains approximately 1300 rooms, including a main court, a throne room, royal quarters, the queen's manor, a sanctuary, storerooms, a theater and the famous bathtub of Knossos, where the queen took her baths. Other impressive features of the Knossos Palace are the splendid, colorful frescos. Apart from the Royal Palace of Knossos, there are the magnificent Minoan Palaces of Malia and Phaistos (Phaestos), where the spectacular clay Phaistos Disk was found. Other wonderful Minoan sites include the settlements of Amnissos, Tylissos, Gortyna, Lyttos and Levina, as well as the ancient town, sanctuary, graveyard and summer palace in Archanes.There are also a number of impressive religious sights that are worth a visit, such as the Church of Agios Titos, the patron saint of the island, the Church of Agios Markos and the Cathedral of Agios Minas in Heraklio Town. The Sabbatian Monastery in Agia Pelagia is located in a lovely natural setting, while the Agaranthou Monastery in Peza is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete. The island of Crete has a distinct Venetian aura, and the Prefecture of Heraklio is no exception. Throughout the region there are many Venetian castles and fortresses. The most well-known are the Venetian Town Walls, the Venetia Port and the Morozini Fountain in Heraklio Town. If you are a museum buff, we recommend visiting the Archaeological, Ecclesiastical and Historical Museums in Heraklio Town, the Lychnostatis Museum in Hersonissos, the Archaeological Museum in Archanes and the museum of Dominikos Theotokopoulos - otherwise known as El Greco- in Fodele, the painter's home town. Lastly, nature aficionados will have a superb time in the Heraklio prefecture, trekking on Mt. Youchtas, hiking through the Viannos-Amira Gorge and walking along the idyllic path from Agia Kyriaki Church to the Kali Limenes Beach.

So, take advantage of our suggestions and feel the magic of the island by booking tours in Heraklio

Places of interest in Heraklio

The long coast of Heraklio makes it the ideal holiday spot if you are the type of tourist who loves lying on the beach, soaking up the sun's rays, and bathing in crystal-clear waters. There are many Heraklio beaches to choose from, some of which are always packed with people and some more quiet and secluded. If you prefer cosmopolitan beaches with lots of people, we suggest going to the popular Heraklio beaches, such as Malia, Hersonissos, Stalida (Stalis), Gouves, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia, Mononaftis and Matala. If you are fond of beaches where you can relax in peace and quiet, we recommend swimming at Dermatos, Loutra Lendas, Katlyki, Kalamaki, Kommos, Paleokastro and Fodele. Most Heraklio beaches offer at least the basic facilities: tavernas, cafes, umbrellas and chaise longues

Thematic tours in Heraklio

Heraklio is considered to be a remarkable destination in the world for :

Romantic Holidays In Greece

Ecological Tourism In Greece

Adventure tours in Greece

Greek Wine Roads

Youth Tourism.

Restaurants and nightlife in Heraklio

The Prefecture of Heraklio is the nightlife capital of Crete. Heraklio Town and other holiday resorts like Hersonissos, Agia Pelagia, Stalida and Koutouloufari, are packed with traditional tavernas, posh restaurants and snack stands that offer meals for both high and low budgets cost. In mountainous Heraklio villages, visitors are treated to a genuine Cretan atmosphere while enjoying their meal. Crete is very well-known for its healthy cuisine and proprietors of Heraklio restaurants and tavernas serve a wide selection of local delicacies, including all the popular dishes, such as dakos (vinegar & water-soaked barley rusk with chopped tomato and feta cheese), dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves), traditionally-cooked escargot, potatoes "oftes" (fried with the peel), staka cheese, rabbit stew, fresh seafood, kaltsounia (sweet cheese pastries) and "raki", the very strong alcoholic drink, served in a shot glass.
Heraklio Town also has hundreds of bars and clubs which are packed at night with young people who dance and party till close to sunup. Hersonissos and Malia nightlife venues consist of an abundance of bars and clubs by the seaside, which are also very popular with the younger crowd. Most visitors who enjoy stimulating nightlife alternate between Heraklio Town and Hersonissos, Crete.

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