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The capital of the island of Crete, Heraklion is Greece’s fifth largest city and home to some of the country’s most iconic sights, including the Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological museum.
The best and warmest weather is between May and October, with the months of June, July and August being the real high season. Flights and accommodation are more expensive at this time and crowds for major attractions can get fairly large.
Towards the end of summer, from September onwards, things start to calm down a little and the weather can still be warm enough for a sea swim until late October. This is also a great time to find cheap flights to Heraklion.
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There are direct cheap flights to Heraklion from a range of UK airports, including:
Heraklion International Airport is the main airport on the island of Crete and second busiest in Greece after Athens. It serves more than seven million passengers a year with the busiest routes being to the UK. It is located around three miles to the east of city.
A choice of airlines operates direct cheap flights to Heraklion from the UK, including:
Once you have landed on Crete, the journey to the capital is a short one. Located in the middle of the island and by far its biggest city, virtually all roads lead to Heraklion.
You can rent a car at the airport for convenient travel or use the island’s bus network to get around during your stay.
Almost all bus lines pass through the city centre with tickets available to purchase on board.
There are taxi ranks around Heraklion at all the major tourist hot spots.
The Minoan Palace of Knossos is perhaps the best-known attraction on the island, and is located just a few miles south of the city. This was the seat of the mythical King Minos and connected with the legend of the Minotaur.
The Venetian castle of Koules in the harbour and the ancient walls are further sites of historic importance and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a must for history lovers.
Crete is three hours ahead of the UK and the currency is the euro.
UK citizens do not need a visa for entry into Greece for stays of up to 90 days.
It says free bag I paid for mine
Flight 90 minutes late departing - but Hey - we’re on holiday
Very cold on the plane, new seats not very comfy
Short flight. Acceped children onboard. Fine for short haul, amenity light and loads of extra charges. But we slept.
With only 38 passengers compared to c.155 capacity, the cabin crew invited passengers to move to seats with greater leg room if they wished; this was much appreciated.
Flight delayed after boarding !!
Everything you can hope for.
Apart from delays for boarding and take off on outbound flight, no problems.
All ok apart fron late arrivevall of plaine and late take off 120 mins late
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