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From Heraklion Airport, the city centre is just a 10-minute drive. Here you’ll find the oft-photographed Morosini Fountain, the expansive Archaeological Museum and a pedestrian area known as Korai Street, renowned for its run of cafés and bars. Head out towards the water and you can tour Heraklion’s fortress, which perches at the entrance of the old port. This fortress had a stern defence since it was once equipped with more than 40 cannons.
Heraklion holidays are steeped in history. To experience the historic side of Heraklion take a walk along the remains of the Venetian city walls, stopping to visit the grave of Greek writer Nikos Kazantzákis. History buffs should also make time for a trip to Knossos, a Bronze Age archaeological site and the main centre of Minoan Crete. For the best experience of this magical place, arrive early in the morning and leave several hours to tour the Palace of Knossos and its surrounding buildings and grounds.
When sightseeing has tired you out, it’s time to hit the beach. Heraklion’s centre is short on sand, but if you head west to the Pankritio Stadium you’ll come to Ammoudara Beach. This long stretch of golden sand is perfect for lazy days in the sun but is also well-suited to water sports enthusiasts. To the east, Karteros offers a Blue Flag beach with plenty of nearby taverns and bars.
Lastly, for nature lovers seeking secluded walks, there’s the uninhabited island of Dia, which is accessible by boat from Heraklion harbour. The main island, meanwhile, boasts beautiful Rouvas Forest, just an hour’s drive southwest from Heraklion.
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Located in the heart of Heraklion, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.
Located in Analipsi, this spa resort is within 6 miles (10 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris, Dinosauria Park and Labyrinth Park. Aquaworld Aquarium and Port of Hersonissos are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Kokkini Chani resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Dinosauria Park, Cretaquarium and Watercity Waterpark. Port of Hersonissos and Heraklion Port are also within 9 miles (15 km).
This family-friendly Hersonissos hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Aquaworld Aquarium and Sarakino. Star Beach Water Park and Lychnostatis are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Hersonissos resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris, Port of Hersonissos and St. Paraskevi Church. Sarakino and Aquaworld Aquarium are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul and Natural History Museum of Crete. Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.