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Heraklion Holiday: coronavirus information

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Heraklion

The island of Crete is packed with popular holiday towns, from pretty Chania to picturesque Malia, which is a world-famous haven for beach bums. Spend some time exploring the busy streets of Heraklion, though, and you’ll discover a place that ticks every box when it comes to city holidays. Museums and sightseeing spots abound, but it’s the excellent food and authentic urban vibe that make Heraklion a truly special destination.

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.

Crete is full to the brim with great beach destinations. Check out all our cheap beach holidays to Crete. If you like Crete then you're sure to love the popular beach destinations on mainland Greece. Check out our all inclusive holidays to HeraklionMykonos beach holidays and other top Greek beach destinations.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Heraklion?

A: If you're limiting yourself to the lively cities of Malia or Krousón, you might be better off using ride-share services or public transportation. But if you're planning to road trip around the region of Heraklion or farther afield, you may like to book a set of wheels beforehand. If you're looking for Cheap Car Hire in Heraklion, we can help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Heraklion?

A: When you reach Heraklion, you'll most likely be collecting your bags at Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis). This top airport services 1,159 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Heraklion?

A: Pack your suitcase and stay at one of the leading hotels. They're one of the most frequently booked hotel types. Apart-hotels, apartments and villas are also readily available in Heraklion.

Q: What does a Heraklion holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: It depends on what kind of holiday in Heraklion you're planning. You can pick a hotel and flight, or flight, hotel and car, or car and hotel — or any of these as a stand-alone. If you like, you can also throw in some experiences and activities.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Heraklion?

A: Save money and hassle by bundling your bookings with us. From Flights to Hotels and Activities, Expedia will help you pull together an amazing Heraklion escape. The more you sort out now, the more savings you stand to make. You'll also have less to be worried about when you finally get to your destination.

Q: What are the best things to do in Heraklion?

A: For an unforgettable getaway, add Malia Ruins in Malia to your list of must-do attractions.


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Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel £55
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020
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Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

11 Eleftherias square, Heraklion, Crete Island
     
    4.1 of 5
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    A very good downtown hotel at an excellent price. It is very centrally located in the best spot in Heraklion and has a great cafe to enjoy a meal or a coffee. I stay there whenever I’m in town.

    Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only £209
    Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019
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    Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

    Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

    Analipsi, Analipsi, Hersonissos
       
      4.8 of 5
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      Great place to stay. Well maintained. Staff excellent, can't fault them. Would go again.

      Stella Palace Resort & Spa £206
      Reviewed on 7 Feb 2020
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      Stella Palace Resort & Spa

      Stella Palace Resort & Spa

         
        4.4 of 5
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        We were a family of 3, and we were amazing! The food, the pools, the view from the room, Everything was sweet to us We highly recommend.

        Abaton Island Resort & Spa £262
        Reviewed on 27 Jun 2020
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        Abaton Island Resort & Spa

        Abaton Island Resort & Spa

        Themistokleous Ave., Hersonissos, Crete
           
          4.6 of 5
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          Phenomenal hotel/resort, every detail is taken care of, the staff were all amazing restaurants are incredible, the poo, rooms and the gentleman’s bar, when the pianist is playing and the sun is going down outside is simply magical.

          GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel £76
          Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020
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          GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel

          GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel

          9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion, Crete Island
             
            4.8 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Because we were with Expedia on our four day stay at the start of our trip we had a sea view room, on our second stay we were upgraded to a Junior Suite. Breakfast at the hotel is incredible. To quote my husband: any hotel that has an 8 foot diameter table with incredible Cretan sweets is at the ...

            Cretan Malia Park a Member of Design Hotels £169
            Reviewed on 31 Oct 2019
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            Cretan Malia Park a Member of Design Hotels

            Cretan Malia Park a Member of Design Hotels

            Cretan Malia Park, Malia, Crete
               
              4.6 of 5
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              The garden is simply incredible and the beach is really beautiful. Take the time to explore the entire beach going further than just the area in front of the hotel: there are many surprises waiting for you. Finally, the staff is absolutely amazing

              AneSea Hotel
              AneSea Hotel

              AneSea Hotel

              Grammatikaki, Malia, Crete
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mediterranean Sea and Malia Beach. Palace of Malia and Strand are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                The Island-Adults Only
                Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019
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                The Island-Adults Only

                The Island-Adults Only

                   
                  4.5 of 5
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                  The communal areas are superb. We booked a standard room which was adequate but not luxurious. Our small terrace overlooked an unattractive gravel area.

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