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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.

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GDM Megaron

GDM Megaron

9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion
4.8
of 5, from 420 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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.

Lyttos Beach – All Inclusive

Lyttos Beach – All Inclusive

Hersonissos, Hersonissos
4.5
of 5, from 71 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Analipsi resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Convention Centre Creta Maris, Port of Hersonissos and Aquaworld Aquarium. Sarakino and St. Paraskevi Church are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£40
Atrion Hotel

Atrion Hotel

9 Chronaki Street, Heraklion
4.2
of 5, from 245 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Monastery of St. Peter and St. Paul, Natural History Museum of Crete and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Dermatas Gate and Historical Museum of Crete are also within 5 minutes.

£66
Aquila Atlantis Hotel

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

2 Ygias Street, Heraklion
4.4
of 5, from 266 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Heraklion hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from 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.

£36
Lato Boutique Hotel

Lato Boutique Hotel

15 Epimenidou Street, Heraklion
4.4
of 5, from 679 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, 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.

The Island-Adults Only

The Island-Adults Only

Vlihadas str., Gouves
4.4
of 5, from 11 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kato Gouves hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ekklisia Agios Konstantinos, Dinosauria Park and Cretaquarium. Port of Hersonissos and Convention Centre Creta Maris are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£30
Infinity City Boutique Hotel

Infinity City Boutique Hotel

Ariadnis 9, Heraklion
4.3
of 5, from 33 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Titus Church and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Natural History Museum of Crete is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel

SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach Hotel

Stalis, Hersonissos
4.3
of 5, from 59 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Stalida hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Stalis Beach, Lychnostatis and Star Beach Water Park. Port of Hersonissos and Aquaworld Aquarium are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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