Heavenly Heraklion holidays 2021
Out of all the Greek islands, Crete is one of the most pristine, not to mention traditional. A paradise in its own right, Heraklion is a slice of Crete that will have you hungry for more. Whether you are a water sports enthusiast and want to witness sights from a jet ski, or are keen to tuck into authentic Greek cuisine, 2021 Heraklion holidays will definitely not disappoint.
As the capital of the island and the fourth biggest island in all of Greece, you can anticipate plenty of fun in the sun during your time in this coastal city. From lazy days at the beach, to evenings perfecting your etiquette at fine dining establishments, there’s something for everyone in Crete's largest city.
The birthplace of El Greco, Heraklion is a haven for holidaymakers. Charge your camera and get set for a history-rich tour around the metropolis. If the archaeological sites do not tempt you to book your holiday in Heraklion, the modern aquariums, traditional eateries and friendly atmosphere sure will.
Why book Heraklion holidays
Discover the best beaches
We love the popular sandy shores of Malia Beach & action-packed Star Beach
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Spend your nights partying in Malia or maybe even Hersonissos?
Sample the local food
Mmm...Cretan cuisine! Whilst in Heraklion, make sure you tuck into loukoumades
Must-visit historical sites
Take a step back in time and discover the Palace of Knossos – the icon of Minoan civilisation
Art & culture
Check out the Historical Museum of Crete, Natural History Museum of Crete & Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Explore the city
Don't miss out on Church of Agios Minas & Agios Titos Church
Most popular Heraklion hotels
Hotel Enorme Lifestyle Beach Resort (Adults Only)
Your guide to Heraklion holidays
Scuba diving professionals and beginners jet off to Crete every year to see marine life beneath the Mediterranean ocean's surface. Heraklion is a great place to dive and if you take a trip to the city's outskirts, you will come across Watercity. One of many water parks in Heraklion, it features whirlpools for the kids and daring slides for the older visitors.
Watch as ferries and ships dock at the local port, before getting a better understanding of the municipality's past at the Ottoman Vezir Mosque, Lions Square fountain and Agios Minas Cathedral. Numerous museums are based in Heraklion, including the Historical Museum of Crete, Museum of Visual Arts, and Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.
Crete is known for its sandy beaches, the vast majority of which have been awarded Blue Flag status. So, which beaches are worth visiting? Well, Matala is top of the list for its enchanting rock formations and well-maintained stretch of coastline.
However, the 65-kilometre journey might be too far for some people who holiday in Heraklion. An alternative choice is Agia Pelagia. This large resort is based 10 kilometres east of Heraklion and its beach is split into two sections.
A profusion of facilities and amenities are on offer just like they are at the nearest beaches, Kalamaki, which is two kilometres away, Karteros-coast, and Komos.
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Prices last checked at 22:05 11 April 2021