Holidays in Heraklion Crete

Holidays in Heraklion Crete

Heraklion is the biggest town on the island of Crete, and is located in the central region of the island between the prefectures of Lassithi and Rethymno. It is the main port for entry to the island, and is visited by huge numbers of travellers each year.

Heraklion Crete - GreeceThe prefecture is filled with various towns and villages, all of which have their own immense beauty and charm. The town of Heraklion is the commercial, agricultural, administrative and industrial centre of Crete. It is a very beautiful town, and one with a grat deal of interesting sites and places to visit.

As well as the main town, there are many others that are well worth visiting, and which are extremely popular holiday and vacation destinations for visitors to Crete. Hersonisos is one such destination, and this is a popular tourist resort for travellers.

In the prefecture of Heraklion, there are a great many interesting sites and places to visit. The archaeological site of Knossos is perhaps one of the most important in Crete, and it is a site that should be visited by all who travel to Heraklion. The remains of the Minoan Palace, as well as many other fascinating ruins and artifacts can be seen here.

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is also well worth visiting, where you can see some wonderful displays or objects and artifacts from the Minoan period of Crete.

For those who enjoy the beach and sea, there are some very nice beaches found all around the coastline of Heraklion. These include popular beaches such as Agia Pelagia ( located North-West of the town of Heraklion ), Amnissos ( located to the east of Heraklion ) and Amoudara ( located to the west of Heraklion ). There are many other beautiful beaches in the prefecture, providing the perfect setting for your relaxing and enjoyable holidays by the sea.

Whether you are looking for a holiday to unwind and relax, or one filled with activities and interesting places to visit, then region of Heraklion in Crete is the ideal destination. With so much to offer, visitors are often spoilt for choice.

How do I travel to Heraklion in Crete ?

Visitors to Heraklion can arrive by air or sea. There is an airport in Heraklion which serves domestic flights from all across Greece such as Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as international and charter flights from destinations across Europe. Find more information about flights to Heraklion by clicking the link.

Arrivals by sea is the other method of getting to Heraklion, and the main port of the city had regular ferry connections with Piraeus in Athens, as well as many of the other islands in the Cyclades and Dodecanese. The main shipping lines such as Anek Lines, Minoan Lines and Super Fast Ferries all have frequent routes to and from Heraklion. Find more information about ferries to Heraklion by clicking the link.

Where can I stay in Heraklion ?

You will be able to find a great selection of comfortable and quality accommodation in Heraklion. You’ll be able to choose from hotels, apartments, guestshouses, studios and other types of accommodation – so whatever your preferences, you should be able to find exactly what you want. Some of the most popular destinations in Heraklion where you can find accommodation include Heraklio Town, Hersonissos, Malia, Stalida, Sissi and Gouves. Find more information about hotels in Heraklion by clicking the link.

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Map of Heraklion

 

Useful Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heraklion - Wikipedia page for the county of Heraklion
http://www.heraklion.gr/en - Official website for the Municipality of Heraklion
http://www.aroundheraklion.com – Travel guide to the region of Heraklion
http://www.ηρακλειο.com/ - Greek language website for Heraklion
http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh151.jsp?obj_id=3327 - Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Author: Alex Dounavis

An avid traveller and keen writer about travel destinations in Greece and the Greek islands

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