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Heraklion Holidays

The capital city of Crete, Heraklion is a fascinating fusion of ancient and modern. In recent years, walking around the city’s historic centre would’ve been almost impossible, due to the sheer volume of traffic passing through. Today, most of main historic areas have been pedestrianized, giving you the chance to soak up early Cretan architecture or go shopping in sleek, contemporary malls.

While you’re away on holiday, make sure you visit Liondaria. The name translates as ‘Lion Square’, in reference to the four stone lions that guard a beautiful fountain featuring detailed carvings and statues of sea-nymphs, mythical monsters, and other creatures from Greek legend. Liondaria is a hub for everyone and anyone: you’ll see impromptu business meetings being held in cafés, groups of locals arguing animatedly about this and that, and tourists just soaking up the scenery. There are plenty of places to grab a bite and don’t forget to try the bougastsas: a Greek pastry filled with vanilla cream.

Market Street is a must for bargain-hunters taking looking for all sorts of fresh produce. Here you’ll find fresh herbs, meat and fish, sold alongside clothing, honey, cheese and the local spirit, raki.

Whatever you’re looking from your time in the sun, this superb city is sure to deliver.

11-29 °C

If you want to make the most of the sunshine, book your getaway between June and August, when the temperatures hover in the mid-to-late twenties.

3 and a half to 4 hours

Between three and a half and four hours, depending on where you fly from.

Flights land at Heraklion Airport, which is about 3km from the resort.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Heraklion to experience some of the wonders of ancient Greece, walk around the city’s famous walls and enjoy nights out on the harbour. 

Recommended offers in Heraklion

Happy Days Studios

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • This wonderful apartment complex enjoys an enviable setting at the heart of the old town of Malia. The complex is situated just a 10 minutes' walki...

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service

Sergiani Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Welcoming atmosphere
  • Great base to explore the local area
  • 200m from the sandy beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 130 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Frida Apartments

14 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Suitable for both adults and families
  • 100m to Koutouloufari village centre
  • Relaxing and friendly complex

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 171 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Artemis Apartments

14 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Peaceful location
  • Ideal for families and couples
  • 1km away from the resort centre

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Based on 172 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Sarpidon Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 500m from resort centre
  • Sun terrace with mountain views
  • Swimming pool and poolside snack bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 205 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 5 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Alexandros Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Friendly, family-run hotel
  • Traditional fishing harbour to explore
  • 200m away from restaurants and bars

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 462 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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While holidays to Heraklion feature the vibrant, buzzing city, its position close to the sea gives you plenty of opportunities for some lazy days on the beach. If you prefer city life, it really comes into its own after the sun goes down, when many of its ancient monuments are lit by night and the clubs and pubs fill the backstreets with the sounds of music and laughter. There’s a huge variety of restaurants to enjoy, from contemporary eateries, to traditional tavernas, serving genuine Cretan cuisine.

The area surrounding the city is a goldmine for beach lovers. Hop on a bus or hire a car and you could find yourself catching some rays on beautiful beaches such as those found at Malia, Hersonissos, and Amoudara. With beach bars and restaurants on hand, you can easily spend a day at the seaside. However, if you think there’s more fun to be had on or under the water, you’ll find plenty of water sports on offer and some superb scuba-diving opportunities, particularly at Gouves and Agia Pelagia.

Good wine is an integral part of Cretan life and Heraklion holidays! Be sure to take some time to visit some of the vineyards that surround the city. The Lyrarakis Winery allows you to see how the glorious grapes are grown, before being turned into the island’s favourite tipple. Once you’ve seen how everything works, there’s the chance to please your palate with a little wine-tasting, and the opportunity to buy directly from the vineyard. The Nostos Winery offers a guided tour from the vineyard’s sommelier. Surrounded by orange and lemon groves, your guide will talk you through tasting notes as you sample wines that are 100% organic. 

HERAKLION IS BEST FOR...

Sightseers: It’s one of most exciting Greek cities for sightseeing, with rare gems like the Palace of Knossos and Venetian fortifications. 

Couples: Spend days soaking up the culture of the cobbled old town, and nights experience the city’s upbeat nightlife. 

Night owls: There are nightlife venues to suit all tastes, from tiny Greek restaurants to swanky dance clubs.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is Greek. However, most of the locals have a basic command of English. Download an app or pack a phrasebook and get to know the locals by trying out a few simple phrases for your holiday to Heraklion.

Currency: You’ll need to change your pennies and pounds into Euros, before jetting off on your Heraklion holidays.

Local time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Heraklion International Airport (HER).

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Heraklion tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/heraklion.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visitwww.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Heraklion.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: 11°C - 29°C

Between June and August, the crowds increase, in keeping with the temperatures. During these months, you can expect the mercury to be hovering in the mid-twenties, occasionally peaking in the low thirties. If you’d prefer your holiday to be a little cooler and a little less crowded, aim to book in either the spring or the autumn. Temperatures during these seasons typically average around the mid-teens, with the occasional hop up into the low twenties. As you head towards winter, there’s an increased chance of rain, but the climate is still reasonably warm.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Buses on your holiday to Heraklion are a cost-effective way of seeing the city’s sights. They depart every 15 minutes and you’ll also find services running to and from the airport.

By taxi: Taxis are easy to come by, in the city. You can book online, by phone or hail them down in the street. For a taxi rank, head to the harbour, which is where they tend to gather. It’s worth having an idea of what your journey should cost in advance, to prevent being overcharged. Taxis usually operate on a fixed rate, so it’s a good idea to check the price before you jump in. 

On foot: The best way to immerse yourself in Heraklion’s historic heart is to set your own pace and use up some shoe leather.


EVENTS

Summer arts festival: If you’re looking to soak up some of the island’s culture, look no further than the Heraklion Summer Arts Festival! A three-month festival, it starts in June and finishes in September. With many free events, you can soak up everything from ballet and theatre, to live music and open-air movies. In addition, there are plenty of kid-friendly events!

Carnival: Carnival is big in the city. It takes places on the final weekend before Lent (usually around March time) and is the culmination of three weeks of fasting and abstinence. Expect dancing, live music, sizzling street-food, colourful costumes, flamboyant floats and fantastic fireworks! 


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