Heraklion is the capital city of the beautiful island of Crete in Greece. The capital sits on the north coast perched amongst olive groves and blue seas. The capital has much to offer, whether you want to experience the bustling streets of the capital, enjoy the beach and the stunning coast, or simply sightsee at the extensive museum and the fortresses. For those who like sport, there are many water sports available as well the opportunity to partake in hiking and cycling tours. Heraklion is great for family holidays, romantic trips and is fantastic for those who are holidaying alone, as there is so much to see.
The beach offers enough activities to keep you entertained for the entire holiday! Windsurfing is a very popular activity at the beach and there is no place more perfect to do it than Heraklion as the sea is very gentle. You can also participate in the regular boat rides or even go paragliding if you fancy an adrenaline rush.
If you want a relaxing day in the sun lying around on the sand, head down to the nearby beach of Amoundara. Here there is an amazing three mile stretch of glittering white sand which lays undisturbed. The kids will enjoy this beach as they have room to build sandcastles to their heart’s content and here they can also get involved in water sports. Amoundara has even more water sports available such as water skiing, pedalos or for some extra fun, there’s a banana boat ride!
Nearby you can visit the ancient site of Knossos to see the famous Minoan palace – the structure will leave you speechless. Go to the archaeological museum to learn facts about the history of the capital and to see some interesting artefacts.
Heraklion has many restaurants that will make you feel as if you are being spoilt with their rich desserts and main courses which are presented and cooked to a great quality for mostly great prices.
Nightlife in Heraklion is very exciting. On the main square you can enjoy live music, great drinks, snacks and classy clubs that play great music so you can dance the night away in style.
The capital of Crete is a place that you will want to return to again and again. The stunning nightlife, great beaches and wonderful sights all make a trip to Heraklion a once in a lifetime experience. Book a holiday to Greece with lastminute.com.
Greek (English widely spoken)
GMT/BST +2 hours
4 hours 25 minutes