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Heraklion - Where Mythology Meets the Beach!

Beach, Cuisine, Culture, Nature, Night life

Heraklion, the capital of Crete, awaits you with Greek culture and history, but also with its beautiful long sandy beaches such as Ammoudara Beach. The archaeological site of Knossos is not far from the island's capital and is one of the most popular sights. A must for history lovers! If you want to enjoy your entire holiday by the sea, you are spoilt for choice as to which of the beautiful holiday resorts to choose.

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Island in the Mediterranean / Greek Islands


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May to September warmest / Year-round mild climate

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GMT + 02:00 Time zone in Heraklion


Heraklion Airport/ HER, Chania Airport / CHQ


Hiking, water sports, swimming, night life

Heraklion, or Iraklio as the city is called in Greek, is a holiday region on the island of Crete where the summer months are warm and long. Culture and beach can be ideally combined here. Those who come to Heraklion and the surrounding areas will get to know real local life, since mainly Cretans live here going about their everyday life. You can spend wonderful days by the sea on the nearby beaches. When the city wakes up in the evening, the center of Heraklion shows it's entertaining and lively side. Eat and drink in the taverns and bars before heading to one of the clubs to see in the daylight.

  • Beach
  • Cuisine
  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Night life


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Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia is a small but nice resort, which is located about 16 km west of Heraklion. There is a beautiful promenade along the beach as well as numerous taverns and bars. Located in a small bay sheltered from the wind, where there are, among other things, water sports, but also loungers and parasols. A perfect place for spending an unforgettable day at the beach during your holiday in Heraklion.

Ammoudara Beach

Ammoudara Beach is famous for its miles of golden sand and clear water. In addition to holidaymakers, it also attracts local people, as you can spend wonderful, long days by the sea. In the numerous beach clubs you can relax and unwind with chilled music. If you prefer to be more active, you can play beach volleyball or enjoy some of the watersports on offer.


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The vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat are a classic starter. Often they are served with lemon wedges. The lemon juice is drizzled over the vine leaves together with olive oil and gives them a particularly delicious taste.


Saganaki cheese, served with a delicious breading, should not be missing on any starter plate. The soft interior combined with the crispy shell, which is refined with lemon juice at the table, is a classic Greek delicacy.


Stifado is a stew prepared with lamb or veal, which is refined with cinnamon and tomato paste. It is similar to goulash, but with its special flavor it has its very own taste.


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Heraklion’s museums

The history of Heraklion is exhibited in the Heraklion Museum of Archeology, which should be part of every cultural excursion. The Archaeological Museum is even considered as one of the most important museums in Greece. The Historical Museum is also worth a visit. It offers exciting insights into the development of Crete and its history.


The ancient sight of the Palace of Knossos is only 5 km away from Heraklion and is an important archaeological site that is attributed to the time of the Minoans. Here you can admire the palace of King Minos, which was destroyed several times in the past by the forces of nature and rebuilt by the ancient population.


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Samaria Gorge

For nature lovers and those who are experienced hikers, you should definitely take a trip to the Samaria Gorge. The 17 km long gorge not only offers breathtaking views, it is also one of the longest gorges in Europe. A hike in the Samaria Gorge is less suitable for beginners, as a tour takes between 4-7 hours depending on the pace. Appropriate footwear should also be considered, as well as sufficient food for the trip.

Night life

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Malia and Hersonissos

The center of boisterous parties are in Malia and Hersonissos. Every night turns into day during the summer season. Young people from all over Europe flock here en masse from May to September to celebrate the party atmosphere. If you feel like dancing all night long to hot beats, you can look forward to numerous clubs where international DJs regularly play. The range of bars and discos cannot be beaten either. In Malia and Hersonissos fun and partying come first.


The city really comes to life after sunset, when the Cretans meet in the numerous taverns to eat and drink well and enjoy life together. Heraklion has a lot to offer for night owls, as there are numerous bars and nightclubs, some of which are open air and ensure that special holiday flair in summer.

Weather in Heraklion

The weather in Heraklion and on Crete is hot and dry in summer, mild and sometimes humid in winter. The best months to travel are from May to October, although July and August can get hot.

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  • Nov 27, Sun 13 Broken Clouds
  • Nov 29, Tue 16 Light Rain
  • Nov 30, Wed 17 Light Rain
  • Dec 1, Thu 19 Clear Sky
  • Dec 2, Fri 19 Clear Sky

Direct flights to Heraklion

Heraklion direct flights bring holiday makers directly and quickly to their holiday destination. Corendon Airlines offers flights from Heraklion to various airports in Germany, Austria, Poland and Switzerland. Corendon Airlines has direct flights to Crete from numerous German airports, as well as Austria, Switzerland and Poland. You can book Heraklion direct flights quickly and easily on the Corendon Airlines website. If you are looking for flight tickets to Heraklion for the summer season at a particularly affordable price, then if possible, book your trip a few months in advance. Thus you secure additional price advantages.

Destination airport: Heraklion (HER)  
Zurich - Heraklion flight duration    2:45 hours
Euro Airport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg - Heraklion flight duration    2:50 hours
Düsseldorf - Heraklion flight duration    3:20 hours
Munster Osnabrück - Heraklion flight duration    3:20 hours
Berlin - Heraklion flight duration    3:05 hours
Hannover - Heraklion flight duration    3:15 hours
Cologne Bonn - Heraklion flight duration    3:15 hours


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Cheap airline tickets to Heraklion

Heraklion flight tickets are in great demand during the summer months. Heraklion flight deals can be found on the website of Corendon Airlines, the airline where your holiday starts when you board the plane. With the Heraklion cheap flight tickets you can fly to Crete from many European airports and enjoy the service of Corendon Airlines on board. After you've booked your Heraklion flight tickets, it's a good idea to arrange the other extras for your flight so all you have to do later is pack your bags and start your holiday. Last minute offers are available on the Corendon Airlines website. For cheap flight tickets to Heraklion Crete you can find the flight overview on the Corendon Airlines website.

Accommodation in Heraklion

A comparison of flight and hotel offers will enable you to find an affordable holiday. Accommodation offers in Heraklion and on Crete are countless. The accommodation options in Heraklion and on Crete are suitable for every type of holidaymaker and for every budget. Whether you prefer a family holiday in an all-inclusive hotel, a couple's holiday far away from the main holiday regions or a hotel in the city center, the island has it all. Crete is a holiday destination with beautiful sandy beaches. By choosing accommodation near the beach, you can enjoy the sea at any time of the day you want. The hotel and flight offers make it possible to book a holiday at a reasonable price even in the high season. The earlier you book, the greater your savings.

Airport and transport

Heraklion Airport HER is one of the busiest airports in Greece. Millions of tourists pass through Heraklion Airport every year. Depending on the take-off and landing in Heraklion, there are many transfer options to the center and the holiday regions. You can reach the airport by bus, taxi or rental car if you are traveling individually. Crete is a large island, so it is ideal to explore with a rental car. Various car rental companies are present at the airport so that you can pick up or drop off your rental car directly at the airport. However, booking in advance is recommended.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crete

How can I find the cheapest flight to Heraklion?

You can find the best flight offers from Corendon Airlines to Heraklion on our website. You can secure cheap flight offers to Crete by booking early.

When is the best time to go to Heraklion?

Heraklion on Crete is a popular summer travel destination. Winter is mild, but it can rain more often during this time.

How far is Chania airport from Heraklion?

The distance between Heraklion Airport and Chania Airport is around 2 hours by car.

Where is the best nightlife on the island?

The party center is in Hersonissos and Malia, but there are also numerous discos, bars and nightclubs in Heraklion and other holiday regions such as Rethymnon and Chania.

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