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Highlights in Heraklion
- Vibrant, historical city
- Lovely beaches
- Heritage buildings
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Holiday rentals and lettings in Heraklion
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and a beautiful port city with a fairy-tale vibe. Within the town, you can find a plethora of holiday rentals with balcony views overlooking the ancient churches and squares, while outside of the urban area you can choose from a wide range of houses set in the divine Crete countryside, whilst remaining within easy reach of all the town has to offer.Lettings in one of the world’s most appealing islands
Heraklion boasts modern one and two bedroom properties with unforgettable balcony views over the town’s most iconic sights. Look for the options to the west of the town that flank Ammoudara beach and offer views to die for over the Aegean Sea. To the south of the town, spectacular houses abound that embody luxury countryside living. They cater to groups of all sizes and come with sumptuous swimming pools, patios with mountain views, open and spacious living areas, and BBQs. A little further, but still just 15 minutes south of the town centre and you can find some lovely holiday rentals around Archanas, a blaze of colour and creativity.
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The area and getting around
Heraklion is located on the north of Crete and is the hub from where all people arrive and leave the island. There are two ways to get to Heraklion. The conventional (by plane to its international airport), and the unconventional (by ferry from Athens). We highly recommend the latter! An overnight journey, you save on the cost of a hotel, and there is no more spectacular way to arrive at ancient Heraklion than by sea!Strike out and be different!
Many travellers arrive to Heraklion and continue on to more resort-like parts of the island without giving themselves enough time to see the local sites. Don’t make this mistake! The town is full of history and attractions. It boasts a fantastic waterfront and old town with well-priced restaurants, highly-rated museums, and whimsical squares where you can spend the afternoon watching the bustling Cretian world go by.
Travellers and activities
Heraklion is a delight for lovers of architecture and tradition. Don’t miss Loggia Town Hall (Crete's best-preserved Venetian building and free to enter), Cathedral of St. Minas (the largest church in Crete, renowned for its extensive religious iconography), Morosini Fountain (dating back to 1628, the centre of action in the old city), and Agios Titos Church (with a history stretching back a full ten centuries). Asides from these landmarks, the town of Heraklion has an architectural delight to be discovered on every street corner!Heraklion for beach buffs
Heraklion’s No.1 beach is called Ammoudara, conveniently located just 15 minutes from the centre of town. Come for the golden sand and clean, clear waters, soft sand that slopes gently into the sea (ideal for kids), a plenitude of free sun loungers, and excellent cafes and bars right on the beach. Or why not take in the hippy vibe at Matala? A beach and restaurant destination, Matala is a wildly popular destination for day trippers from Heraklion. The sea is crystal clear and deep, the tabernas rustic and well-priced, and the locals especially friendly.
Looking for a souvenir to mark your trip to Heraklion? Then seek out a piece of jewellery with an image of a bee, the symbol of the city!
Top 5 travel tips in Heraklion
Heraklion grew up around the sea, and still today, the old town is orientated around the harbour. The old fortress walls, which were once supposed to protect the Cretan capital from attacks, still house impressive buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.2. Spend an afternoon at the aquarium
A great day awaits both kids and adults at Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, with 32 huge glass tanks containing from the most delicate of seahorses to aggressive hunter sharks. The background music is calming and soothing, and the environment very natural, with the tanks placed on a backdrop of rocks, sand, and seaweed.3. Discover Koules Fortress
An impressive Venetian fortress dating from the 1500s. Magnificent wooden doors open into rooms replete with period pieces. The walls are 8 metres thick, making it a great place to visit in the heat of the day!4. Learn about the fascinating natural history of Crete
The Natural History Museum of Crete is highly rated by its visitors. Visitors love the earthquake simulation, dinosaur displays, and the children's interactive area where children can experiment with light, mirrors and optical illusions. The entrance fee is also great value for money!5. Start the morning with the city’s beloved bougatsa.
. Bougatsa is a delicious creamy delight made from filo pastry and topped with a dusting of cinnamon. Make sure to try the mithzira cheese version with honey. It might be your first, but it definitely won’t be your last!
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in Heraklion
Our data shows that Heraklion has an average price of £102.04 per night, which is a relatively high one under the cities in Greece.
Those who want to be budget-friendly should visit Heraklion in March, February, and November the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of £78.02, £81.55, and £81.93 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
It can be concluded, analysing the data for the year 2020, that the cost per night for accommodation is usually higher, on average, during the months of August (£131.81), July (£120.67), and June (£120.11).
To get to know Heraklion, you don't need to be very organised in advanced. It has a high annual average availability of 57%, which leaves room for spontaneity.
The best months to find available accommodation in Heraklion are June (the average amount of properties that are free reached 66.5% of the total in 2020), May (66.2%), and October (60.6%).
The month with the highest average booked rental figures is August (only 45.6% of properties were available on average in 2019). Followed by February (52.2%), and March (53.25%).
In Heraklion we collaborate with 21 different providers to give you a choice of 460 properties, so you will not be short of options!