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The secret charm of Heraklion Crete

Crete ● Heraklion ● 05 October 2017

Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a very interesting town, which offers its visitor many things to do and see. The vivid nightlife, the beautiful Old Fortress, the Archaeological Museum with findings of the Minoan Times and the archaeological sites of Knossos and Faistos nearby make Heraklion a town in Crete you should definitely visit, while the stunning beaches in the wider region of Heraklion make it a great summer destination.

Heraklion has a secret charm that makes it an off-the-beaten-path place in Crete for those, who search something different. Its hidden gems will make you love it and come again and again with the amazing deals for hotels in Heraklion. In addition to the archaeological sites of Knossos and Faistos, which are situated in a close distance to Heraklion town (Crete), as well as the famous beach resorts, such as Matala Heraklion Crete and Malia Heraklion Crete, you can also find off-the-beaten-track places to discover around the city of Heraklion that will impress you with their authenticity.


An excursion you should not miss near Heraklion town (Crete) is Kartero Gorge or Fourni Forest right beside the archaeological site of an ancient Minoan cemetery. A lovely stone amphitheatre is located there, in a setting with verdant nature, tall trees and wild bushes. Further along at Archanes, there is a wonderful route, which leads to a spring where according to the myth, sprites once quenched their thirst. Archanes is a beautiful village, only 20 minutes walk from the forest, where you can admire the impressive Byzantine icons in the main church.

The prefecture of Heraklion has many nice villages that you can visit in order to explore the nature around the city and the Cretan traditions. A very good choice is the village of Zaros, which has an impressive lake. Above the lake, there is a beautiful walking trail as well as benches and tables where you can have a picnic.

Don't miss out the routes in southern Heraklion with its seductive character. The beaches of Agiofarango and Kommos, overlooking the Libyan Sea, have a breathtaking exotic landscape. The route to Ai-Yiannis in the Asterousia Mountains is extraordinary, and you can make a stop to the lovely mountainous village of Kapetaniana where you can eat high-quality meat food and discuss with the hospitable local people. From Ai-Yannis, you can follow the path to Koudouma Monastery, which is a gorgeous and easy trail inside the lush greenery.

In Heraklion town (Crete), take a stroll in the famous open-air market, where dozens of peddlers offer their merchandise. It is a fabulous opportunity to explore local tastes in a walking, tasting tour.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Georgia Hotel
8.9 10
Georgia Hotel
10, Vagias Str., Amoudara, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

Hotel Georgia is a family run hotel located in the area of Amoudara, just 100 m from the long sandy beach. The distance from the center of the lively and bustling capital of Crete, Heraklion is 3.2 km. The international airport of Nikos Kazantzakis is at 10 km and the main port in Heraklion is 7 km away from the property.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Park Hotel
Park Hotel
19, Evrou Str., 71303 Heraklion, Greece

Park Hotel is located in Heraklion, close to Ammoudara Beach and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Heraklion Port is 4.8 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 7.7 km away.

Appartment in Heraklion, Greece Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel
Matala, 70200 Heraklion, Greece

Matala Dimitris Villa and Hotel is located in Matala, Crete, just a 10-minute walk from the popular beach. The Ancient city of Faistos is just a 15-minute drive away. Heraklion International Airport is 70.6 km away.