Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Heraklion

What to Know Before Visiting Heraklion

Heraklion port with boats, a promenade, and city buildings under a blue sky. best hotels, villas, and apartments

Heraklion (Iraklion or Herakleion) is the largest city in Crete, as well as the capital of the region and economic centre of Crete island. The first European civilisation, known as the Minoan civilisation, flourished here over 5000 years ago.

Currently, Heraklion has a population of approximately 177,064 people. Heraklion is a very cosmopolitan and dynamic town, particularly during the summer when thousands of visitors come to shop in the market or visit the museums and other places of interest. The city is also a commercial and scientific centre for the island. In recent years, it has made remarkable progress in academic research and technological innovation.

History of Heraklion

Heraklion’s roots trace back to the 820s when Arab traders from al-Andalus founded the city, originally known as Rabḍ al-ḫandaq. Over the centuries, it underwent several transformations, becoming known as Chandax and later Candia during the Venetian era. The name Heraklion was revived in the 19th century, inspired by the ancient sunken city of Heracleion near the Nile’s Canopic Mouth​​.

Strategically located near the Minoan palace of Knossos, Heraklion has been a focal point since the early Minoan period. It became a significant Byzantine fortress after its reconquest in 960 AD. The city’s fortifications were later enhanced by the Venetians, who bought the city in 1204 following the Fourth Crusade, leading to a flourishing period known as the Cretan Renaissance​​.

The Ottoman siege from 1648 to 1669 marked one of the longest in history, and the city’s surrender led to a prolonged Ottoman rule, during which the port’s decline shifted the trade to Chania. The modern era saw Heraklion becoming part of the autonomous Cretan State under Ottoman suzerainty in 1898 and then joining the Kingdom of Greece in 1913. Today, Heraklion is the capital of Crete, rich in history and culture

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In the heart of Heraklion city, a diverse array of accommodations awaits to cater to every traveler’s needs. From the luxury seeker to the budget-conscious, Heraklion’s hotels range from high-end boutique stays with panoramic sea views to cosy, family-run guesthouses steeped in Cretan hospitality. Experience the convenience of city-center hotels that put you steps away from vibrant markets and historical sites or opt for a waterfront resort where the Mediterranean greets you each morning.

On our site, you can find the best 604 hotels and villas for perfect holidays in Heraklion. Check the list below to discover your ideal stay in Heraklion.

Best Hotels in Heraklion

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Legacy Gastro Suites
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Best Villas in Heraklion

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Best Apartments in Heraklion

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Best Holiday homes in Heraklion

Fani's Holiday Home with Hot Tub

  • 7.3 / 10
  • 78 Leoforos Knosou

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, Fani’s Holiday Home with Hot Tub is located in Heraklio Town. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

The holiday home with a terrace and garden views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

At the holiday home guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Guests can also relax in the garden.

Popular points of interest near Fani’s Holiday Home with Hot Tub include Venetian Walls, Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.

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€160

/night

  • 850 m

Modern Villa in Heraklion city center Crete

  • 9.5 / 10
  • 3 KRINIS

Modern Villa in Heraklion city center Crete features a balcony and is situated in Bendevís, within just 1 km of Venetian Walls and 1.5 km of Heraklion Archaeological Museum. It has a garden, city views and free WiFithroughout the property.

This 2-bedroom holiday home will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a living room. Towels and bed linen are offered in the holiday home.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Municipal Art Gallery and Morosini Fountain. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 4 km from Modern Villa in Heraklion city center Crete.

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€96.66

/night

  • 1.0 km

Maisonette near Heraklion Center Candia Maisonette

  • 10 / 10
  • 34 Ιλαρίωνα Κατσούλη

Maisonette near Heraklion Center Candia Maisonette is set in Heraklio Town, less than 1 km from Venetian Walls, a 15-minute walk from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and 5 km from The Palace of Knossos. The accommodation is 2.9 km from the Amoudara Beach and features free WiFithroughout the property.

The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with an a bath or shower and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Municipal Art Gallery and Morosini Fountain. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 4 km from Maisonette near Heraklion Center Candia Maisonette.

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€90

/night

  • 1.1 km

Modern & Comfortable, Single Floor Apartment*****

  • / 10
  • 26 Απολλώνιου Ροδιού

Located in Bendevís, 2.9 km from Amoudara Beach and less than 1 km from Venetian Walls, Modern & Comfortable, Single Floor Apartment***** offers a garden and air conditioning. The property features garden views and is 1.3 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum and 5.1 km from The Palace of Knossos.

With free WiFi, this 1-bedroom holiday home provides a cable flat-screen TV, a washing machine and a kitchen with an oven and microwave. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Morosini Fountain and Municipal Art Gallery. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 4 km from Modern & Comfortable, Single Floor Apartment*****.

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€66.5

/night

  • 1.2 km

Sofia's Place

  • 9.3 / 10
  • Irakli Michelinaki

Offering pool views, Sofia’s Place is an accommodation set in Heraklio Town, 3.8 km from Venetian Walls and 4.7 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This holiday home features a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

A car rental service is available at the holiday home.

The Palace of Knossos is 5.2 km from Sofia’s Place, while Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 19 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 6 km from the accommodation.

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€145

/night

  • 1.8 km

Grekodes 7

  • 8.7 / 10
  • Marogiorgi

In the centre of Heraklio Town, located within a short distance of Venetian Walls and Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Grekodes 7 offers free WiFi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a fridge and coffee machine. With quiet street views, this accommodation provides a balcony.

The holiday home with a terrace and city views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a toaster, and 2 bathrooms with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

A car rental service is available at the holiday home.

Popular points of interest near Grekodes 7 include Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion, Morosini Fountain and Municipal Art Gallery. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.

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€130

/night

  • 2.0 km

Experiences near Heraklion

In Heraklion, adventure and culture converge. Step back in time at the Palace of Knossos, or meander through vibrant markets for a taste of local life. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Cretan winemaking with a vineyard tour, hike through the stunning gorges, and as dusk settles, join the locals in a spirited taverna to revel in Crete’s nightlife. Heraklion is a playground of experiences, each promising to leave an indelible mark on your journey.

FAQ

Is Heraklion worth visiting?

Absolutely! Heraklion is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Crete, Greece. The city is filled with historical sites, gorgeous architecture, fantastic restaurants and nightlife, and excellent beaches. Plus, it’s a great place to explore the culture and meet locals. It’s definitely worth a visit!

Does Heraklion have a beach?

Heraklion has stunning beaches that draw visitors from around the world. The best ones include:

  • Ammoudara Beach: Located close to the airport, it’s a great option for those who are short on time.
  • Psaromoura Beach: This is an ideal spot for windsurfing and other water sports activities.
  • Ligaria beach: With crystal clear waters and white sand, this beach is perfect for swimming or just relaxing in the sun.

Is Heraklion a party town?

While Heraklion is known for its historical and cultural attractions, it also has a vibrant nightlife scene. The city is home to many lively bars, clubs and cafes where you can enjoy great music and food.

What is the history of Heraklion?

The first European civilisation, known as the Minoan civilisation, flourished here over 5000 years ago.

What is the population of Heraklion?

Currently, Heraklion has a population of approximately 177,064 people.

What is the significance of the Palace of Knossos?

The Palace of Knossos is the most famous archaeological site on the island and was at the centre of an advanced society which inhabited Crete thousands of years ago.

What can be seen at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion?

The museum houses significant pieces from the Neolithic until the Roman times, including the Minoan civilization’s most important artefacts.

What is the Old Town of Heraklion like?

The Old Town is a pedestrian-only area with upscale shops and eateries, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook leafy squares complete with fountains and bubbling cafés.

What is the Cathedral of St. Minas?

The Cathedral of St. Minas is a beautiful church located in the Old Town of Heraklion, known for its extensive religious iconography.

What can be found at the Central Market?

The Central Market is a pedestrian-only street that vendors use to display their mountains of clothes, jewellery, and other items spread out onto tables.

What is the Koules Fortress?

The Koules Fortress is a fortress that dates back to the early 16th century and occupies a prominent position on the waterfront of Heraklion.

What is the Natural History Museum of Crete?

The Natural History Museum of Crete is a modern museum located right on the waterfront, highlighting what makes Crete great.

What are the Venetian Walls?

The Venetian Walls are a series of defensive walls and other fortifications that were first built during the Middle Ages and rebuilt by the Republic of Venice.

What is the Morosini Fountain?

The Morosini Fountain is situated in the middle of Heraklion’s Old Town and it provides a great starting point if you want to explore the narrow streets nearby.

What is the Loggia?

The Loggia is Heraklion’s town hall, with its preserved Venetian architecture, considered one of Crete’s best buildings and is free to enter.

What is the average temperature in Heraklion city?

The average temperature in Heraklion city ranges from 15°C (59°F) in winter to 29°C (84°F) in summer.

Where is Heraklion city located?

Heraklion city is located on the north coast of the island of Crete, Greece.

What is the nearest airport to Heraklion city?

The nearest airport to Heraklion city is Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” (HER), which is located about 5 km (3 miles) east of the city center.

What are some popular attractions in Heraklion city?

Some popular attractions in Heraklion city include the Palace of Knossos, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Venetian Walls and Fortress, the Koules Fortress, and the Natural History Museum of Crete.

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