Where to stay around Heraklion?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 497 holiday lettings near Heraklion. From 185 villas to 181 apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Heraklion is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Heraklion?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Heraklion. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Hania Gate: 648 holiday lettings
  • Natural History Museum of Crete: 652 holiday lettings
  • Historical Museum of Crete: 653 holiday lettings
  • Heraklion Port: 667 holiday lettings
  • Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance: 661 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Heraklion listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent villas in Heraklion?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 185 villas in Heraklion. Our other popular types of Heraklion holiday rentals include:

  • Apartments: 181 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 98 self catering accommodations
  • Chateaus: 6 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Heraklion?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 230 holiday homes with pool available in Heraklion. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

    The many faces of Heraklion

    There are many sides to Heraklion. There's the modern side, awash with clean condos and Heraklion holiday rentals for the whole family. There's the old side, a kernel of winding lanes that emerge onto bustling plazas, the towers of Orthodox churches above, souvenir touts in every alcove. There's the ocean side, with hulking ferries forever arriving from all across the Aegean – the town's the main gateway to Crete. And there's the inland side, where the city leaves off and the ruins of ancient Knossos Palace take over. Which will you explore?

    Discovering the coast from Heraklion

    After you've tasted the gritty Greek coffees and munched on dakos in the traditional tavernas of Eleftherias Square, you should be sure to head out of Heraklion and hit the beaches. The capital is the prime gateway to the sands and shores of the eastern island. The most famous of the lot is probably Malia, but only because it adds in hedonistic bars and clubs to boot. For more pristine and empty coves, you could try the hard-to-get-to bays of Palaiokastro, or keep on going towards secluded Tripitos and the blue waters of Vai.

    Heraklion joins with Knossos

    No trip to the capital of Crete could possibly be complete without at least a glimpse of the erstwhile capital of the mighty Minoan Empire. That can be found partially restored, partially left to lie, up in the dusty hills just to the south – don't miss the blood-red columns and ancient throne rooms. Back in town, an excellent museum – the Heraklion Archaeological Museum – helps to unravel the Bronze Age past of that palace complex, along with the other 3 millennia of civilisations that have called this corner of Crete their home.

    Heraklion heats up nice and early

    Crete has perhaps the most enviable location in all of Greece. It sits to the south between the Libyan Sea and the Aegean, and gets hot early in the year and cools nice and late. That means the spring, in months like April and May, can throw up beach-worthy weather, while autumn – September, October – stays warm and balmy. They are both great choices for booking Heraklion holiday rentals to avoid the crowds. Summer is peak, with Malia booming and the mercury reading, occasionally, in the 40s…

    Heraklion – a fold of east Crete

    Heraklion meets the Mediterranean Sea on the eastern side of the island of Crete. It sits in a fold between the mountains, which can be seen rising and rising to the clouds behind the city. They won't level out again until they hit the soaring summit of Mount Ida at 2,456 metres – a snow gatherer. Head along the shore and the coast remains relatively low going eastwards, peaking and dipping with the occasional headland and pebble beach. Westward, it goes to high cliffs – where olive groves cling tenuously to the mud – that drop dramatically to hidden coves and inlets.