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Have the holiday of a lifetime in an Iraklio holiday rental.

Known for its beaches, beautiful nature, and authentic Greek tradition, Iraklio is a popular holiday destination for travellers from all over the world. The coastline is covered with one amazing beach after another, and there are a multitude of intriguing archaeological and historical sites, churches, castles, and fortresses to explore. For the traveller looking for the perfect balance between relaxing on the beach and exploring local culture, a holiday apartment in Iraklio is the way to go.

When travelling in a larger group, a villa in Iraklio is a good option. HomeAway has holiday homes to accommodate groups of any size, from a small family to a multiple family entourage. Homes with internet, grills, and even pools are available at great rates. An apartment in Iraklio is also an option for families or couples. Whether it be a small one-room holiday apartment with a balcony and terrific view, or a multi-bedroom, pet- and kid-friendly place, HomeAway has plenty of comfortable and affordable options. What's more, HomeAway caters to those who like to explore the various islands, providing comfortable accommodations on Mykonos as well as holiday rentals on Corfu.

Things to do

Iraklio Archaeological Museum:

This fascinating museum is one of Greece's largest and most important. Over 5,500 years' worth of priceless artefacts are on display and the extensive Minoan collection is highly impressive. No trip to Crete is complete without a stop at this museum.

Historical Museum of Crete:

For history buffs, a visit to the Historical Museum of Crete is a must. Visitors can explore 1,700 years of Cretan history. Artefacts from the Byzantine era, Venetian and Turkish periods, and as recent as WWII are on display. The museum is well equipped for English speakers.

Koules Venetian Fortress:

This fortress, also called Rocca al Mare, is Iraklio’s main landmark. It was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to keep the Turks off the island and was later turned into a Turkish prison for Cretan rebels. The rooms of the fortress have been restored and house exhibits and performances.

Church of Agios Titos:

This Byzantine church dates back to AD 961. It was turned into a Catholic church by the Venetians and then into a mosque when the Turks gained power. In 1856 it was completely renovated after devastating damage due to an earthquake. This church is home to the skull relic of St Titus.

City Walls:

Between 1462 and 1562 the Venetians built seven bastions and four gates to create the city walls. These massive fortifications are still very conspicuous, dwarfing the concrete 20th-century structures around them. The walls carry visitors around the heart of the city.

Natural History Museum:

This modern museum guides visitors through the interesting flora and fauna of Crete and the Mediterranean. Perhaps most intriguing is the life-sized replica of a Deinotherium gigantum, a prehistoric elephant-like mammal. It was constructed based on fossils that were found on Crete and stands over 16 feet tall and 23 feet long.

Weather in Iraklio

Because Iraklio lies in the lowlands, it enjoys a more mild temperature than other parts of Crete. Summers are hot and dry with temperatures averaging around 26°C in July. Sunshine is frequent and consistent, which results in a pleasant sea temperature all summer. Winters are generally mild and rainy.

Travel to Iraklio

There is an international airport in Iraklio, the Heraklion International Airport (HER), with daily flights from Athens (ATH) as well as other major cities in Greece. During the high season (April until early November), many charter airlines out of most major European cities fly directly to Heraklion. The airport is only three miles from the city centre by car or taxi. There are also ferries that arrive from Athens, Thessaloniki, Santorini, and the Cyclades.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Spectacular Villa and pool, friendly and helpful staff, (car essential)

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Wow what a stunning Villa! We arrived very late eve due to a flight delay but we're still met near the Villa and shown around. First and lasting impressions are fantastic, it's a stunning property, the pool, garden and bar/barbie area outside are really well kept and lovely. Inside the two lower bedrooms are massive and luxurious with doors leading straight out to the garden and pool. The next floor up is the living area and kitchen again these are fantastic with a covered outside area to sit as well. The upper floor bedrooms are smaller but well equiped. Its a quirky design almost as though it was two mirror image sides joined together, there are several small stairs to the various levels (without handrails) and there's plenty of space and various shower rooms and it's well equipped. The view out to sea is fantastic, it is located about 2 miles from the sea on a hill which appears to be an expanding residential area (currently with lots of empty plots). Because of this transport is a must to get shopping etc so car hire would be recommended although Taxis might be an alternative if you don't wish to drive! We had 7 in our family group and everyone loved it, the pool is lovely! The cleaning team called midweek to sort the Villa and pool and we're great, nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend this to anyone wanting a quiet relaxing holiday, it is a great base to explore and also has everything you need if you wish to just chill and stay at the Villa. Enjoy!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      The villa itself was brilliant, but the location let it down.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The villa and the service from Stefani was brilliant. Very clean inside and out, all new and up to date appliances, good AC system. Unfortunately for us, we were looking for somewhere very family friendly as we have a 2 year old. For us, the local town of Koutouloufari wasn't suitable as it seemed like the nearest 'fall out' town from Malia (i.e. extremely busy with your 18-30 type crowds). Therefore we had to drive out every night to places to go somewhere more suitable with a pushchair.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017