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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

                                                                                                  Excellent Property and Host with great location.

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  A great place for a family stay (3 young kids). Fantastic location, view, pool and house. We were made to feel very welcome by Gabby and Manolis. The fully stocked fridge and homemade Mousaka in the oven allowed us to relax from the moment we arrived. The villa had everything we would want and Gabby provided extra little touches throughout to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Recommendations on where to go and what to see were greatly received too. The ability to walk to two lovely villages with the kids meant we were spoiled for choice if we wanted to eat and drink out. We have already given our strongest recommendation to friends and family!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  The property was very impressive and well looked after. The views were astonishing and peaceful

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  I have been to many villas but nothing quite like this. It was kept clean every day like a 5 star hotel and the owner was charming and very friendly. It was so peaceful and the pool was enormous. We had everything we needed and did not have to ask for anything. I would definetly go back again because it was'nt just the villa, the whole island was beautiful. Caroline Richards
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Great place for a family.

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                                                                                                  We had a fabulous week in this villa. The house is very well-equipped with everything we needed, and lots of little extras like basics in the fridge when we arrived, fuel for the barbecue, etc. There are three bedrooms, so the place is big enough for six, although tone of the rooms is a mezanine and so open to noise in the living-room, if others get up early; it didn't bother us as everyone headed outside as soon as they got up. There is a nice patio with sun loungers and good shade, and a great pool which the kids practically lived in. The location is convenient, in a quiet little road but only ten minutes walk from the nearest beach which is in Stalida with lots of bars and shops etc. The beach is great for kids, but there are nice quieter ones within a few minutes drive the other side of Malia. In fact, although we had a car, we could have managed without, the buses are nearby and go pretty much everywhere. Stelios was very welcoming and helpful, met us at the airport and guided us to the villa, gave us lots of information and even a box of cookies to sustain us on the homeward journey!. Great place, thanks Stelios.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2016