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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.

    • Studio
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 5
    Apartment #1574043
    3
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (20 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
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      Multiple rentals Apartment #2194602
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      Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5/5
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        • 4 BR
        • 3 BA
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        Villa #1041859
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        Viewed 87 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          • 3 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 8
          Villa #1761337
          5
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            Exceptional! 5/5
            (30 reviews)
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 5
            Apartment #6311580
            30
            Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5/5
              (11 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 7
              Villa #1327118
              11
              Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                • 3 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 6
                Villa #777157
                4
                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5/5
                  (5 reviews)
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                  • 5 BR
                  • 4 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 11
                  Villa #1570465
                  5
                  Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    House #1483570a
                    3
                    Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                      • 6 BR
                      • 6 BA
                      • Sleeps 14
                      Villa #6786662
                      3
                      Viewed 92 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                        (23 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Chateau / Country House #2184233
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                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.4/5
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                          • 4 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 8
                          Villa #520059
                          5
                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (71 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            House #6128202
                            71
                            Viewed 48 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (5 reviews)
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                              • Studio
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 3
                              Apartment #2398374
                              5
                              Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                (6 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                House #87857
                                6
                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Villa #6832786
                                  1
                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (8 reviews)
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                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Villa #2009012
                                    8
                                    Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #3759797
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                                      Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 3
                                        Apartment #6497812
                                        2
                                        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 3
                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #2194602
                                          1
                                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                            (11 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            House #2368275
                                            11
                                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (16 reviews)
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 3 BA
                                              • Sleeps 10
                                              Villa #3475028
                                              16
                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Villa #1870466
                                                5
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Apartment #4037982
                                                  2
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Villa #6824282
                                                    1
                                                    Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (48 reviews)
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 9
                                                      Villa #6299671
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                                                      Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (27 reviews)
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                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 9
                                                        Villa #1132075a
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                                                        Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                          (7 reviews)
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                          Apartment #1920949
                                                          7
                                                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                            (10 reviews)
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                            Villa #6261497
                                                            10
                                                            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (11 reviews)
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 3 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 7
                                                              Villa #1276286
                                                              11
                                                              Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 6 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                #8038329
                                                                4
                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Cottage #4175561
                                                                  26
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (6 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Villa #3895951
                                                                    6
                                                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      House #2466930
                                                                      3
                                                                      Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Very Good! 4/5
                                                                        (7 reviews)
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                                                                        • Studio
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Studio #3845358
                                                                        7
                                                                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Chateau / Country House #538414
                                                                          9
                                                                          Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                            (27 reviews)
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            House #6102830
                                                                            27
                                                                            Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 7
                                                                              Villa #1313137
                                                                              3
                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                Villa #8164463
                                                                                5
                                                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                  House #3791838
                                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Villa #647664
                                                                                    Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      Villa #6544348
                                                                                      6
                                                                                      Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (16 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Villa #8120104
                                                                                        16
                                                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                          (5 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                                                          Villa #1403502a
                                                                                          5
                                                                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            Apartment #6859850
                                                                                            1
                                                                                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                                              Villa #3948463
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                House #4038071
                                                                                                3
                                                                                                Viewed 53 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 5 BR
                                                                                                  • 5 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilets
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 11
                                                                                                  Villa #6974065
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                    Villa #8142933
                                                                                                    2
                                                                                                    Viewed 68 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Resort #2553988
                                                                                                      1
                                                                                                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Good location, can you fit in with the locals?

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      This well-located property is in a street just inside the Venetian city walls. Everywhere within Heraklion city centre is within an easy and enjoyable walk. This is where you should be if you want to experience living in a city several thousand years old. Be aware that many of the streets are not suitable for modern vehicles and large parts of the city centre are (thankfully) pedestrianised. The alleys off this "street" can only be accessed on foot which makes this a cut-through (just) for cars and (more sensibly) for motorbikes. Within the flat none of this will bother you but if you have a hire car you will be disadvantaged. There is no public parking except the streets and brown field sites where you will pay. There is one at the beginning of the street. Pay your fees each day (£5), explain when you want your car and they will advise on where to park. After we damaged our hire car (a 4WD truck, yes really!) trying to get up the street to the flat, we parked it and wheeled our baggage up the street. Don't take heavy bags, you will need to lift them up a staircase to the first floor flat. This is not an affluent area, many of the properties are derelict and grafitti is everywhere. We experienced no personal security issues in these alleyways. The two rooms of the flat have stone walls which insulate against noise and heat. Air conditioning in the main room is invaluable. The fourth wall is largely single glazed windows and shutters for privacy and protection against the sun. Noise streams in and out of these (Heraklion centre is under the flight path). This and surrounding properties occupy segments of the open space between them. In the southern mediterranean, people (and their dogs) spend mornings/evenings outside or inside with their doors and windows open. If you are not ready for this, go and lock yourself away in a hotel bedroom somewhere. At night the higher you can get, the more chance of a breeze. Above the kitchen/bathroom there is a table and chairs, great when the sun goes down but if there is a tremor, you'll wonder whether being so high was sensible! Everything works (immersion heater for hot water, wireless internet router, oven etc) so long as someone in the flat below remembers to turn on the pump for your water supply! We enjoyed some great meals from the kitchen (suggestion for improvement: a chopping board). This is a place for travellers interested in experiencing, for a time, life as the locals live it. Enjoy!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Beautiful Villa, excellent hosts

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed in Romantic Evas Cottage for 2 weeks on our family holiday. The house itself was beautiful and clean. There is a fantastic pool outside and the garden is lovely. All of the rooms have air conditioning which was great. Eva and Yiannis were the perfect hosts - they met us at the airport and helped us home with our luggage. The fridge was fully stocked when we arrived, and Eva prepared us a meal. They prepared us a further 2 meals throughout the holiday which was a treat. Eva also bakes an exellent cake! (i would love the recipe!). On our day of departure, we had to be out at 12, but our flight wasnt until the evening, so they provided an alternative place for us to store our luggage and pass some time. Yiannis then helped us back to the airport with our luggage. Over all this was a wonderful holiday! Thank you very much :-D
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017