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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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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  Apartment #6252079
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                          Villa #1313137
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                            Multiple rentals Villa #2462391
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                                  • 5 BA
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                                  Multiple rentals Villa #6034962
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                                    Apartment #1963966
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                                      • 5 BA
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                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                        • 1 BA
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 3 BA
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                                          Villa #6488264
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
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                                            Multiple rentals Villa #446280
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                                                    Villa #1761337
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                        Villa #647664
                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                          Multiple rentals Villa #461580
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                                                            • 1 BR
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                                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #2194602
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              Apartment #3699074
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                          House #6128202
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                                                                            Studio #3845358
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                                                                              Apartment #1929293
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                                                                                  Apartment #6728792
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                                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                    Studio #3804696
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                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                      Villa #3995800
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                                                                                        Villa #6544348
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                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                          Cottage #4175561
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                                                                                              Villa #3895951
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                                                                                                Excellent! 4.3/5
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                                                                                                Multiple rentals Villa #461580
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                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                                  Villa #871629a
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Luxeriöse Villa mit einmaliger Betreuung

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Hallo. Wir haben in der Villa zwei Wochen mit 3 Pärchen verbracht. Die Villa liegt auf einem Hügel über Heraklion inmitten eines Olivenbaumheines. Die Räume sind dehr modern und durchdacht designt. Das Poolhaus war im Prinzip unser Wohnzimmer. Wir haben jede freie Minute wo wir Zuhause waren draußen am Pool verbracht. Sehr gute Strände sind in 15 Minuten per Auto erreichbar. Aber der größte Mehrwert des Hauses ist der Superhost Petros, der sich um alles kümmert und kein Wunsch offen hält. Ob es Strandempfehlungen sind, Autoanmietung, Restaurantreservierung, Shoppingmöglichkeiten...Petros kümmert sich um alles, ist wirklich ein Engel und man fählt sich immer umsorgt und gut aufgehoben. Ein unvergesslicher Urlaub mit Wiederholungswert.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful villa, fantastic hosts.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We were met at the airport by Yiannis and Eva. They organised the taxi for us and we followed them to the villa. Yiannis showed us round the property and poured us a drink and then Eva brought round a home cooked (and very welcome after a long journey) meal. The groceries provided were very welcome too as it gave us time to sus out the local shops. During our stay there were a couple of emails to make sure we knew all we needed to about the area and to inform us of when the cleaning day/time was. When Yiannis came round on cleaning day he noticed that we had finished the wonderful cake and organised another to be baked and brought round by Eva's mother. Fresh towels were provided. I loved swimming in the pool every day even though some would consider it a little on the cold side at the end of October. We chose not to hire a car although on reflection I think I probably would in the same situation again. We wanted a chilled out week of doing not very much so we didnt really go anywhere. We did go on the little train ride which was An interesting morning. I'm not sure i would be too keen on it in the middle of summer! At the end of the trip Yiannis organised the taxi back to the airport for us and came round for a last drink. Thank you for the gifts, they were a lovely surprise.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                    Maria and her villa are AMAZING

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    I can't thank Maria enough for her warmth and hospitality. She is genuinely one of the sweetest people I have ever met and she and her lovely daughter made our stay a pleasure. The villa, incredibly, looks even better in real life, too! Don't hesitate to book, you will not regret it. Formed some absolutely incredible memories in Crete and for that I am so grateful. This place is worth more than just 5*'s.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016