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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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                                                                                                      Awesome house, garden and host!

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                                                                                                      we enjoyed our stay at the beautiful house of eva and ioannis. everything was perfect! clean, modern, big, beautiful pool and garden, close to town and airport. the food made of the very gentle hosts was delicious, the fridge filled with everything we needed for the first days, and the recommendations for journeys perfect! just e wonderful holiday! thank you! only one thing is to mention, the house lays in the area of the landing zone from the airport. so you might hear the planes arriving. this was no problem for us but for sensitive people it may be one.
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                                                                                                      A great villa and location for a family holiday

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                                                                                                      We went as a party of seven ranging in age from 70's to under 10. the layout of the villa worked well and everyone felt they had their own space without intruding on others. The villa was well equipped, albeit there was a problem with the TV's but as it happened with good weather that didn't become an issue. The pool was great but without heating was a challenge to get into initially but by the time we left everyone had been in and enjoyed it. The location is great but transport is essential to get to shops and any but the nearest of beaches. The views from the villa from dawn to dusk were wonderful and memorable. The managers of the villa were very attentive and helped us rent an eight seat people carrier which we collected on arrival at the airport with formalities quickly concluded and no queuing. They also recommended a number of trips some of which we went on, again the arrangements and bookings were handled smoothly and all we had to do was enjoy, which we did. Although we stayed in the second half of October we were very fortunate to enjoy very good weather with temperatures ranging from 22C to 25C and no rain. Because our visit was at the end of the season many activities were curtailed or cancelled but we got the impression that had it rained we would have managed to find enough things to do with the young children to stop them becoming bored! Our overall impression was that Crete had much to offer but we only scratched the surface. All the people we met in shops and tavernas and everywhere else we came in contact were so friendly and helpful they made us feel at home very quickly. Given the right opportunity in the future Crete is very much a place we would like to return to but perhaps in early summer rather than late autumn.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017