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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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                                                              Our stay was amazing !! We were whole family (6 people )! Petros helped us at everything we needed! See you next year!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 13-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Lovely houses in a difficult-to-access area

                                                              4 of 5
                                                              We actually stayed in the Orion house, but they are both the same. The houses are very nicely appointed, fully air-conditioned, great fridge-freezer and with wonderful views from the terrace. There are a couple of things missing from the houses which would be useful - a toaster and a washing machine (although apparently there is a communal washing machine available for a small fee). The wifi is very flaky, but that is a common issue everywhere in Crete. The TV has only one English-language channel (the ghastly Euronews) and the satellite channels are Greek only. The management (Artemis, a lovely lady) are very helpful and happy to recommend restaurants in the village of Archanes. They made us a lovely breakfast in the little reception area on our last morning for a very reasonable €10 each. The pool area is lovely, with very comfortable beds. The pool itself is very cold, though, the price one pays for being so high up in the mountains. We didn't make much use of the pool during our stay as there were families with young, noisy children monopolising it for much of the time, but chose instead to spend our days on one of the many private beaches in Ammoudara, Heraklion. A car is an absolute essential here. The houses are over 1.5 kms (not 500 meters as in some publicity) from the village, up a series of windy, unmade-up roads - it is most definitely not walkable unless you are are very young and very fit. That said, the local taxi-driver, Katerina, will pick you up from your house and take you down to the village, and back up again when you're ready, for €10, and into Heraklion for €25. She is lovely, speaks several languages and don't even ask how she manages to manoeuvre her large Merc on those roads! All in all, we had a very pleasant stay and would happily recommend these Eliathos houses. Please note that all prices quoted are as at July 2015.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2015
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2015