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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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                                                                                                      Great place to stay. Loads of space, very pleasant, obliging owner, great local facilities.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed as a family of 4 (kids both 11), in late July / early August, and it was great. The apartment is spacious, (as was the garden and parking etc), and the balconies both front and back were lovely in the morning and evening as a shelter from the hot sun. Our hosts were lovely, and cleaned the place and provided fresh towels every few days. And we had fresh home grown grapes every few days too. Brilliant. And the oranges had just started to come into season. The apartment itself is fairly basic, with some basic cooking facilities and a fridge. Not a problem for us as we ate out every night in the fantastic local restaurants. There are 10 - 15 of them clustered around a square about 5 mins walk away. The food in any of them is very good indeed, and cheap (compared to the UK). Criticisms? Could have done with a bit more crockery for breakfast (bowls were at a premium), and we had a last minute panic about finding the place - a confirmatory email and instructions on how to find it, and keys etc would have been helpful. These minor points though got lost in the overall experience. Thank you very much.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Stunning villa in peaceful surroundings with great customer service.

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                                                                                                      We are 2 families (3 adults & 4 teens) who booked this 3 bed villa (Anna's Villa) for a 1 week stay in August 2017. At the time of booking the villa was only available for 6 of the 7 nights that we wanted so Angelina kindly offered us the 4 bed villa next door for our final night (Villa Charize). When we arrived, Angelina told us the larger villa had become available and allowed us to stay there, at no extra cost, for our whole stay. Both of the detached villas were brand new and tastefully decorated - there is also a 3rd villa which we didn't get the chance to look in but looks almost identical. Our villa was clean and well-stocked on arrival with items such as hand soap, dish tabs, washing-up liquid, salt/pepper, bread, milk..and a bottle of raki. The beds were comfortable with lots of wardrobe space, each with its own ensuite. There is also powerful air-con in each bedroom and living area, which was certainly appreciated during our stay. We didn't make too much use of the TV but it had plenty of English channels and Netflix etc if the teens wanted to chill with a film of an evening and Wifi was also of adequate speed for our needs. The pool area was very comfortable with bean-bag type sun loungers and equally comfortable chairs. Being high up meant there was a lovely breeze to cool the hot days and the garden was full of tasty rosemary and others herbs that we added to our meals. A few minutes walk away from the villa is a waterpark which we visited and had a great day out (the owners provide discount cards for each person in the villa so access to the park costs just 15 Euro each). Even though the water park is close you wouldn't know it is there during your stay....you can't see it from the villa (it's behind a hill) and there isn't any noise. Kokkini Hani with it's beaches, restaurants & shops is worth a visit and only 10 min drive. One of the main things we loved about our stay was how friendly, accommodating & professional the owners & staff were. Nothing was too much trouble & they really did all they could to make our stay so memorable (it was my daughter's 13th birthday and on the day they kindly brought around a bottle of prosecco and a delicious chocolate cake from the local patisserie & even offered to order and pickup food for us from a local restaurant). We can highly recommend these villas for a relaxing stay in a peaceful location and you will be well looked-after. Thanks Angelina! x
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017