Explore Heraklion ∙ bucket list for tourist

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Explore Heraklion: travel guide for tourists

The capital of Crete, Heraklion, is the center of ancient European civilization with rich history, priceless archaeological sites, and show-stopping nature. Heraklion is one of the top European destinations for summer holidays, hosting guests worldwide. 

Things not to miss in Heraklion

  • Explore the ancient Palace of Knossos, the biggest Minion site and the most significant attraction in Crete and Heraklion.
  • Wander around the local markets and mainly the Pateles searching for flavors, spices, seafood, and more.
  • Spend a day strolling about the Old Town, the Venetian Fort of Koules, and the promenade along the sea.
  • Learn a 3500-year history of Heraklion in the Archaeological Museum with priceless treasures. 
  • Shop in the Old Town with over 1000 souvenirs, jewelry, and handicraft shops. 
  • Enjoy the sun, golden sand, and turquoise water on Ammoudara Beach.

Eat like a local in Heraklion

  • Visit the popular Peskesi restaurant to taste the best wines from Crete’s vineyards.
  • Find a great variety of mezedes (Greek tapas) in Kafenio O Tempelis and enjoy a lovely evening with live music.
  • Typically Greek street food is served in Krasas with a wide variety of dishes.
  • Find some late-night restaurants and cafes on Agios Titos Square, Korai Street, and Lions Square.
  • Enjoy Cretan delicacies on the open terrace of Herb’s Garden restaurant overviewing the harbor and the old town.

Where to stay in Heraklion

  • Choose GDM Megaron, a Historical Monument 5-star hotel overlooking the Venetian port, for a luxury stay.
  • Enjoy a great location and modern amenities in Ibis Styles Heraklion Central 4-star hotel in the heart of Heraklion.
  • Comfort can be affordable if you choose Infinity City Boutique 3-star hotel within a 6- minute walk from the beach.
  • So Young stylish and modern hostel is a perfect place if you are a budget traveler.
  • Travel to famous Matala beach and caves, staying overnight in cozy Amalia hotel.

Heraklion hotels map with prices

Cheap flights to Heraklion

OriginDeparture atReturn atFind tickets
Athens24 May 202225 May 2022Tickets from 72
Milan18 May 202219 May 2022Tickets from 97
Vienna11 June 202214 June 2022Tickets from 104
Eindhoven9 June 202214 June 2022Tickets from 105
Helsinki7 June 202211 June 2022Tickets from 108
Tallinn5 June 202211 June 2022Tickets from 110
Warsaw8 June 202210 June 2022Tickets from 112
Thessaloniki4 June 20228 June 2022Tickets from 112
Malta21 June 202226 June 2022Tickets from 114
Riga6 June 202211 June 2022Tickets from 114

See also in Greece: Heraklion, Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Patras