Heraklion

The ideal destination

ClassCompany NameTelephoneDestinationAddressEmailWeb
LAldemar Knossos Royal Villas+30 28970 27400HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014
LAldemar Royal Mare+30 28970 25025HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014
LBella Beach Hotel+30 28970 21410HeraklionAnnisaras, 70014, Hersonisos
LCreta Maris Beach Resort+30 28970 27000HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
LGalaxy Hotel Iraklio+30 2810 238812Heraklion75 Dimokratias Ave., 71306
LGrecotel Amirandes Crete+30 28970 41103HeraklionP.O. Box 106, 71110
LKnossos Beach Bungalows & Suites+30 2810 761000HeraklionKokkini Hani, 71500
LOut Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort+30 2810 811112HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71500
LSerita Beach Hotel+30 28970 24542HeraklionAnissaras, 70014
LTui Magic Life Candia Maris+30 2810 377000HeraklionGazi, 71414
AAgapi Beach Resort+30 2810 250502HeraklionAmmoudara, 71002
AAldemar Cretan Village+30 28970 27600HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014,
AAlexander Beach Hotel & Village+30 28970 32134HeraklionP.O. Box 114, 70007, Malia
AArina Beach Resort+30 2810 761293HeraklionKokkini Hani, 71500
AAvdou Collection Suites+30 28970 51510HeraklionAvdou Pediados, 70005
AAvdou Collection Suites+30 28970 51510HeraklionAvdoy Pediados, 70005
ABest Western Sunshine Village Hotel+30 289 7025136HeraklionSeferi Str., Hersonissos, 70014
ABlue Bay Resort Hotel+30 2810 811072HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71500
ACapsis Astoria Hotel+30 2810 343080HeraklionEleftherias Sq., 71201
ACivitel Creta Beach+30 2810 252302Heraklion74 Andrea Papandreou str., 71414, Ammoudara
ACretan Malia Park+30 28970 31461HeraklionMalia, 70007
AEsperides Resort & Spa+30 28970 22323HeraklionCosta Varnali Str., Koutouloufari, Hersonissos
AFodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort+30 2810 521251HeraklionP.O. Box 1354, 71500
AGalaxy Villas Resort+30 28970 22910HeraklionAg.Konstantinou Str, 70014, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos
AGolden Beach Hotel+30 28970 24475Heraklion191 El.Venizelou Str., Hersonissos, 70014
AGolden Star Seaside resort+30 28970 25186HeraklionAnalipsi, 70014
AGrand Hotel Holiday Resort+30 28970 26300HeraklionLimenas Chersonissou, 70014
AIkaros Beach Resort & Spa+30 28970 31268HeraklionMalia, 70007
AKatalagari Country Suites+30 2810 360384HeraklionKatalagari Village, 70100
ALato Boutique Hotel+30 2810 228103Heraklion15 Epimenidou Str., 712 02
ALyttos Beach Hotel+30 28970 28500HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
AMagda Hotel+30 28970 42907HeraklionKato Gouves, 70014
ANana Beach Resort+30 28970 30100HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
ANeptuno Beach Resort+30 2810 370227HeraklionAmmoudara, 71414
APeninsula Resort & Spa+30 2810 811313HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71110
ASilva Beach Hotel+30 28970 22850HeraklionHersonnisos, 70014
AThe Village Resort & Waterpark+30 28970 26160HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
BBest Western Your Memories Hotel+30 28970 41844HeraklionKato Gouves, 70014

 

 

Location

Psiloritis, CreteThe Prefecture of Heraklion lies between Mt Psiloritis and the Lasithiotika Mountains and it is the largest administrative division of Crete. It has an area of 2,641 square km and a population of approximately 250,000. The northern part of the prefecture includes attractive resorts, very well organised with luxurious hotel complexes and fine sandy beaches, accessible by public transportation. The bustling modern city of Heraklion, the namesake capital of the prefecture and the administrative capital of the entire island, is the offspring from the union of cultures and peoples across three continents and it lies almost in the middle of the north coast on the site of the once small harbour that was the seaport of ancient Knossos

 

Transportation

The Prefecture has a complete range of transportation services The city of Heraklion is the island’s main transport hub with an international airport and the fifth largest harbour in Greece. The airport serves a great number of charter flights from almost anywhere in the world, while daily domestic flights connect Heraklion to Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. National and international ferries depart from the harbour with daily schedules to Piraeus, while in the summer there are frequent ferries to the Cyclades. Cruise liners operating out of Venice link Heraklion to Limassol in Cyprus and Haifa in Israel. Local and regional buses run between the capital and a variety of destinations both within the prefecture and beyond.

 

History

Koules Castle, Heraklion, CreteThe city of Heraklion, historically Candia, takes its name from the ancient Roman port of Heracleum, which likely occupied the same site. Arab Saracens who conquered Crete in 824 AD, destroyed the capital and built a new one at the location of present-day Heakleion, which took the Arabic name Khandaq (Moat), later corrupted to Candia by the Venetians to whom the island was sold in 1204. Most of the extensive system of walls built around the city by the Venetians survives to this day. In 1669, the city was ceded to the Turks after a siege that lasted more than 20 years. During the long Turkish occupation, which ended in 1897, Candia was known as Megalokastro. The Turks allowed the harbour to silt up and caused it to lose its former commercial pre-eminence. The Turkish rule ended in 1898 after the Great Independence War that began in 1821 and ended with the formation of the independent Cretan Republic. Finally, in 1913 the Union with Greece was realised. During the German invasion in 1941, the city suffered heavy damage from bombing. After WWII, it gained considerable commercial prominence, with a new harbour with moles, an airport and many hotels to serve the tourist trade.

 
 

Sightseeing & Monuments

Knossos, Heraklion, CreteThe Prefecture of Heraklion manages to combine Crete’s best highlights. Both the coastal and the inland parts have been inhabited without interruption since prehistoric times, and so the area is the richest in Crete in terms of archaeological sites. At 5km east of capital Heraklion, Knossos is the most important and well known ancient site in Crete, inhabited since Neolithic times and famous for the Palace of Knossos built around 1900 BC. Phaistos, evidently the second most important palace-city of Minoan Crete, is about 65 km of Heraklion, while at 34 km east of the capital is Malia, the 3rd Minoan place found on Crete. Second to size and importance only to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Heraklion’s outstanding Archaeological Museum is rich in exhibits, including pottery, jewellery, figurines and sarcophagi, as well as the famous frescos from Knossos. The Historical Museum of Heraklion deals with the history and folklore of Crete since about 1000 AD, housing among its collections a painting by El Greco, who was born near Heraklion. The prefecture has a number of magnificent Byzantine monasteries, the most important of which are the 15th c. Vrondissi, the abandoned monastery of Varsamoneri and the Monastery of Kardiotissa, while the countryside is strewn with small and larger churches, picturesque chapels and small temples carved inside rocks.

 

Cultural Events

Kera Monastery, Herklion, CreteEvery year the city of Heraklion, as well as numerous villages in the prefecture, organise cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals which attract a lot of people, locals and visitors alike. Participation is these events is a perfect opportunity for one to acquire a first hand experience of the jovial aspect of life on Crete. The annual Festival of Heraklion held at the Manos Hadjidakis Theatre and the Nikos Kazantzakis Garden Theatre, offers one of the largest and most varied programmes, including theatrical performances, traditional music and dance events, opera, art exhibitions, lectures and symposia.

 

People & Lifestyle

Setting aside the natural and historical jewels of Crete, the traveller will certainly agree that its most important asset is its people- the hospitable people of Crete, the true descendants of Xenios Zeus. The people are mainly engaged in agriculture and tourism. On Crete, tradition has found a way of appealing to modern people in forms that best serve their needs both for education and entertainment.

 

Natural Environment

Matala, Herklion, CreteGods, goddesses, and heroes were incarnated elements of nature that balanced brilliantly between godhood and the human temper. Here one finds the holy mountain of Ida where each spring the father of gods, Zeus is reborn amidst aromatic herbs and wild plants that diffuse the air with their delicate aroma, particularly during the spring. On the same mountain, on the hills of Youchtas on the slopes of innumerable hill tops and valleys thrives a unique flora and fauna owing to the excellent climatic conditions that prevail all over the region. The prefecture of Iraklio has many breathtaking locations, ideal for nature lovers. Impressive caves such as Kamares in Zaros and villages with sandy beaches such as Kali Limenes present glorious images that nature and time have created. There are also many areas for climbing and hiking, as well as various summer resorts.

 

Sports & Leisure

Extended good weather and the combination of mountains and sea create ideal conditions for all types of sea and land sports year round. Each year, international athletic events are organised here such as the Vardinogiannian World Marathon Race, the Minoan Cup (Sailing Regatta), the World Jet Ski events and others. There is also an 18-hole golf course with a Golf Academy. Crossing the island lengthways, the European path of long distance-walking E4 starts in the prefecture of Iraklion revealing a unique, ever-changing landscape. Trekking aficionados have the opportunity to experience the undiscovered nature of the region, old village paths, traditional settlements, monasteries and high mountains. Heraklion was an Olympic city during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and hosted a significant number of games and other related events

Nightlife and entertainment The cultural heritage of the prefecture of Heraklion combines harmoniously with varied forms of modern entertainment. For those inclined to modern entertainment and clubbing, there are ample opportunities at the many night clubs and music halls in the capital and the surrounding summer resorts. There is no end to the number of bars and discos featuring rock-and-roll and/or Greek popular music, although they come and go from year to year to reflect the latest fads. Visitors are sure to be kept entertained until the early morning hours.

 

Gastronomy & Shopping

Cretan Gastronomy, CreteFaithful to the Cretan culinary tradition, the local cuisine is simple, genuine, natural and palatable. Tavernas, restaurants and eateries offer a great variety of local delicacies featuring the Cretan olive oil as their basic ingredient. Wild-growing vegetables, consumed either raw or boiled, rich dairy products, fresh fish and an array of tasteful combinations of vegetables with meat provide for a wholesome, healthy and uniquely tasty diet. A glass of local wine or a shot of home-made “tsikoudia” are inseparable escorts for the superb culinary creations. The market of Heraklion, the richest in Crete and one of the finest in the Mediterranean, is in the centre of the capital city with vendors selling from fresh meat, vegetables, fish and species, as well as leather goods, tourist knick-knacks and beautiful gold jewellery. A great number of shops, high-class jewellers and clothes outlets are lining the central streets of the city. Popular artists are highly productive in such areas as woodcarving, glass- making, weaving, jewellery making, pottery and hand-painted icons. The ingenuity of the finished products, the overall workmanship, is the heritage of the Minoan civilisation.

 

Conference Facilities

Zeus Hall, Crete Convention Centre, Chania, CreteThe prefecture’s top-calibre hotel units have been recently hosting international summits, world and European conferences, as well as medical, business, social and educational events. Highly trained staff, excellent infrastructure and tens of luxurious areas are the strongest points of the local hotels that support congress tourism.

 

Useful Telephone Numbers

Airport of Heraklion: +30 2810 228402
Port Authority of Heraklion: +30 2810 244912
Heraklion Buses Services: +30 2810 245019
Heraklion Police: +30 2810 274010
Heraklion Tourist Police: +30 2810 274046
Regional Academic Hospital (PAGNI): +30 2813 402111
Heraklion General Hospital: +30 2813 408000
Archaeological museum of Heraklion: + 30 2810 279000
Archaeological site of Knossos: +30 2810 231940

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