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Where to stay in Heraklion

If you’re considering a trip to Heraklion, you’ve come to the right place. There are 418 holiday rentals available all over Heraklion, and we’re confident you’ll find a place that meets your needs and your budget. Affordable vacation rentals in Heraklion start at a nightly rate of $14, with 20% of properties priced under $41 per night. Whether you’re on the hunt for a spacious home near Minoan Palace of Knossos, a hotel room close to Morosini Lions Fountain, or a place that also gives you close access to Heraklion — our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. VacationRenter offers a wide selection of properties from top travel companies like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo travel expedition, going on a Greek honeymoon to Heraklion, or planning a trip for a group of 9, we can match you with rental accommodations that sleep everyone comfortably. Time to make that Greece vacation you’ve been dreaming about a reality.

Where Is Heraklion in Greece?

Located on the Grecian island of Crete, Heraklion is located between Rethymno and Lasithi. Situated northwest of Knossos, the city lies on the island’s north coast along the Sea of Crete. Heraklion is the capital of its eponymous regional unit — and the highest peak in Crete, Mount Ida, is located just over an hour’s drive from the city.

What Is Heraklion, Greece Known For?

As the capital of Crete and Greece's fifth-largest city, Heraklion is famed for its impressive archaeological treasures, incredibly fascinating museums, picturesque villages, and a vast valley populated by vineyards and olive groves. Heraklion is home to low-key urban sophistication, emphasized by a thriving café and restaurant scene, excellent retail amenities, and bustling nightlife. Explore the ancient walls that dominate the old city, discover the revitalized waterfront that invites afternoon promenades, and walk around the historic center punctuated by buzzing squares that are bursting with old-world charm.

Popular Attractions in Heraklion, Greece

  • Koules Fortress: An impressive structure guarding the city, the Koules Fortress dominates the city harbor. Bearing the Turkish name of "koules" which translates to "fortress" —this inimitable structure is unmistakably Greek in its architecture and ancient charm. One of the most beloved monuments of the city and a universal symbol of Heraklion, the fortress now stands as a stunning remnant of past Venetian rule, playing host to art exhibitions, theatrics, and concerts.
  • Morosini Fountain in Lion Square: Located at the center of Heraklion's Old Town, Morosini Fountain is also the central orientation point of all activity in the old city. Surrounded by mature trees and cafes, the fountain is an ideal place to center yourself as you explore the labyrinthine maze of streets in the surrounding area. When the weather is warm, you'll almost always find a lively scene of locals and tourists enjoying the surrounding cafés and ice-cream shops. In the evening, the square around the fountain hums with people enjoying the nearby nightlife.
  • Ammoudara Beach: Golden sand and clear waters backed by tavernas await the sun-starved at Ammoudara Beach. Perfect for strolling, the expansive beach is littered with golden bodies splayed on sunbeds, dotted with umbrellas, and flanked by beach shacks serving only the most delicious of refreshments.

Popular Destinations Near Heraklion

  • Santorini: One of the most popular Greek holiday destinations there has ever been, and arguably the most popular Cycladic Island, Santorini floats peacefully in the Aegean Sea. Boasting a centuries-old reputation of stunning panoramic vistas, romantic sunsets, and golden beaches, it’s no surprise that great poets have raved about its beauty. Once devastated by the 16th-century volcanic eruption, its consequential rugged landscape still manages to be soaked in picturesque sublimity with its vibrantly hued cliffs, whitewashed houses, and atmospheric cobbled streets. A reigning item on several travel bucket lists, Santorini doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Best Neighborhoods in Heraklion

  • Old Town: Home to approximately 1,000 shops clustered together in tight-knit pedestrianized streets, the Old Town is all atmospheric alleyways and hidden corners. Populated by pretty restaurants, concealed patios, and retail stores that sell anything and everything you can imagine, the Old Town is illustrative of authentic Greek life — both past and present.
  • Waterfront: Some of Heraklion's best seafood restaurants, an ancient fortress, fascinating museums, and awe-inspiring views are what you'll find here. Starting at the breakwater and running past ornate Venetian arches, the Waterfront is the most picturesque locale in the town. Providing gorgeous panoramas of the serene seaside, the Waterfront is the perfect place to stretch your legs on a romantic promenade.

Home-types in Heraklion

Heraklion has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Heraklion:

Points of interests in Heraklion

Heraklion has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Heraklion:
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