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General Information

Population: 150.000 residents (137.711 according to the 2001 census).

Surface: 120 sqm.

Climate: Soft Mediterranean.

Geographya: Capital of Crete, in the centre of the northern coast of island.

History: Birthplace of the first European civilization since Minoan Period 3.000 b.c. with capital the city of Knosos.

Economy: Key sectors are Tourism, Agriculture and Trade.

Crops: Olive trees, vines, orange,legumes.

Food: Cretan foods with olive oil, legumes, vegetables, fruits, wine.

Flora: Unique aromatic plants.

Fauna: Unique Cretan Chamois (Kri Kri).

Museums: Archaeological Museum, Historical Museum, Natural History Museum, Museum Of Battle of Crete.

Academic Institutions: University of Crete, Faculty of Medicine (8.000 students), Technological Institution (6.500 students), Foundation of Research and Technology (FORTH), Technological Park (STEPc).

Airport: Second International Airport of Greece, first in charter flights. Itineraries.

Harbour: Important passenger, commercial and cruise. Itineraries.

Hotels: Numerous of luxury, A'' ,B'',and C'' category Hotels and rented rooms.

Road Network: National road connects Heraklion with the other main cities of Crete.

Hospitals: Regional Academic (PEPAGNI), Venizeleio General.

Tourist Period: From April To November

Information: National Tourism Organization.

Holiday Rentals We Suggest

  1. Villa Lygaria in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villa Lygaria

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 310 / night

    Villa Lygaria is a stone-built, 2-bedroom villa located in Lygaria village, just 20 km northwestern from the city of Heraklion. It is only 500 meters on foot from the sandy beach of Lygaria and offers magnificent sea views.  read more...

  2. Gouves Sea View Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Gouves

    Gouves Sea View Villa

    in Heraklion, Gouves, from 220 / night

    Gouves Sea View Villa is a beachfront 5-bedroom detached Villa of 215 sq m. Within a few minutes walking distance you can enjoy the long sandy beach, many taverns and cafes.  read more...

  3. Classy Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Archanes

    Classy Villa

    in Heraklion, Archanes, from 140 / night

    Classy Villa is an amazing, traditionally designed 3-bedroom villa, ideally situated in the picturesque rural town of Archanes, 10 km of Heraklion Town and 13 km of the international airport. The fine sandy beach of Amnissos lies about 14 km far.  read more...

  4. Waterfront Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Gouves

    Waterfront Villa

    in Heraklion, Gouves, from 280 / night

    Waterfront Villa is a beachfront 4-bedroom detached Villa of 210 sq m, set right in front of the long sandy beach in Kato Gouves. Waterfront Villa is located 18 km away from the city of Heraklion and near many sights of interest.  read more...

  5. Villa Gorgeous in Crete, Heraklion, Gouves

    Villa Gorgeous

    in Heraklion, Gouves, from 200 / night

    Villa Gorgeous is a lovely 3-bedroom Villa of 165 sq m, which belongs to a complex of three luxury Villas only a few meters away from the sandy beach in Kato Gouves. Within a very short walking distance you can find a traditional cafe and shop, many restaurants, taverns, a few bars and a bakery. A supermarket is also found at 1100 meters.  read more...

  6. Villas Milos in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villas Milos

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 785 / night

    Villas Milos are two detached upper floor 2-bedroom villas with private pools, one brand new ground floor 1-bedroom apartment below of the two Villas, and one stone built 2-bedroom Guesthouse at the back of the plot, 4.5 km from the lovely sandy beach of Lygaria.  read more...

  7. White Villas in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    White Villas

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 160 / night

    White Villas are two unique sea view villas in Agia Pelagia, 1000 meters from the sandy beach. Each Villa has three bedrooms with three en-suite bathrooms, a private infinity pool and amazing views of the bay of Agia Pelagia.  read more...

  8. Salty Villa in Crete, Heraklion, Kokkini Chani

    Salty Villa

    in Heraklion, Kokkini Chani, from 350 / night

    Salty Villa is a lovely, sea view 3-bedroom villa with a private swimming pool next to the sandy beach, a few steps from the sea, in the area of Kokkini Chani.  read more...

  9. Villa Sunny Dreams in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villa Sunny Dreams

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 270 / night

    Villa Sunny Dreams is a 3-bedroom maisonete style villa with a private pool and lovely panoramic sea views, 1000 meters from the sandy beach of Lygaria, and 4 km from the town of Agia Pelagia.  read more...

  10. Villa Hara in Crete, Heraklion, Agia Pelagia

    Villa Hara

    in Heraklion, Agia Pelagia, from 160 / night

    Villa Hara is a modern, brand new 3-bedroom Villa with three en-suite bathrooms, which is located only a few minutes drive away from the beautiful sandy beach of Agia Pelagia and about about 25 km northwest from Heraklion city.  read more...