Best Places to Stay Near Heraklion, Crete

by May

Hi, my husband and I have booked to go to Greece next year in May.

We will travel to Athens and then take a flight to Crete, arriving in Heraklion airport.

We have one week to spend and I would like to know the best places to stay. We will be arriving about 5.30 pm in the evening.

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Sure, there are lots of places to stay, either in town or by the beach, which are close to the airport.

About Heraklion
The airport of Heraklion is only 4.5 km from the town. Heraklion town has many good hotels, our pick would be the Lato Boutique Hotel because it is central and stylish, with views over the old port. We have always found the service there to be excellent. Heraklion is a modern town with some remnants of Venetian architecture dotted about town. There is a lively street market and great shopping, especially along the pedestrian street 'Daedalou'. The area of Koraii has a plethora of cafes, bars and restaurants, with a lively, upbeat vibe. The historical collection of Crete is exhibited at the Archaeological Museum, one of the most visited attractions on Crete. Although it is not the most attractive town on the island, we love it and it is well worth exploring its nooks and crannies and getting to know its lane ways.

See more about Heraklion town hotels here...

Countryside Accommodation
A beautiful rural village only 16 km from the airport is Archanes Village. Here we suggest the Archontiko Studios as they are beautifully restored traditional buildings full of the local flavour. By staying in this village you will have a peaceful, relaxing location rather than the city buzz. Also you will be located only 7 km from Knossos Palace, one of the most interesting archaeological sites on the island, said to be the centre of Minoan culture which dates back at least 4000 years, to 2000 BC

Beachside Accommodation
A lovely seaside village just 23 km from the airport is Agia Pelagia. In this beautiful seaside location are many guesthouses, pensions and apartments, and good cafes, bars and tavernas. We suggest the luxury Out of the Blue Resort on the point overlooking the crystal clear waters. This is a world class resort, in private gardens, surrounded by classic Greek blue bays with crystalline waters.

Each of these destinations is very easy to access with a quick taxi ride from the airport. For more information or to pre-book your taxi before you leave home, see our page about Getting Around in Crete...

Kalo Taxidi! Bon Voyage!

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