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Heraklion Region in Crete – Complete Travel Guide

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April 1, 2021
TypeRegion
LocationHeraklion, Crete, Greece, Europe

What is Heraklion famous for?

  • Heraklion region is famous for some of the most beautiful archeological sites, remains of Minoan civilization, Knossos, Phaistos, and Malia
  • Heraklion town is the capital of the island and one of the most popular destinations
  • The Heraklion Archeological Museum houses the most important treasures of the Minoan civilization
  • Heraklion is famous also for the nightlife from Malia and Hersonissos
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CITIES AND VILLAGES

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

ANCIENT ARTEFACTS

North Beaches of Heraklion Prefecture

  • Malia
    • differents beaches belonging to Malia town
    • usually crowded beaches
  • Stalis Beach
    • beach with sand
    • shallow water
  • Hersonissos
    • differents beaches belonging to Hersonissos town
  • Analipsis Beach
    • Analipsis is a village located 20 km from Heraklion.
    • There are different beaches in this village suitable for families.
    • This village is quiet and peaceful and is not so developed as other places in Crete but has beautiful tavernas, restaurants, and hotels.
  • Gouves Beach
    • Blue Flag Beach
    • sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent
    • sandy beach
    • 16 km east of Heraklion town
    • there are bars, tavernas, and restaurant around
  • Gournes Beach
    • 16 km east of Heraklion
    •  sandy beach
  • Kokkini Beach
    • 14 km east of Heraklion
    • it is called also the Red Beach. the name is taken from the color of the rocks around
    • accessible only by boat as no roads leading here
    • no amenities on the beach
  • Karteros Beach
    • 7 km east of Heraklion
    • 1 km long beach
    • few coffee shops
    • no hotels by the beach
  • Ammoudara Beach
    • 1 km west of Heraklion
    • 7 km long beach
    • on the beach, you can find places with sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars, lifeguard, showers, changing rooms, water sport
  • Paliokastro Beach
    • 14 km west of Heraklion
    • few tavernas and a small shop
    • the beach is a small bay near Heraklion, under a beach
  • Ligaria Beach
    • sunbeds and umbrella to rent
    • good for snorkeling
  • Agia Pelagia Beach
    • 21 km west of Heraklion
    • long and narrow beach with sand and emerald waters
  • Mononaftis Beach
    • small pebbly beach with emerald waters
    • tavernas on the beach
  • Fodele Beach
    • Fodele Beach is 27 km from Heraklion Airport

South Beaches of Heraklion Prefecture

  • Kokkinos Pirgos Beach
    • a long and pebbly beach
    • fishing harbor
    • windy beach
    • on this beach is Red Castle Fish Tavern, a famous fish taverna
  • Kalamaki Beach
    • sandy beach
    • shallow water
    • good for families with children
  • Kommos Beach
    • long, golden sandy beach
    • 70 km from Heraklion
    • because of the archeological site nearby the construction is not permitted so no hotels
    • there are umbrellas and sunbeds, toilets, showers, a tavern, and a canteen
  • Matala Beach
    • 68 km southwest of Heraklion
    • it is located close to the Minoan Palace of Phaistos
    • one of the most famous beach in the Heraklion region because of the carved caves in the rocks that surround the beach
  • Kokini Ammos (Red Sand Beach)
    • you need to hike to reach this beach
    • you can take a boat from the Matala harbor to reach this beach
    • 68 km southwest of Heraklion
    • the view from the hill is beautiful
    • on the hill, you can watch the perfect sunset
  • Vathi Beach
    • 17 km southwest of Heraklion
    • bay beach
    • Difficult road
    • the beach is surrounded by long cliffs
    • here there is Daios Cove Hotel (a 5* luxury resort)
    • there is a restaurant on the beach
  • Ayiofarango Beach
    • pebble beach
    • no amenities, no restaurants, and hotels
    • wear water shoes
  • Kaloi Limenes Beach
    • 75km southwest of Heraklion
  • Diskos Beach
    • beach for naturists
    • few tavernas
  • Lentas Beach
    • beautiful beaches belonging to Lentas village
    • the beach is located in a bay
    • the water is blue and crystal clear
    • there are free sunbeds and parasols
    • there are restaurants close by
  • Loutra Beach
    • 69 km south of Heraklion
    • 4 km east of the Lentas village
    • there are sunbeds, umbrellas, and showers
    • there are restaurants close by
  • Psili Ammos Beach
    • 77 km south of the city of Heraklion
    • close to village Kali Limenes
    • sandy beach
    • crowdy in weekends
  • Koudoumas Beach
    • 71 km south of Heraklion
    • the beach is located in front of the monastery of Koudoumas
    • no amenities on the beach
    • there is a cave on the west side of this bach 
  • Agios Nikitas
    • fantastic and isolated beach
    • small pebbly beach with emerald waters
    • difficult to access (there are stairs)
  • Maridaki
    • picturesque place
    • bluewater next to the mountain
  • Tsoutsouros
    • beautiful, clean, and organized beach belonging to Tsoutsouros village
    • there are trees on the beach
  • Dermatos Beach
    • 58 km south of Heraklion
    • the beach is not organized
    • no amenities on the beach
    • there are no restaurants close by
  • Keratokampos Beach
    • 72km southeast of Heraklion
    • pebbly beach
    • there are trees on the beach offering shade
  • Arvi Beach
    • calm beach
    • organized with sunbeds, umbrellas

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