Heraklion (Greece)

Heraklion is quite large city in the Crete island, located in island north coast. The city's climate is mediterranean, so summers are warm and winters are mild. In summer temperatures are normally around +25 C and in winter +10 C. Rainfalls are mostly get from November to March. The city's biggest attractions are historical center, which is surrounded by walls and also the archaeological museum over 3000 year old Minoan expedition. There is also ancient Knosso Minoan palace near the city. Nearby the city there are also some good beaches.

Population: 173,993
Beach : Yes
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: No
Official language: Greek
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: You are expected to tip between 5 and 10%. If a service charge is included in the bill, tip less than normal.
Time in destination: Dec 6, 2019, 7:03:24 AM

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Weather Forecast

Fri
06.12

Partly cloudy

59°F

Sat
07.12

Partly cloudy

64°F

Sun
08.12

Fair

66°F

Mon
09.12

Partly cloudy

66°F

Tue
10.12

Partly cloudy

68°F

Wed
11.12

Cloudy

64°F

Thu
12.12

Clear sky

63°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Crete offers great weather all year. It's got incredible sights and offers a great time.

Of course, the summer months are best but they are the most crowded. However, the Mediterranean makes for a great getaway no matter the season or month, and this island is no exception thanks to its mild weather.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 53.6 59.4 48.2 10
February 54.0 59.9 48.2 9
March 56.5 62.2 49.6 6
April 61.9 68.4 53.6 3
May 68.5 74.3 58.8 1
June 75.7 81.1 66.2 0
July 79.0 83.5 71.1 0
August 78.6 83.1 71.1 0
September 74.3 79.5 66.7 1
October 67.8 73.6 61.7 4
November 61.9 68.2 56.1 6
December 56.8 62.6 51.6 8

More information: Heraklion forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Heraklion 8 most important sights:

  • Knossos: Knossos, undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete, was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a Neolithic settlement in the seventh millennium BC.
  • Chania (City): With markets selling all kinds and qualities of leather goods, and a really interesting indoor food market, Chania Town is worth a visit.
  • Lasithi Prefecture: I went to Lassithi with the goal of visiting the Lassithi Plateau to view the windmills, as I had seen old pictures in which the plateau was filled with working windmills.
  • Agios Nikolaos: Capital of the province of Lassithi, Agios Nikolaos is one of the longest-established resort towns located on the east of the island.
  • Rethymnon (City): Walking through the streets of Rethimno is very nice, especially in the evening, when you can end your walk in one of the nice Greek taverns and restaurants.
  • Hersonissos: Every Monday there is a Cretan night in the Old village Chersonissos, a few kilometers from the center of Chersonissos.
  • Heraklion (City): Make no mistake, this is not a poor cousin of the archaeological museum, in terms of artifacts, anyway.
  • Samaria Gorge: I walked the Samaria Gorge a little over 15 years ago, and it's one of the most spectacular walks I have ever done.

Recommendation for one day:

  1. Stop off at the Jolly Roger, the place to be to enjoy a cold drink by the sea while listening to great live music, watch sports or have a laugh with their quizzes.
  2. Find the Escape House, it's a live escape game, there's 3 rooms ready and 2 on the way. A fascinating neo-classical building, Escape House is perfect getaway from the busy life of the big city.
  3. Go to Acqua Plus Water Park, the most popular water park on the island of Crete.
  4. And then go to Gournes Beach, a sandy beach in the town of Gournes on northern Crete. It is located nine miles east of Heraklion, the capital of the island. The town is on a fertile plain where vegetables and olives are grown.
  5. Nearby find Cretaquarium. Its tanks are filled over 2,500 specimens of more than 200 species of Mediterranean fish .

More information: Heraklion sights on map

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Accommodation Area

The recommended accommodation areas for Heraklion are:

Cheap area: Anogia

Central location: Herkalion

Beach area: Elafonisi, Balos, Matala, Hersonissos, Vai, Elounda, Bali

Nightlife: Kiparissos

More information: Recommended districts of Heraklion on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Heraklion is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $47.54, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $151.85, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $39.82
  • Hotel (3 stars): $39.88
  • Hotel (4 stars): $88.41
  • Hotel (5 stars): $138.10
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $7.99
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $12.09
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.44
  • Meal, McDonalds: $6.66
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.09

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Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Heraklion destination map

Safety

Heraklion has been classified as extremely safe with security classification 5/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 75.2 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 89.0 (better than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 76.0 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Heraklion safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

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