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Heraklion Holidays

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CurrencyEUR: Euro LanguageGreek Flight Duration4 hours (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +2 hours

The Heraklion area, on Crete’s beautiful north coast, boasts two of the Greek island’s main resorts, lively Hersonissos and the even more party crazy Malia, where the music plays well into the next morning. The city of Heraklion is Crete’s largest town and it has plenty to offer in terms of ancient history, entertainment and restaurants. You can also escape to quieter places like Gouves and Dia.

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Great Things to Do

Ancient ruins, all night parties, bustling beaches and deserted sandy coves – whatever you want from your holiday, Heraklion can deliver it.

Your Perfect Beach

You can pose in the bars or on the sands of action-packed Malia Central beach or hang out on bustling Hersonissos beach. Alternatively, escape to the tiny island of Dia in the Heraklion Gulf to luxuriate in the peace and quiet and take a swim in the bay. Or try the sandy beach in the charming resort of Gouvas.

Big Night Out

Malia is a well-known 18-30 destination, so if shots, foam parties and dancing till dawn and beyond are your cup of tea, you’ll love it. Hersonissos isn’t quite as party mad but there’s still a huge choice of nightspots where you can dance till the sun comes up. In Heraklion city, the after dark action happens around the port.

Traditional Greece

For history on your doorstep, the resorts of Gouves and Kokkini Hani both tick the boxes for traditional Greek architecture effortlessly melded with modern tourist must-haves like bars, restaurants and quality accommodation. Don’t miss Heraklion Old Town and the Bronze Age Palace of Knossos on its outskirts.

Dive In

From banana boats on Malia Central Beach to scuba diving off a boat in Dia, the Heraklion area offers lots of opportunities to do more than just paddle and swim in the sea. The area is also home to both the island’s major waterparks, Watercity and Aqua Plus Water Park, so adrenalin junkies can slide themselves silly.

Getting Around

If you plan on hiring a car to explore the area, pick it up from Heraklion Airport to save on transfer costs. If not, you can easily get a taxi or arrange a private transfer. A regular bus service leaves for Herkalion town too. Most of the resorts are easy to get around on foot but if you want to explore, a car is a good option. Scooter hire is popular too but remember to wear a helmet.

By Bus

The Heraklion area has a reliable, cheap bus service. In the town itself there are two bus stations for the regional services – Station A goes to the north and Station B’s routes head to the south of the island.

By Car

When driving, remember to stick to the right. Car hire is widely available and the roads are generally good. Driving is a great way to explore the area but taxis are a reasonably priced option too.

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Passports and Visas

As a British citizen, you don’t need a visa for travel to Greece but an in-date passport is essential. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Medical and travel insurance are essential for travel to Greece – including cover for any watersports you might want to do. Check your EHIC card is up to date for emergency hospital treatment. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

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