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.
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.
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.