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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location in Heraklion is Heraklion Airport (HER), which is just 10 mins' drive from Herklion itself (3km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Heraklion are Thrifty, SK Rent, Caldera, Enterprise and Alamo.
Warmest month: July (25°C)
Coldest month: January (12°C)
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Hire a car in Heraklion
Looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, Heraklion is a grand Grecian point of entry.
Greece’s fifth largest city, the capital of Crete may be heavy on the history but is not the dazzling ancient city that you expect. Rather, it’s a modern complex of traffic and suburbs with tourist dedicated hubs of restaurants, bars and shops. That doesn’t mean Heraklion’s history is totally forgotten. Its Archaeological Museum, Palace of Knossos and Venetian Port are still awe-inspiring.
For a little freedom, grab your rental and plot your road trip to Crete’s lesser visited sights. Beach hop along the coast, drive inland to discover the hilly scenery or road trip south to ancient Palace of Phaestos.
Sights to see
The bustling, beautiful capital of the glorious Greek island of Crete, Heraklion (or Iraklion as it is otherwise known) is a fascinating place for a holiday break.
Things to do in Heraklion
Brimming with history and a lively urban energy, Heraklion offers endless attractions for the visitor. Legend has it that Heraklion is where the Greek God Zeus met and fell in love with Europa, whose offspring of Minoans and sages were the founders of the earliest civilised nation in Europe. Heraklion’s ancient monuments celebrate this legend, but the city also offers plenty of modern treats. The markets and shops are filled with all kinds of things from souvenirs to delicious local delicacies. The city has some excellent old fortified walls including the Martinengo Battlements and the old gate Hanioporta. The medieval fortified wall surrounds the city and gave Heraklion the reputation as the best-defended city in the Mediterranean. The huge fortress of Koules still stands overlooking the port and is a fascinating place to explore. Heraklion also has a reputation as a fun loving city. There are plenty of festivals throughout the year, particularly the summer arts festivals with music, dance, theatre and sideshows all over the area.
Heraklion: Discover more
There is plenty to discover around Heraklion and further into the magnificent island of Crete. West of Heraklion is the superb Cretan History Museum. Here you can see wonderful exhibits of Byzantine, Medieval and ancient artefacts as well as artwork from El Greco, who was born in Heraklion.
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