Heraklion

heraklion creteHeraklion is the largest city in Crete and is also the island’s capital. Not only that but is also the fourth largest city in Greece meaning that if you choose to go on holiday in Heraklion you will have plenty to keep yourself busy. Full of striking beaches, interesting archaeological sites, amazing landscapes, picturesque villages and impressive gorges, it’s not hard to see why this city attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The climate emphasises the beauty of this Greek island which is the mildest in Greece and maybe even in the whole of Europe. With Mediterranean temperatures all year round consisting of hot and dry summers with mild winters, it’s no wonder that so many people go on holiday in Heraklion.

The northern coast is a popular place for many people to stay whilst on holiday in Heraklion as it consists of many attractive coastal resorts with plenty to offer and are close to beautiful beaches. Amoudara is just one of the great beaches located in the Gulf of Heraklion on the northern coast of the prefecture. It has soft golden sand and crystal – clear waters that you are used to seeing on postcards. As well as this there are some facilities and it has been awarded by the EU Blue Flag for its cleanliness.

Another popular beach which can be found on the southern coast of the prefecture is Agia Pelagia. The reason why so many people who holiday in Heraklion go to this beach is because it is long and spacious with golden sand that turns white in some spots. It’s well placed which means that it is always protected from the winds and there are also a few facilities available. You will find lots of different types of accommodation, taverns and bars in the nearby tourist village of Agia Pelagia.

Although the beaches are absolutely beautiful, there is more to a holiday in Heraklion that just sunbathing. You can visit the open – air museum located in Hersonissos which provides an original and creative approach to the culture and nature of Crete or you can go to Aquaworld Aquarium situated at the west end of Hersonissos. Here you will find turtles, lizards, geckos, snakes, tortoise, crocodiles, iguanas, octopus and much more.

There are 20 monestaries located around the prefecture as well as numerous churches and chapels. The Monastery of Vrondissi or Vrondessios is a 16th century monastery located south west of Heraklion. The breathtaking view is reason enough to take a trip there as well as for its beautiful 15th century fountain.

While on holiday in Heraklion, make sure you take a trip to Heraklion Town which is the capital of Crete. It is a busy town but some of the buildings have been preserved meaning that there is a pleasant atmosphere which is still reminiscent of the town’s glorious past.

If you are looking for a typical package holiday in Heraklion then Hersonisos is the resort best suited to this. There are many different types of accommodation, restaurants, shops, art shops, bars and nightclubs. This simple and authentic resort is complimented by ruins from the Roman period which can be seen in the surrounding area as well as some port remains which are visible under the sea.

Heraklion proposes a varied and lively nightlife which is particularly intense in the capital. Modern bars and nightclubs playing a variety of music are open until the early hours. With such a variety of things to do, a holiday in Heraklion is perfect for you regardless of your interests are and what kind of holiday you are after.

Image belongs to: Rachel Pearce. Taken from: http://www.flickr.com

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