Visit Heraklion - Best of Heraklion

Boasting of golden forts, crescent beaches and a lively atmosphere, the fifth largest city of Greece, Heraklion, is slowly becoming popular amongst tourists. Located on the island of Crete, this city plays an important role is not only tourism, but also in trade and communication. While its history goes back to the 9th century, its museum holds a history which goes almost 3,000 years back! Most of the key tourist spots are in the Old City, which can best be explored on foot. Other than museums, churches and galleries, the city flaunts its age-old forts and castles.

The best time to visit Heraklion is during the summers. Since the temperatures aren’t extreme, beach activities and sightseeing can be enjoyed best during this time. However, this also serves as the peak season for Heraklion Tourism. So, if you are travelling with children, or with a large group and want to look for something that’ll suit your budget, the best time to plan a trip here would be during spring or autumn.

The city is well connected to the mainland, as well as to some important foreign countries. Being a major port, you will find the bay busy all year round. Even while traversing the city, you will find regular buses and taxis available.

Accommodation options in Heraklion are in abundance. Opt for one that suits you best, and worry not, as all of them offer you a number of amenities that’ll make your holiday memorable to say the least! If you want to be able to explore the city on foot, it would be best to opt for a hotel that is centrally located. While deciding on what to include in your itinerary, don’t miss out on The Palace of Knossos, The Saint Minas Cathedral and The Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Also include some adventure activities, as well as some leisure time to enjoy the beach.

Heraklion Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Heraklion tips for your visit

  • Time zone: Eastern European Time Zone, UTC+02:00
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity and Internet: 220 - 240V
  • Languages: English, Itlakian
  • Tipping: Tipping is not expected in most places like restaurants, taxis and more, but is definitely appreciated.
  • Off-beaten path: Apart from the glorious beaches and the art and architecture that makes this city so alluring, you will find shopping to be an exceptionally interesting experience.
  • Security: Police- 100, Tourist Police- 171, Fire Brigade- 199

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Facts and Stats for Heraklion*

  • Pollution Statistics in Heraklion

    Know the pollution level of Heraklion before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Heraklion: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Heraklion for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Heraklion.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.22 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.61 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 27.78 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.06 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 20.83 (Low)
    • Drug offense 29.17 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.28 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 76.39 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.44 (Moderate)
  • Living in Heraklion - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Heraklion is 161.76 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 70.69 (High)
    • Climate Index 97.79 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 36.24 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 58.45 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 54.76 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.48 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 51.83 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Heraklion

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Heraklion

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.35 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.1 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 95.14 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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