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Flying to Heraklion

The starting point for you holiday to Crete

Mediterranean maritime climate

17 degrees

3 hours and 15 minutes

There once stood grand palaces. Then Crete became a naval power. Since then, peace has returned to the island. Life on Crete today is all about the beach, the sun and delicious Greek salads with fresh olives. Crete is... enjoying life as it should be. Most tourists stay in the north-eastern part of the island, in places like Heraklion, Malia and Agios Nikolaos. Heraklion is the capital of Crete, Greece's largest island. You'll find it in the middle along the island's northern coast, on the Aegean Sea.

Places to visit in Heraklion

Heraklion's central location in the north means it is well connected to the mainland. So it is no surprise that Heraklion is the perfect starting point for many trips in Crete. There is a lot to see and do in the city, with its bustling street life, many terraces and squares, a colourful daily market and plenty of eateries that serve Cretan specialities. Heraklion can make a noisy first impression, but it's also a city with character. Take a stroll along the harbour, the vibrant markets, shopping streets, the Morosini fountain and the beautiful churches of Agios Minas and Agios Titos. Heraklion is a city that lives. Tourism is plentiful and from Heraklion there are buses that go to almost every destination on the island. So you can understand why the city is a great starting place to explore Crete.

Discover Heraklion

Just south of Heraklion are the ruins of Knossos, once the mighty palace of King Minos. In fact, it was the first city of Greece and of Europe to rise up some 4,000 years ago. Crete flourished in Minoan times. The reconstructions show what life was like in the palace. A different experience, but equally impressive, is the Samaria Gorge, a narrow mountain pass 16 kilometres long. The mountain walls tower above the path up to 500 metres high. In some places, the walls almost touch and you feel very small. Surrendering to the robust forces of the mountains and the sea - that is typical of Crete.

Practical information on your trip to Heraklion

  • In Heraklion you can use the buses

  • The emergency number in Greece is the same as in the Netherlands: 112

  • In Greece you pay in euros

  • In Greece it is one hour later than in Eindhoven

  • You don't need a travel adapter in Greece

Pictures of Heraklion

Knossos Palace, Heraklion

Heraklion souvenirs

Koules Fortress, Heraklion

Flight tickets from Eindhoven to Heraklion

You can fly from Eindhoven Airport directly to Heraklion in Greece with Transavia.

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