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Hotels in Heraklion near Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis)

Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis) Hotels

Heraklion International Airport (HER) is the major gateway to the ever-popular island of Crete. As you'd expect, it's a busy, bustling hub of energy and excitement, where travelers arrive from across the globe. Enjoy the airport’s retro, stripped-back vibe, where white-washed walls and hallways house Greek restaurants, snack bars, and Duty Free stores. The ancient port city of Heraklion Airport is only 5 kilometers away.

Hotels in Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis)

There are a number of good, mid-range hotels near Heraklion Airport, which provide free guest parking, private balconies, and shimmering outdoor pools - the perfect way to cool off after exploring in the hot Greek sunshine. There are also a handful of 4 and 5-star hotels nearby, offering large, luxurious rooms, spa treatments, and free breakfasts.

Where to stay

Stay in central Heraklion and immerse yourself in the city’s ancient heritage. You'll marvel at magical millennia-old relics and copper-red Byzantine architecture, with must-see attractions including the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, with its hoard of statues and jewelry from a vanished epoch. Sun-seekers hunting for a resort-town vibe should stay east, along the Bay of Malia - a 30 minute drive from the airport - for sweeping sands and chilled-out bars.

How to get to Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis)

As Crete’s key airport, Heraklion Airport serves dozens of international and domestic destinations. At the airport, getting to your destination is no problem at all. There’s a large taxi rank outside the main entrance, where cabs wait to whisk you to your hotel at a pleasantly inexpensive price. If you plan to explore the rural inland areas of Crete, hiring your own car is best, and you’ll find several well-known rental services onsite.