Heraklion International Airport Gr HER
Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" is located 4km east from Heraklion city center, close to the City of New Halicarnassus. It took its name from the great Greek writer and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis. Heraklion International Airport is the largest airport of Crete and the second busiest airport in the country. The areas served are Heraklion City, Malia, Hersonissos, Stalis, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia, Fodele, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and all other location within the Heraklion region.
The existing Heraklion airport is expected to be replaced by a new one in the area of Kastelli at the beginning of the tourist season of 2015. The new Heraklion Airport will serve many more passengers and accommodate larger aircrafts.
Heraklion City, which is located near Knossos, is Crete's capital and the largest city of the island. The city's history begins in 824AD where it was built by the Saracen pirates. In the city of Heraklion visitors have the opportunity to see museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Battle of Crete and National Resistance, the archaeological site of Knossos etc. They can also admire the Venetian Fortress Koules lying in the harbor, the church of St. Titus, the Venetian Loggia, the Basilica of San Marco, the cathedral of Saint Minas. And of course they can walk to market road 1866, to the pedestrian street on August 25 with its many preserved neoclassical buildings, on the square with the Lion Morosini fountain, near the Venetian walls of Heraklion, on the square Cornaro, on Freedom Square and the pedestrian Korai Street, where they can make a break for a coffee and admire the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis Martinengo Bastion.
Related nearby beaches where visitors can swim are Malia (37km), Agia Pelagia (24km), Fodele (30km), Hersonissos (27km) with its surrounding beaches.
Heraklion region offers numerous of entertainment options. There are points everywhere and night life venues to suit all tastes, Restaurants, Traditional Taverns, Clubs, Bars.
Hiring a Car for your vacations in Heraklion Crete is essential. Distances between cities and main attractions require a vehicle. Public transportation is always available but for the traveler who seeks independence renting a car in Heraklion Crete is the best choice. For detailed Car Hire in Crete Options browse our selected list of Car Rental agencies.