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Cathedral of Saint Minas at Heraklion
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What to Do in Heraklion in Autumn

If you love the Greek island atmosphere, then Crete is the ideal destination for you and your family.

Crete is more like a small country than a typical Greek island. Not only is it Greece’s largest island, but it is arguably the most fascinating and diverse as well. The island bears evidence of a rich, remarkable history. From the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Heraklion to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymnon and Chania, there are endless places to discover and cherish.

On top of that, summer actually lasts longer in Crete than anywhere else in Greece. As a result, the winter sun is even warmer than you’d expect! There is a much larger range of hotels available in October, compared to the other islands.

Focus on Heraklion, Elounda & Agios Nikolaos

In the heart of Heraklion, the Lato Boutique Hotel offers a pleasant stay and a breathtaking view of the city’s Venetian castle.

For a nice Cretan meal try Parasties. You can stop for a coffee or a snack at Central Park and do NOT forget to taste Bougatsa at Lions’ Square.

The Archanes village is just 16 kilometers outside the city, and it’s truly one of the most beautiful villages in the region. It’s even more spectacular in October. The Kalimera Archanes Guesthouses is tucked away in a picturesque alleyway and could easily become your home away from home.

Paradise Island Villas is a unique and sophisticated villa complex in Anisara, where you can enjoy your vacation in style. This comforting and luxurious experience is no more than 20 kilometers away from Heraklion.

Weather permitting and if you have a car, have a swim at Sarandaris beach and grab a bite at Sarandari restaurant.

The Knossos Beach and Bungalows are even closer to the center of the city – not to mention just a few kilometers from the airport (although it’s far enough to avoid the noise and the traffic – a win-win!). It’s sure to put you in that summer mood.

If you’re used to vacationing in the lap of luxury with high-end services and creature comforts, the Elounda Gulf Villas is the hotel for you. You’ll be a little further from Heraklion – about 70 kilometers – but the fantastic service more than makes up for it. 

If you get hungry in Elounda, both Gorgona and Ferryman have our blessing.

In Agios Nikolaos, taste local specialties at Chrisofyllis, we simply love its location.

Historical monuments for kids

You could visit Heraklion for the Palace of Knossos alone. The history of the Minoan civilization and the enchanting myths surrounding it are sure to capture your imagination, while the application Kids Love Knossos will maximize your experience.

For a private guided tour to the Palace of Knossos with your family click HERE:

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion holds many artifacts from Knossos, too, so don’t miss it!

Activities for Kids

There are endless activities for kids in the city of Heraklion, which is what makes it such a great destination for your family vacation.

The Natural History Museum in Heraklion is not to be missed, their educational programs will amuse all kids.

CretAquarium (or Thalassokosmos) located a few kilometers outside the city, is one of the most modern aquariums in Europe and accommodates hundreds of seafaring friends of the Mediterranean.

The Riding Academy of Crete is an ideal choice for a horse-loving family. We particularly love the Minoiki Avli performances that take place there.

Meanwhile, kids who crave adventure and adrenaline can enjoy a Hiking at the Gorge of Saints or even a Via Ferrata. Both activities promise an unforgettable experience.

Heraklion is a great wine county, so plan an excursion to a local winery. Visit a winery and show your kids how grapes magically turn into wine. Don’t forget to sample the exquisite Cretan varieties on offer.

And to wrap up your trip, the Labyrinthos theme park offers a full day of fun for all ages.

Do you need more ideas of where to stay, where to go and what to do in Heraklion or Lassithi?

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Kids will love

The Palace of Knossos and its fascinated myths

Parents will love

The Venetian castle in the city harbour

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