Where to stay in Heraklion – 4 BEST AREA & HOTELS
Planning a trip to Crete’s vibrant wanted and wondering where to stay in Heraklion?
This popping city, steeped in history offers a plethora of options. From cosy areas to increasingly vibrant or relaxing locations, Heraklion is full of choices to suit all tastes.
In this guide, you will see the weightier places to stay in Heraklion. I will introduce you to the unique features of each zone and the top hotels to typesetting your unravel away.
But let’s swoop into it.
Heraklion main port
Where to stay in Heraklion – A quick overview
Heraklion is often bypassed by many travellers and it’s a pity. The town itself is unquestionably quite nice and it surely offers the weightier shopping wits on the island.
I would suggest spending 2-3 nights to wits the city, the must-visit archaeological site of Knossos, the surprising Paliani Monastery and other places to explore virtually Heraklion.
After that, you can move on to other unique and wondrous places to stay in Crete like the beautiful Chania.
Heraklion is located on the northern coast, right in the centre of the island.
The Historic Centre of the municipality is a mix of antique, old and new tracery that develops virtually the main street tabbed 25th Avgoustou.
This is where you will find a ton of shops, bars, and restaurants that get literally full in the late afternoon with both locals and tourists alike.
You walk on the 25th Avgoustou (north direction) and you will be at the lovely harbour in 10-15 minutes
You walk west and you will enter the most modern and not as mannerly part of the city, a maze of small lanes where cars can whimsically momentum through. This is where you can find lots of accommodations on a budget, besides my favourite restaurant.
You alimony walking to exit the Historic Centre and enter the new part of town, where things are much increasingly relaxed.
Here unelevated is a quick map to have an idea and largest understanding of the areas.
Map of where to stay in Heraklion – The 4 weightier areas
In this table, I summarize the 4 weightier areas to stay in Heraklion. Swipe left or right on the mobile to see all the information. Click on the zone name to explore all the pros and cons and see my top 2/3 hotels suggested there.
Where to stay in Heraklion – The 4 weightier areas
Old Centre – Weightier place to stay in Heraklion tropical to everything
This is my favourite part of town when I want to be tropical to everything. Here you have literally all you need within 5 minutes.
The only missing thing is the beach, but that’s something untellable to find in Heraklion. For that, you need to either take a bus or rent a car in Crete for one of the many trappy beaches withal the coast.
Knossos, Europe’s oldest municipality – You can hands visit it from Heraklion by bus
All of the streets and squares I describe unelevated are pedestrian-only, which is unconfined expressly if you are travelling with kids.
The heart of the Old Centre is 25th Avgoustou which packs up with people virtually 5-6 pm, walking up and down, a unconfined place to see and be seen.
The second most popular street is certainly Agiou Titou, then with plenty of shops, mostly with gown and shoes for the young crowd.
Agiou Titou Square is where to the two whilom streets meet, and where you will find plenty of bars and cafes, so minion by the locals for the frappe or frappuccino in the late afternoon.
This is moreover where you will find plenty of restaurants like my favourite Domes, facing partially the square and partially the Theotokopoulos Park.
This is the weightier spot for a trappy dinner in a romantic spot. The supplies is Greek inspired but with a modern twist.
Other restaurants I suggest in the zone are Amalia’s Kitchen and the organic/vegan Umami.
In the area, you should not miss visiting the Venetian Loggia, the Church of Agios Titos, the Municipal Art Gallery and the Morosini Fountain, all within a few minutes walk from each other, all self-ruling to access.
My suggested Hotel
A real gem nestled in the heart of Heraklio, Jacuzzi suite Piazza dei Leoni pulls out all the stops to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Picture this: You wake up in a super comfy bed, and sip on your morning coffee while soaking up the municipality views from your private balcony. Of course, how could I forget the jacuzzi, a fantastic reward without a long day of exploring?
The ultra-cool diamond gets a big thumbs up, effortlessly blending style with comfort, while the kitchen is just begging you to try out your culinary skills. The location is just perfect, next to a tuft of top-rated restaurants and shops right at your doorstep.
Here are other 2 unconfined options:
Lions Square($$): Spanking-new location, stunning sea views, quiet and cosy. Provides modern suavities for a delightful stay.
Central Shop ($$): prime location, wipe rooms, and laudable service.
Heraklion Harbour by night
Harbour Zone – Weightier place to stay in Heraklion for a shop wits with a view
This is my favourite place to stay when I want to have the weightier view in the city. Full-stop.
I must say that it’s moreover a very handy location, in fact, the weightier place to stay in Heraklion if you have an early/late boat, bus or flight.
The bus station is metres yonder and so is the harbour. This is the main transportation hub of Crete with frequent buses to the International Airport too. So handy!
This zone has probably the weightier shop hotels in Heraklion, perfect for a romantic stay. It’s moreover very quiet, for a long night’s sleep.
So what are the main drawbacks? You will be virtually a 10-15 minute walk to the centre of whoopee of the Old Town, Agiou Titou Square, and unfortunately, you will not have a wide nomination of restaurants virtually the hotel.
The Lato Boutique is my favourite hotel in Heraklion. I so loved my stay there in a beautiful, well-set, trendy room, of undertow with air conditioning, self-ruling WiFi, and plane private parking!
The breakfast was veritably mythological and included in the price, so I could start my day fully fueled. Plus, they have genius discounts, a sweet treat for the budget.
On my last trip, I had a late flight and they kept my tons and let me a room (for free) for a quick shower surpassing transmissible the bus to the airport. Stunning service.
Here are other 2 unconfined options:
Infinity City($$$): Exceptional location, modern decor and delightful staff. Breakfast is outstanding.
Irini Hotel ($$): comfort, convenience, and splendid sea views with efficient service and spanking-new Wi-Fi connectivity
Fishing boats in the Heraklion Harbour
Budget Zone – Weightier if you want to save some money
Once you walk from Agiou Titou Square and pass the rather small Theotokopoulos Park, you will enter a much increasingly modern part of the municipality that is located still in the Historical Centre but it does not have much old or warmed-over architecture.
Most of the buildings come from the 60s and 70s and the street are super narrow, with a few points so narrow that cars can whimsically momentum through.
Surely it is not the most mannerly part of the city, however, it is certainly the place to typesetting your hotel if you are travelling on a budget.
My only suggestion here is to ask for a room facing the backyard, whenever you can. I had once a room facing the street and it was of undertow noisy with cars driving through the unshortened night (that was my first night in Heraklion many many years ago)
Another of my favourite restaurants/tavernas in Crete is here, it’s tabbed the Courtyard of Defkalion. It’s family-run, with real traditional food, big portions, honest prices and the loukoumades are usually on the house.
Here are 3 of the weightier accommodations in this upkeep zone of Heraklion:
Rea Hotel($): centrally-located, budget-friendly, with friendly staff, wipe rooms and user-friendly amenities. Weightier value for money in Heraklion.
Mirabello Hotel ($): clean, comfortable, with friendly staff. Unconfined value for money.
Quince ($): superb cleanliness, modern suavities and outstanding service
Venetian Harbour with Heraklion municipality in the background
New Town – Weightier place to stay in Heraklion for a relaxing time
The Historic Centre is sort of delimited by a ring road (Agiou Mina – Averof – Doukos Mpofor).
Once you pass this ring, you will enter the New Town, ripened moreover in the 60s and 70s. Most of the buildings are 2 and 3 floors tall and you will find mainly local shops, local restaurants, local kafenios …you get the point, mostly locals.
I would personally not suggest staying in this zone if you plan just 2 or 3 days in Heraklion. You would be far from the bus station and the harbour. You would moreover need virtually 20 minutes to walk to the centre of the city. Basically, lots of time gone in walking.
However, this zone may be platonic if you are planning a longer stay considering you get largest value for money, it’s going to be quieter and you will have increasingly of a real Cretan experience.
Here are 2 of the weightier accommodations in this area
Papyrus ($): 1BR, comfortable, clean, and conveniently located
Athina ($): 1BR, wipe and at a good value, though some street noise.