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Introduction

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Heraklion is the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It is the largest city on the island and the 4th biggest in Greece with around 150,000 inhabitants in the city proper. The city is located in the central north of Crete.

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Weather

Heraklion has a Mediterranean cliamte with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. In summer, daily highs are mostly around the 30 °C to 35 °C mark with warm nights of around 20 °C. Winters are mostly around 15 °C during the day though sometimes hit well over 20 °C as well. Nights are above zero and rain is common during the months of December to February.

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Getting There

By Plane

Heraklion International Airport (HER) has many flights. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways mainly serve the British market, while Hamburg International Airlines, TuiFly, Air Berlin and Condor serve the German market. Easyjet has flights to/from Berlin, London and Manchester. Eurocypria has many flights as well including to Polish cities like Poznan, Krakow and Warsaw.
Other destinations include Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Malta, Paris, Prague, Brussels, Tallinn, Geneva, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Budapest, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinenburg and many Greek Islands and of course Athens and Thessaloniki.

By Boat

Anek Lines has daily services from Piraeus to Heraklion v.v.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Athinaikon Hotel - Crete89, Ethnikis Antistassis Str., Heraklio Town, CretHotel-
Kamari HotelKokkini Hani, Heraklion, CreteHotel-
Korifi Suites & AptsTraditional Piskopiano villageHotel88
Prince of LilliesHeraklion CreteHotel81
Sun HotelAndrea Papandreou 123 AmoudaraHotel79
Castro HotelA.Papandreou str.301 Gazi Ammoudara Heraklion CreteHotel79
Melpo Hotel152 Eleftherios Venizelos HersonissosHotel-
ATRION HOTELChronaki Street 9Hotel-
CASTELLO HOTEL62 Martyron Avenue 1Hotel-
Lato Boutique HotelEpimenidou street 15Hotel-
Park Hotel19 Evrou StreetHotel73
Spiros Soula AptsLygaria, Heracklion, CretaHOTEL83
Manos Studios HotelNimfon 14, AmoudaraHOTEL86
Hotel Roxani-HeraklionA.Papandreou, str. 267, Gazi Amoudara, Heraklion A.PapandreouHOTEL-
Pasiphae HotelNaxou Str. 1 PorosHOTEL74
Creta Beach Hotel & Bungalows74, Andrea Papandreou str., Ammoudara, Gazi Heraklion, Crete – GreeceHOTEL-
Hotel Georgia10 Vagias StreetHotel-
Bella VistaAno HersonisosAPARTMENT-
Mirabello Hotel20 Theotokopoulou StrHotel-
Matala Bay HotelMatala, Heraklion, CreteHOTEL-
Aquarius Apartments - CreteEl. Venizelou, Agia Pelagia, HeraklionHOTEL-
Hariklia RoomsZaros, Heraklion, CreteAPARTMENT-
CHC Gouves Mare - HeraklionGouves PediadosHOTEL-
Creta SunAgia Pelagia 71500HOTEL-
Michel ApartmentsParou 2APARTMENT-
Porto VillagePorto Village Hersonissos, 70014 Iraklio, Crete, GGUESTHOUSE-
Dolphin Bay Holiday ResortN. Stadion, AmmoudaraHOTEL-
Marirena HotelAmmoudaraHOTEL-
Creta HostelRethymnou 10APARTMENT-
Athina PalaceMade LygariaHOTEL-
Sea Side Resort & SpaAg.Pelagia-HeraklionHOTEL-
Nicolas Villas 3*Agia PelagiaHotel-
Club Lyda Hotel 3*Kato GouvesHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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