Heraklion Port

Vacation Travel Guide
Heraklion Port showing a marina

Spend an afternoon wandering around this ancient harbor and admiring the fortress and ancient walls or take a trip to one of the nearby islands.

Sit on a harbor wall at Heraklion Port and watch fishing boats bobbing on the sparkling Cretan waters. Visit the ancient fort that protected the harbor and see the old walls that have stood here for over 400 years. Sample local cuisine at one of the many restaurants near the water’s edge. Watch the coming and going of the small ferries that run between the Greek islands or book a passage on one and enjoy a daytrip away from the mainland.

Heraklion Port is split into two main areas: the ancient Venetian port and the modern transportation hub with regular ferries and numerous restaurants, shops and tourist information booths. If you arrive in Crete by boat there is a good chance this is where you will land, as it’s Crete’s busiest port and the best place to get ferries to other islands.

Make sure you stroll around the Venetian harbor. Colorful fishing boats bob on the water in front of remains of Venetian monuments built over 400 years ago. Stop to admire Koules Fortress, built near the harbor to protect the city from invasion. Inspect the wall overlooking the sea and you will find a large relief of the winged lion of St. Mark.

Look in the direction of the city and you will see high Venetian arches, also known as the Arsenali. These were used to protect boats that had come in for repair. They also stored gunpowder and weapons. Stop in at one of the many cafés or restaurants next to the water and enjoy the catch of the day cooked using a delicious local recipe with olive oil and fresh vegetables.

Make your way to the modern Heraklion port to take a ferry to one of the other islands. Book a daytrip or cruise and enjoy some time on the sparking blue Mediterranean waters. An attractive promenade along the nearby seafront offers more restaurants and shops.

Heraklion Port is at the end 25th of August Street, a 15-minute walk from Heraklion’s town center.

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Lato Boutique Hotel
Lato Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
15 Epimenidou Street, Heraklion, Crete Island
The price is CA $70 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 18 Anglon Square and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Heraklion Port is 0.5 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"Very pleasing, great location close to port. And center of town"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2021

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GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel
GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel
5 out of 5
9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion, Crete Island
The price is CA $105 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of the Battle for Crete and National Resistance and Heraklion Archaeological ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (965 reviews)
"Everything was excellent wood go back :)"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2021

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Olive Green Hotel
Olive Green Hotel
4 out of 5
Meramvellou & Idomeneos 22, Heraklion, Crete
The price is CA $73 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in the heart of Heraklion, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Heraklion Port. Eleftherias Square and St. Titus ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (329 reviews)
"Staff was great. Was allowed to check in at 11 am as we arrived at 6:30 am. Great service!"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2021

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Lato Annex Boutique Rooms
Lato Annex Boutique Rooms
4 out of 5
34 Epimenidou, Heraklion
The price is CA $63 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel
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5 out of 5
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The price is CA $105 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $70 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
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Olive Green Hotel
Olive Green Hotel
4 out of 5
Meramvellou & Idomeneos 22, Heraklion, Crete
The price is CA $73 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Aquila Atlantis Hotel
Aquila Atlantis Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is CA $102 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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Infinity City Boutique Hotel
Infinity City Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Ariadnis 9, Heraklion
The price is CA $76 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
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Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel
Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel
4 out of 5
11 Eleftherias square, Heraklion, Crete Island
The price is CA $68 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel
Dom Boutique Hotel
Dom Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Almirou 14, Heraklion
The price is CA $83 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
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Horizon Med Villa Sea View
Horizon Med Villa Sea View
3.5 out of 5
Unnamed Road, Heraklion, Crete
Horizon Med Villa Sea View
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