7 days in Heraklion Prefecture & Agios Nikolaos Itinerary

7 days in Heraklion Prefecture & Agios Nikolaos Itinerary

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Hersonissos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Malia
— 1 night
Drive
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Heraklion
— 2 nights
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Hersonissos — 2 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hersonissos: Rethymnon (Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno, Rethymnon Old Town, &more) and Matala (Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) & Matala Beach). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, stop by Traditional Store, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hersonissos road trip tool.

Jerusalem, Israel to Hersonissos is an approximately 5-hour flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in October, with highs in Hersonissos at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Malia.
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Malia — 1 night

Located in an area inhabited since Neolithic times, Malia serves as one of Crete's major party zones.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Olivia Shop, then delve into the distant past at Malia Palace Archaeological Site, then enjoy the sand and surf at Potamos Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Malia trip planner.

Malia is just a stone's throw from Hersonissos. In October in Malia, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Agios Nikolaos.
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Agios Nikolaos — 1 night

A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni, stroll through Spinalonga (Kalydon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Agios Konstandinou kai Elenis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagias Keras Church, and finally delve into the distant past at Archaia Poli Tis Lato.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Agios Nikolaos trip itinerary maker tool.

Agios Nikolaos is just a stone's throw from Malia. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion — 2 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 7th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum of Crete, then steep yourself in history at Castello del Molo (Koules), and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then ponder the design of Morosini Fountain (Lion's Fountain), and then delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Heraklion tour itinerary app.

Traveling by shuttle from Agios Nikolaos to Heraklion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Agios Nikolaos in October, Heraklion is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Heraklion Prefecture travel guide

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Situated at the center of Crete, Heraklion prefecture remains best known for its eponymous capital city, the birthplace of artists El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. A crowded tourist mecca, the vibrant city serves as the starting point for day trips to the prefecture's main attraction, an ancient complex of Minoan palaces. This important archaeological site contains traces of Europe's oldest city, from which the mythical King Minos allegedly ruled the region. Venture farther away from the prefecture's big city and popular northern resorts to discover a less-trodden landscape of tiny villages, fertile green plains, and low mountain ranges.
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