Why You Should Visit Crete Heraklion
Crete Heraklion Airport is the main international gateway onto the island of Crete in the heart of the Mediterranean. This rustic island still retains much of its ancient charm with many ruins and archeological sites dotted around such as the Palace of Knossos or the ruins of Gournia, while there are also plenty of interesting museums to further explore the island’s rich history. Outdoor explorers will marvel at some of the incredible opportunities in Crete with its cave systems and mountainous terrain offering memorable adventures. As you would expect of a Mediterranean island, Crete boasts some of the world’s finest beaches and enjoys excellent sunny weather for most of the year.
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Arriving In Crete Heraklion
Heraklion International Airport is the primary airport in Crete set within a single passenger terminal. The airport is located just 5 km away from Heraklion and offers all of the essential amenities and facilities you would need. Along with a restaurant and a few bars and cafés, you can find retail and duty-free shopping or connect to the airport’s free Wi-Fi network to make your stay enjoyable. If you would rather use public transport when you have landed you can find buses to take you into the city, although you may prefer the convenience of a taxi to make the short journey into Heraklion.
Heraklion International Airport primarily handles seasonal flights to and from European destinations and does not yet handle any flights from the UAE, so visitors looking to travel from the UAE will need to make a stopover somewhere. Be advised that the majority of flights at the airport are on a seasonal basis, so you may find it difficult to travel to Crete Heraklion during the off-season.
Crete Heraklion Travel Information
Greece is a part of the Schengen Area which allows UAE nationals to travel to the country on a visa free basis for up to 90 days. During the summer in Crete you can expect hot temperatures with highs of around 28 degrees, while the weather remains relatively mild during the winter period. Although there is a network of public buses available to travel around Crete, you may find it easier to rent your own vehicle - thankfully there are plenty of leading car rental agencies operating at Heraklion International Airport at your service.
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* This information is correct as of October 2017
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