Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Heraklion, GR that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $40 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Heraklion. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Heraklion

Come and experience Heraklion and its museums, monuments and history. This city's cafes, shopping and local tours draw many visitors. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in Heraklion

Are you looking for things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Heraklion a fun place to get away. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Watercity Waterpark (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Crete Golf Club (13.2 mi / 21.3 km)
  • Acqua Plus Water Park (13.6 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Aquaworld Aquarium (14.5 mi / 23.3 km)
  • Star Beach Water Park (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
  • Alternative Crete (17.4 mi / 27.9 km)

Wine and dine in scrumptious Heraklion

One of Heraklion's biggest draws is its smorgasbord of dining options. Keep things simple with local specialties, such as "dakos" bruschetta, flaky cheese pies and juicy gyros. Or, tantalize your palate with heirloom produce, organic meats, freshly caught seafood and wine-soaked snails, served up by the city's top establishments. Wash it down with a glass of local Cretan wine on the terrace of your Heraklion vacation rentals villa. For a dose of sun and sand, grab your Turkish towel and head to Ammoudara Beach, a golden stretch that's fringed by turquoise water.


Mediterranean bliss in Heraklion

Heraklion is at its best in the summer. Expect sultry temperatures and plenty of sunshine, especially from June to August. Gorgeous weather makes Heraklion a top pick for honeymooners. Heraklion vacation rentals keep things romantic with boutique decor, secluded settings and an intimate atmosphere. If you want to beat the crowds, consider visiting in late spring or early fall. You'll enjoy cooler weather, quieter beaches and irresistible shoulder season rates. Although winter temperatures dip into the 50s, there is still plenty of sunshine. You could also catch some of Crete's best festivals, including the high-energy Rethymnon Carnival.

Natural features

Discover Heraklion's silvery olive groves

Heraklion is located on the northern coast of Crete, Greece's largest island. It sits in the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its stunning sandy beaches, rugged mountains and postcard-perfect villages. The city is serviced by its own international airport which makes touching down in Heraklion a cinch. Venture inland and you'll find yourself surrounded by a patchwork of silvery olive groves and leafy vineyards. There's plenty on offer for intrepid travelers, including hiking in Samaria Gorge, cycling along the Lasithi Plateau and trekking in the White Mountains.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Heraklion

Fly into Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER), the closest airport, located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Heraklion?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it wants to go on vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Heraklion:

  • Around 35 miles from the center of Heraklion, it's difficult to beat "Agios Nikolaos: Fissi Villas Agios Nikolaos". It has 2 bedrooms and a range of conveniences like cable/satellite TV services and WiFi.
  • "Villa Anastasia Prines" is another top-notch choice, offering 3 bedrooms, air conditioning, children's games and more. It's around 40 miles from Heraklion.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Heraklion vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Heraklion?

Your working week will fly by if you've got something spectacular organized for the weekend. Give yourself something nice to look forward to by arranging a stay at one of these top weekend getaways in or near Heraklion:

  • If exploring the great outdoors is a main priority for you, book a day or two at "The Spacious. Boutique Apt. At City Center". Around 0.1 miles west of Heraklion, it's close to Crete Golf Club and Stalis Beach. Amenities at this retreat include a nearby marina and towels.
  • Also look into "The Penthouse. Central Apt. With Magnificent View", which is around 0.1 miles west of Heraklion. After exploring nearby natural attractions like Trypiti Beach and Lasinthos Eco Park, put your feet up in your rental and make use of an iron and ironing board, heating and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Heraklion?

Typically compact, easy on the wallet and well located, it's hard not to fall for the appeal of a studio apartment. Settle into one of these vacation rentals and discover the culture of Heraklion up close:

  • Explore your surroundings and then sleep soundly at "The Central Apt. At The Heart Of Historical City Center". This vacation rental is a popular base for sightseeing and offers amenities including an oven and nearby museums.
  • "The Spacious. Boutique Apt. At City Center" is another top option. Settle in and take advantage of nearby museums, a stovetop and more.

There are loads of sights around Heraklion you shouldn't miss. Feed your inner culture lover with a visit to Museum of Ancient Eleutherna and Vathypetro.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Heraklion?

Now and then, you've just got to take a break from it all, even if it's only for one or two days. Enjoy a nice mix of adventure and relaxation at one of these short-term rentals in or around Heraklion:

  • Nice and close to the center of Heraklion, "The Spacious. Boutique Apt. At City Center" is ideal for a mini break. While you're about, be sure to visit top sights like Mount Ida and Sfendoni Cave.
  • "The Penthouse. Central Apt. With Magnificent View" is another wonderful option. We suggest adding Museum of Grylios and Nikos Xylouris Home to your must-do list when it's time to sightsee.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Heraklion?

Forget chocolates and flowers. Sometimes all you need is to escape for a weekend, just you and your honey. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Heraklion that would make even Cupid swoon. Here are some to tempt you:

  • Around 7 miles from Heraklion, "Anopolis Heraklion: Villa Fabrica" is an ideal place for starry-eyed couples. A resort and a fireplace are just some of the many amenities here.
  • Otherwise, spend a few days sipping wine and canoodling at "The Central Apt. At The Heart Of Historical City Center", around 0.1 miles from Heraklion. Winery tours and air conditioning will help set the mood for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Heraklion?

You'll find some magnificent mansions for rent in and around Heraklion. If you want somewhere with ample room as well as a serious wow factor, these stunners will tick all your boxes:

  • Situated about 30 miles to the west of Heraklion, "Villa Cardia An Old Mansion Close To The Sea" is the ideal place for a luxurious escape. Nice touches here include a fireplace and a swimming pool.
  • Another great option is "Villa Manthos, Traditional Cretan Mansion". Around 20 miles to the west of Heraklion, this swanky vacation rental represents the height of high-class living and offers a fireplace, a garden and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Heraklion?

Sneak a look at these large group vacation rentals in or near Heraklion and forget about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • You'll have ample space to spread out at "Chandax Luxury Villa In Heraklion City Center". Around 0.1 miles northwest of Heraklion, this generously sized property has 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 13 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a beach view and a fireplace.
  • "Arispalace 300m² Villa With Private Pool" is another awesome option. It's around 6 miles to the southeast of Heraklion, has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 guests. A beach view and a water park are just a couple of things designed to make your visit more comfortable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Heraklion?

A pool is often a must-have amenity when choosing where to spend your vacation, especially if you're taking the kids. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Heraklion and spend your days splashing about:

  • Pack your swim gear and book a few days or more at "Marianthi's House - Archeological Museum". There are plenty of other great amenities here, including a microwave oven and free toiletries.
  • Spend leisurely days swimming or just unwinding by the water at "19th Century Old Town House". This vacation rental is another sought-after option and comes with a garden, coffee and tea making facilities and more.

Curious what the weather's like in Heraklion? It has a mediterranean climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 75 ºF to 80 ºF. If you're searching for more inspiration on places to stay in this exciting destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to scroll through our entire range of Heraklion vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Heraklion?

It's always more fun when you share those precious memories with the ones you care about the most. Whether you're organizing a family break or catching up with friends, we'll have a large vacation rental that's perfect for you. Here are two of our best in and around Heraklion:

  • Sleeping as many as 13 guests in 3 bedrooms, "Chandax Luxury Villa In Heraklion City Center" is the ideal place to spend quality time with the family. This popular retreat is 0.1 miles to the northwest of Heraklion and has amenities that include a porch and a nearby bay.
  • "Luxury Villa Karteros" also has the space you need to share special moments with loved ones. This option is around 4 miles to the east of Heraklion, and accommodates 7 guests in its 3 bedrooms. A toaster and childrens activities will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

When it's time to step outside your front door, there are lots of family-friendly attractions in the area to keep everyone happy. Cretaquarium, Watercity Waterpark and Dinosauria Park should be top of your to-do list.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Heraklion?

Add an extra touch of luxury to your getaway by staying someplace with a private indoor pool. These large houses in or near Heraklion have a swimming space that's all your own, along with lots of room for whoever you're bringing with you:

  • Unpack your bags at "Villa Thea Amazing 6 Bedroom Villa With A Heated Indoor And Outdoor Swimming Pool" and look forward to lazy poolside days. This sprawling pad has 6 bedrooms that sleep up to 16 guests along with many other great amenities. A fireplace and a kitchen are among them.
  • Another enticing option is "Hermes Grand Luxury Beachfront Villa And Spaprivate Beach". With 9 bedrooms accommodating up to 22 people, you can invite your entire crew to swim, lounge and hang out. A nearby waterfront and a beach view are other amenities your guests can enjoy here.

Want to see more options? Find your ideal stay by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to find the Heraklion vacation rental that's perfect for you.