Discover the beauty of one of the most diverse cities in Greece with car rental services in Heraklion, from Rental Center Crete, an authority when it comes to high-quality, affordable rental car services in the country. Heraklion is a merging point for major destinations in Greece, an excellent kick-start point for exciting adventures around the culturally and historically saturated country. Heraklion is one of the largest cities in Greece, and we can offer many car rental locations for you to choose from instead of opting for a busy shuttle bus.
It is quite challenging to get from place to place without proper means of transportation so renting a car is an excellent tip for tourists. Vehicle rentals are a perfect solution for your transport while staying in town.
Now you can explore Heraklion like the locals do with a car hire in Heraklion once you leave the airport or port. Grab a local tourist map or pump up your sat nav system to plot your itinerary or organise a rental vehicle from the terminal building once you step off the plane.
We offer car rental to make it easier to get to different destinations that you want to visit from a pick up location that works for you. Never worry about missing your tour bus and take all the time you need to soak up the beauty of the sights with a car rental in Heraklion. Visit the most fascinating sites and historical landmarks by car, where you can trudge the very streets through which the ancient gods and goddesses once traipsed.
The weather is warm and sunny for most of the year. Spring and Autumn is a popular time to visit the Heraklion city or venture off to the nice beaches. These are the seasons that the temperatures are mild. Meteo.gr is the best website to check the latest weather and forecasts in Heraklion and Crete.
If you really like the heat and sun, the ideal time to visit the main city. The day to day temperatures reach 33-37˚C. Most people decide to spend the hot summer days at the beach instead of exploring Heraklion and sightseeing.
During the summer, you can also visit Heraklion's traditional festivals and 'Panigiria' where you can celebrate in Crete like a local.
The winter is also a good time to come to Heraklion. January and February are the coldest months with an average low of just 8-10°C and showers during the whole day.
Here is a very detailed guide on when to visit Crete depending the weather, the crowd and the activities you like most to do in Crete
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Check also where to find the best parking spots in Heraklion on our blog.
On average a car rental in Heraklion costs €29 per day, which is cheaper than most car rental companies around.
Group C. Medium (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car group in Heraklion as it's a smaller car. Contact us to find out more for exclusive deals on the car of your choice.
Drivers over 21 years of age and having a valid licence over a year can hire a car from our company. Some Groups like Premium SUV or require the age of the driver to be minimum 25 years old.
When you pick up your car in Heraklion, you will need a:
1. Valid driving license in english characters,
2. Valid passport or ID card,
3. Sign the Rental Agreement.
Take a look at our car hire location map to find the best hire cars near you. In short, you can pick up your rental car in our office in:
(1) Heraklion (Nidas 1, 71307, Heraklion), (2) Heraklion Airport, (3) Heraklion Port and (4) any hotel or other nearby locations within Heraklion city limits free of charge.
In all cases a prior booking is required.
Yes we do. For example, you can pick up your rental car in Heraklion and drop it off in Chania Airport. The oneway fee cost is auto-calculated in the given quote when you reserve the car online.
Crete is gifted with sheer natural beauty and diverse landscapes. Over the years it has been voted as one of the most popular European holiday destinations. Its capital Heraklion is not only the largest city of the island but also one of the largest cities in Greece. A city of historic importance — Heraklion embodies the Greek spirit with exceptional hospitality, sensational cuisine, breathtaking scenery, historical sites and top-notch entertainment.
Whether you are seeking a beach holiday or to delve deeper into the country’s rich historical past, Heraklion offers endless recreational opportunities.
Crete was once home to the Minoan civilization, today some of its key finds such as the Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys attract millions of visitors who flock here to admire the impressive structures which dated back to the ancient times.
One of Heraklion’s best known archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos is situated 5 km south from the city centre of Heraklion. This major city of Crete, as well as one of Europe’s oldest cities was the center of the Minoan civilization. The main attraction is the famous Minoan Palace which was constructed on top of a Neolithic town. Visitors can admire the numerous finds from the palace such as pottery, vessels, original wall paintings and art, which are all housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
The area surrounding the harbour is characterized by the city’s centuries long history, the tales of gods, rebellions and conquerors.
The Old Harbor of Heraklion is dominated by the imposing Venetian construction, the Koules Fortress which the Italians called Rocca al Mare. For centuries the great walls of the fortress served as protection against the invaders. The cells and dark halls were used as prisons for the Cretan rebels. Today, visitors may enjoy the harbour’s colourful character which is highlighted by traditional fishing boats and numerous tavernas serving freshly prepared seafood dishes.
Strolling through the winding streets of Heraklion you will come across numerous sculptures, statues and busts commemorating significant events and figures of Crete’s history. Watch out for important monuments dedicated to El Greco, Vitsentzos Kornaros, Nikos Kazantzakis and Eleftherios Venizelos, just to name a few. The town itself also houses several impressive Venetian fountains such as the Bembo Fountain, the Priuli Fountain, Palmeti Fountain, Sagredo Fountain and the Morosini Fountain which crowns the Lion Square.
For those seeking to discover the cultural heritage of Crete may visit one of the many museums: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Natural History Museum, Historical Museum of Crete (displaying the dramatic history of the city of Heraklion), Nikos Kazantzakis Museum dedicated to the famous Greek novelist best known for writing Zorba the Greek, Museum for the Battle of Crete and National Resistance (housing relics from the period of Cretan resistance to occupation between 1941 and 1945), Museum of Visual Arts, and the Cretaquarium which is a great attraction for families with kids.
Crete is blessed with a stunning coastline with diverse shores ranging from quiet and pristine beaches to well organized as well as those awarded with the Blue Flag status. Car hire Heraklion can help you reach these beautiful beaches.
The Red Beach which is situated in the small fishing village of Matala, 75 km south-west of Heraklion was once a popular hippie destination in the 60s, 70s and 80s. One of its distinct attractions is the rocky limestone landscape with interesting carvings and engravings of Minoan figures. A short distance of 2 km from Matala, lies the Kommos Beach where the protected sea turtles Caretta Caretta nest their eggs, from May to September.
At a close proximity from Matala is one of the most picturesque beaches in the area, the Agiofarago Beach which is situated at the exit of the Agiofarago Gorge. Access to this beach is slightly challenging as you will have to drive through a dirt road thus renting an SUV is recommended. Once you park your vehicle there is a 20-30 minute hike through the surrounding cliffs and shrubs. The view is absolutely rewarding. The beach can also be reached by boat from Matala, Agia Galini or Kali Limenes.
For those seeking a quiet and comfortable retreat, a drive towards the small fishing village of Agia Pelagia is highly recommended. Situated approximately 20 km from Heraklion on the way towards Rethymnon, the village is home to some of the most tranquil beaches protected by the north winds, thus the sea is always calm. Here you will find numerous tavernas, bars and watersports activities.
The city of Heraklion is packed with numerous accommodation options. Whether you are looking for a chic city escape or a villa-style stay, there is plenty of choice for everyone. Read on for our guide to where to stay in Heraklion.
A short walking distance from the city center of Heraklion and next to the Archaeological Museum, this 4-star hotel offers modern accommodation. All rooms feature private bathrooms with a tub and self-regulated climate control. Enjoy the sweeping views of Heraklion and the old Venetian port from the rooftop pool area. The rooftop of the Taratsa Astoria Cocktail & Food Bar offers a relaxing atmosphere making it an ideal place for both day and night, serving coffees and cocktails accompanied by snacks and light bites.
This centrally located 5-star luxury hotel is situated 500 m from the Historical City Center of Heraklion, 5 km from the airport and 1 km from the port. An ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers, it features a wide range of accommodation options from standard rooms to elegant suites, business rooms and inter-connecting family rooms.
Hotel facilities include a complimentary Gym & Wellness club available for hotel guests, a fresh water swimming pool and a complimentary smartphone featuring unlimited local and international calls, 4G internet access and city guide.
Rated as one of the top stays in Heraklion, the 5-star GDM Megaron Hotel is housed in a 1920s building overlooking the Old Harbour. Featuring elegantly appointed guest rooms, most come with a balcony with views over the Venetian port and sea. Other facilities include a Health Club featuring a sauna, hammam, hot tub and a gym. Guests may also enjoy the rooftop plunge pool with beautiful sea views. Complimentary parking is available for hotel guests.
Ideally situated in the heart of Heraklion Town this 4-star hotel is a short stroll from all the major attractions. All rooms are spacious and provide great sea and city views from the balcony. Amenities such as complimentary pillow menus and tea/coffee making facilities are provided. There is an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor parking is available for hotel guests.
This boutique hotel enjoys a prime location across from the old city harbour. The hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant offers fantastic views of the Venetian Fortress where you can enjoy a romantic dinner while watching the sunset. This recently renovated 3-star hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a balcony and work desk. Hotel facilities include a steam room - hot tub area which is available upon request and at extra charge.
Centrally located in the heart of Heraklion Town this modern, 5-star eco-friendly hotel incorporates cutting-edge technology with local Cretan culture. All the rooms offer modern facilities and minimal decor. Featuring walk-in rainfall showers, high-tech facilities and sophisticated settings. The 626 All Day Lounge & City Garden is the ultimate place to enjoy a refined Mediterranean menu, creative cocktails and laid-back atmosphere.
For those seeking an ultimate beachside escape will enjoy the stunning long stretch beach of Ammoudara located approximately 1 km west of Heraklion. Awarded with the Blue Flag it is famous for its shallow waters, ideal for family holidays. The Creta Beach Hotel features rooms and bungalows overlooking the sea, surrounded by lush gardens. Guests may also indulge in a series of relaxing Spa treatments and exclusive daily packages. The resort also offers an all-Inclusive dining and activities package.
This traditional accommodation is an ideal holiday choice for wine lovers. Located 9 km away from Heraklion, in the village of Scalani the three modern residences offer magical views of the vineyards. Wine tours are also available for non-residence guests. For those who wish to opt for a full experience must try the delicious dishes prepared using local flavours and paired with a selection of wines from the Boutari Winery.
Cretan cuisine has been voted as one of the best in the world. Renowned for its well rounded, rich and flavourful dishes it is based on using fresh and raw ingredients, aromatic herbs and plenty of olive oil. In Heraklion you will find everything from traditional flavours, to haute cuisine, contemporary creations as well as fine-dining experiences. Here are some of the best places to eat in Heraklion.
This authentic Cretan restaurant has been ranked in the top 10 restaurants in Europe for “Restaurant & Bar Design Awards”. Located in tasteful surroundings on one of the cobblestone streets of Heraklion Town, Peskesi serves traditional food with a creative touch.
If you are craving fresh seafood and sushi dishes, you must try 7 Thalasses which has been rated as one of the top restaurants in Heraklion. Serving a gourmet Mediterranean and Greek menu which comprises mainly seafood and fish dishes. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating with a playground for children.
A typical taverna set on the seaside of Heraklion serving simple meze style dishes. There are several fish, meats and vegetable dishes at affordable prices. There are a few tables, some of which are located inside.
For a traditional home cooked Cretan meal, make sure to visit Merastri. Here you are guaranteed to savour real flavours in cozy surroundings. There are many vegetarian dishes available on the menu as well as outdoor seating in a beautiful garden, amidst the grape vines.
This Creative Bar Restaurant is an all day venue serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set on the picturesque square of Agios Titos it is a great place to enjoy weekend brunch and is also a perfect choice for casual dining.