Holidays to Kalo Horio
This traditional Cretan village is set on the hillside above its coastal counterpart, Istron. The village boasts peace and quiet, with fantastic tavernas and panoramic vistas over the beautiful coastline. You're around 30 minutes from Crete's capital Heraklion, if you're looking for a livelier day or night out.
This sandy stretch boasts golden sands and crystal clear, warm water. It's a steep walk down from the cliffs.
Agios Panteleimonas beach
Locals flock to this beach, but it's slightly off the tourist trail, so it's never too crowded, even in peak season.
Palace of Knossos
Just south of Heraklion, you'll find out plenty about the ancient Minoan history at this impressive palace.
Explore this formidable fortress, built during the country's Venetian rule in the early 16th Century.
Aqua Park Plus Premier
Enjoy the lazy river and numerous pools or try the wide range of daredevil slides and rides at this popular waterpark.
Sail around the coast
The best way to really explore the beautiful coastline is to jump on a yacht, discovering hidden coves along the way.
Visit the tavernas
Sample real Cretan food in the many tavernas in the town. If you want authentic cuisine, this is where to go.
Try the Cretan stews
For a hearty, filling meal, try the traditional arni me aginaris stew - lamb with artichokes. It's a real delicacy.
For a relaxing night out, head to Istron and sample the variety of bars, some of which play live music.
Café Puerto Bar
This popular haunt in nearby Agios Nikolaos is open until the early hours, playing music and serving cocktails.
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