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Nearby excursions from Heraklion, Crete that you should not miss

By Hellas Car 19 May 2020

Heraklion is a beautiful city and capital of Crete that has a substantial historical, archaeological, cultural and gastronomic interest. You will spend enough time exploring it through its alleys. However, there are some destinations a few kilometres outside the city that are not only worth it, but you must visit during your stay on the island. You don’t have to worry about how to get there as with a quick and easy booking for car rental from Hellascar you will solve your problem. Our advice is to rent a car from the first day of arrival on the island as Crete is excellent and has a lot to see and do. Through Hellascar you can be served directly from Heraklion Airport or the port, as long as you make your reservation in time.

So some ideas for short excursions from Heraklion are the following:

The Rouva Forest

In the prefecture of Heraklion on the southeast side of Psiloritis is a forest ecosystem of rare beauty with rich flora and fauna that you should see if you are a nature lover.


It is a charming tourist village just 30 km west of Heraklion. It has a stunning beach and, based on the claims of several residents of the island, is the place where the famous painter Dominikos Theotokopoulos was born, known worldwide as El Greco. At the Museum of Dominic Theotokopoulos, you will be able to see copies of well-known works of the great artist. We highly recommend it, especially for art lovers.

The Archanes

It is a traditional settlement with restored houses with awards given by the European Union. It is a lively place all year round with many choices of tourist accommodation and great archaeological interest.

Agia Pelagia

It is 18 km from Heraklion and located in a closed bay and has experienced excellent tourist boom in recent years. It has spacious and luxurious hotel units, restaurants for all tastes and intense nightlife.


A special place that owes its glamour to the famous “children of flowers”. The hippies of the 1960s made Matala known worldwide as the ultimate destination for relaxation and entertainment.

As you can see in just a few hours from Heraklion with your cheap rental car from Hellascar, you can get to know beautiful places, meet hospitable people and collect images and experiences that will accompany you forever.

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