Heraklion sits between the provinces of Rethymno and Lassithi. As it has been mentioned before its capital is the town of Heraklion. This part of the island attracts visitors by its numerous beaches and historical monuments. A fertile valley occupies the central and northern parts of the province while the rest is dominated by the mountains.

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Beaches of Iraklion
Heraklion is famous for many well organized beaches with soft sand and crystal clear water.

Amoudara is about 5 km off the capital city of the island. This sandy beach with developed infrastructure seems to be perfect for families with children.

Matala is another popular well-organized sandy beach.

Komos, a big beach with gray sand and a picturesque landscape on the background, is not far from Matala.

Agia Pelagia is a lovely beach located 20 km west from Iraklion. It is thought to be one of the best beaches of the island’s northern coast.

Hersonissos is the resort of several different sand beaches some of which provide water sports facilities. Children will most certainly like the local aquarium. Hersonissos is a lively place with many bars, discos and clubs.

Malia resort is located 34 km West of Heraklion. It mostly favoured by young guests and those who prefer party-like holidays. Endless beach, lots of bars, cafés, and taverns like a magnet attract visitors from all corners of the world, especially from Great Britain.

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