Car Hire Heraklion Airport

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Heraklion International Airport is the main airport on Crete and after Athens airport is the second busiest in Greece. The airport is a short journey from the centre of Heraklion and has been in operation in one way or another since 1939 the airport was most recently updated in 1972 when a newer, longer runway was introduced along with an update of passenger facilities

Your booking confirmation will give you details of when and where to collect your hire car. The airport arrivals area is a great place for car rental Heraklion, the arrivals desks are easy to find and the pick up should be quick and effecient. Your Heraklion car rental will often have a road map and list of tourist destinations to help you make the most of your rental car.

About Heraklion Airport

The airport has limited passenger facilities which include cafes offering light foods and coffees, shops and duty free outlets, an ATM and bank. There is a post office, a currency exchange booth, a pharmacy and facilities for the disabled. Passengers can also have use of a VIP Lounge.

Tourist Info

Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of the island of Crete it is a popular tourist destination and is close to one of the islands most famous tourist attractions Knossos. Knossos is the ruins of a palace from the early Minoan civilisation. The city of Heraklion as we know it today was first established back in 824 AD but was once the stronghold of Saracens who sanctioned it as a safe haven for pirates operating in the Aegean. The city was the property of the Venetians at one point, who built large fortifications, some of which are still visible today and include a fortress in the harbour, Heraklion became part of the Kingdom of Greece in 1913.

The city has approximately 155,000 residents and the tourists who flock to the Greek island can enjoy a beautiful coastline as well as some interesting historical monuments and museums. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the location for the most important artefacts discovered from the Minoan civilisation excavations; it is a large two storey building in the centre of the city. Many visitors find it beneficial to visit the museum before they visit the palace at Knossos.

There are also some interesting churches including St. Titus' Cathedral which has been renovated several times, once after an earthquake now houses the skull of St Titus since 1956. Another religious building of note is St. Mark's Basilica which now holds the Municipal Art Gallery. The building dates back to 1239 and was once the Cathedral of Crete. Liondaria is one of the main meeting places for tourists and locals, also known as the Morosini Fountain it is decorated with figures of Greek mythology and was commissioned to commemorate the introduction of water to the island by the Venetians.

All Greek islands have a market place where tourists can soak up the local atmosphere, history and cuisine. On Crete the Market Street is where the locals shop for fish and fresh meat, cheese and herbs. There is also a fish market where you can find small cafes selling seafood dishes to enjoy.

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