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Basic info and car hire in Heraklion (Crete Island)

  • Location: North of the Crete Island
  • Population: 200,000 (2011)
  • Official language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro (€).
  • Weather: Subtropical-Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. Minimum degrees are from 12 in the winter and jump up to over 30 in the summer. Rainfalls are scarce with summer breeze providing a common relief from the heat.
  • Public holidays in Heraklion: For public holidays in Heraklion click here »
  • Internet coverage: You will find free wi-fi access in these cafes and you are able to access the city’s free network here »
  • Road conditions: The roads are relatively well maintained and signalised. A quality map with a scale of at least 1:200.000 will also be very helpful when getting around with your car hire. 

About Heraklion (Crete Island)

A city, port, commercial centre, historical place, scientific centre, Heraklion has a crucial role in Greece and executes it splendidly. With around 200,000 people it attracts more and more tourists every year and makes them feel just like at home. The illustrious images from the past - the city has a Venetian and Ottoman history - still lingers so splendidly among the old city walls, in the museums, and creates a unique ambience. It is a city with good road infrastructure, Heraklion airport is just a short drive away, and car hire in Heraklion is the way to get around. This is simply because you want the freedom to move around the city but also discover more of the Crete island, have daily trips or even a road trip around this wondrous landscapes.

Driving in Heraklion (Crete Island)

The roads vary from well-maintained on the highways and major cities like Heraklion, to narrow and scattered with gravel, the more rural your destination gets. No need to panic, a careful and skilled driver will get around just fine. The city itself may be chaotic for beginners as the locals tend to drive around callously and the city having narrow and one-way road systems.

  • Age limits: minimum driving age is 18, however additional fees apply for young drivers younger than 25 years
  • International Driving Permit: is required only if your national permit is in non-latin alphabet
  • Additional papers: a passport, ID and any other vital document recommended by the specific car hire agency
  • Additional requirements: A warning triangle and a reflective vest.
  • Children in the car: Children of less than 13 years must be seated in the car hire with an appropriate child od baby seat – choose the best option at the time of the booking of the car.
  • Driving side of the road: Right.
  • Lights: It is only needed to use the light during night time.
  • Towns and cities: 50 Km/h for cars
  • Outside towns: be attentive, though limit is usually 90 Km/h or 110 Km/h
  • Motorways: the common 120 Km/h
  • Parking suggestions: There are few municipal parking areas here, otherwise you will notice smaller Parking areas signalised throughout the city that you can make use of.

Drive your rental car around Heraklion (Crete Island)

Scuba diving in Greece is as popular as always and why not try something new with experts on your side. The Kalypso Dive Center & School will teach you, provide you with the quality equipment and make sure you will fully enjoy your underwater experience. They are located in many locations around the island and you can drive up to the closest with your hired vehicle.

The hilly and even mountainous landscapes are just calling for your attention. What caught or eye instantly is the impressive Agiofarago Canyon. Sculpted by the two nearby streams, close to the Odigitria Monastery and just above the Agiofarago beach, it offers nature, calmness and scenic views over the gorge.

Discover the Labyrinth Cave by the Moroni village. Though closed for safety reasons a small part of it can be accessed from the north side of the Hill. The cave was an ammunition storage during the Second World War and still serves as an inspiration to all sorts of artists. It has manmade galleries and Roman pots showing its ancient past.

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