In order to be able to rent a car in Crete and Heraklion right from the start, it is worthwhile to compare prices on the Internet in advance and find a cheap rental car there. It is also important to find the right car rental company, either at the airport or in the city. Especially in the larger metropolises of Greece there are many car rental companies that can differ greatly in their weekly and daily prices. Therefore, a price comparison on Driveboo and booking before the holiday is a great help to find a cheap rental car on the spot. It is also more relaxed for every traveler if the booked car is provided directly at the airport, you only have to get in and go to your accommodation. Many types of rental cars are available for Heraklion when booking here, whether at the airport or in the city. So the family with children can fall back on a spacious SUV, singles or couples can drive with a manoeuvrable small car quite well. In this way, the holiday starts with the arrival at the airport just a few kilometres outside of Heraklion and the desired relaxation with the rental car
Heraklion in winter
Explore Heraklion by rental car
Especially if an accommodation has been booked a little outside the bustling metropolis, the traveler quickly returns to the bustling city centre with his rental car. As the largest landmark of Heraklion, "Koules" is the Venetian harbour fortress. It was built in the 16th century and has been enthroned above the harbour of the old town of Heraklion ever since. In summer, the holidaymaker can take part in concerts and open-air events here in the evenings, which can be easily reached by rental car. From here you can also quickly reach the Venetian city wall, which nestles around the old town. After a stroll, the taverns invite you with their typical dishes and meals. As an aperitif the Greeks like to treat themselves to a "raki", the national drink here on Crete. In contrast to the rest of Greece, where people like to drink Ouzo, this aniseed schnapps is called Raki and should only be enjoyed diluted with water. After such a refreshment you are then ready for further sightseeing and the many museums of the city. So it is essential to book a rental car to capture Heraklion and its surroundings
In addition to the harbour fortress Koules, the Venetian port of Heraklion must not be forgotten. You can reach the port quickly and comfortably by rental car. But between these handsome boats there are always the small, indigenous fishing boats. Holidaymakers who are self-catering in a holiday apartment should not miss the opportunity to buy freshly caught fish directly from the fishing boat in the harbour. Since the rental car is ideally parked in one of the central car parks during a visit to the metropolis, the route continues on foot along the old city wall to the old town of Heraklion. In a triangle, it stretches for five kilometres around the city, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Heraklion and the old houses and squares from all points.
Car hires Heraklion - Explore the beaches and surroundings
The roads around Heraklion are easy to drive to the smaller villages and beaches. But with a rented SUV in Heraklion you can also drive on the small roads that have not yet been removed and paved. In this way, the traveller can also reach remote places that are otherwise only reached by a few other tourists. Crete and thus also the area around Heraklion is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and the azure blue sea. A beach, well visited by young Cretans in particular, is located about 7 km east of the capital. In addition to sun loungers and umbrellas, there are also toilets and showers for the holidaymakers. There is also ample parking for the rental cars. Many modern cafés line the promenade here, the ideal place if you like it alive. A bit further away is the beach of Amnissos. This is also a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, especially because of the water sports that are offered here during the season.
Stunning seascape view at Amnissos beach in Crete, Greece
Explore the many museums of Heraklion by rental car
Anyone who is also interested in Greece's history should take the time to visit the many museums in Heraklion with a rental car. These include the Natural History Museum, especially for families with children. The Archaeological Museum as well as the Historical Museum should be visited by those interested in history. Each of the museums is easily accessible by rental car, either from your hotel or rental car and offers the viewer a completely different viewpoint. The Historical Museum offers an insight into the folk art of the island's inhabitants and, above all, recent history. On the other hand, the Natural History Museum shows stuffed animals that live in the countryside in Greece and Crete. Rooms for exploring offer children an unforgettable excursion into the nature of Crete. The archaeological museum, on the other hand, displays unique exhibits, especially the finds found around Knossos Palace dating back to 3000 BC. have been found. These include items from everyday life to statues of gods and remarkable gold jewellery.