In recent years, tourism on Crete has led to a demand for beach hotels outside of the cities, but Iraklion still offers a range of hotels. Reservations are a must in high season.

Inside the City -- Our search for a good hotel tries hard to feature the criterion of "quiet." Iraklion lies under the flight patterns of many planes and the occasional Greek Air Force jet fighter. The noise factor probably adds up to less than 40 minutes every 24 hours, so the sounds of scooters and motorcycles at night will probably be more annoying. The city plans to build a new airport far inland, but it will take some years for this to happen. Meanwhile, closed windows and air-conditioning promise the best defenses.

Outside the City -- Assuming you want to be fairly close to Iraklion, stay on the coast, if you want to avoid city noise. Although the hotels listed here can be reached by public bus, a car or taxi will save you valuable time.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.