A laid-back resort just minutes from the frenzy of Heraklion, Kokkini Hani’s prime beachfront location has long made it a favourite weekend retreat for the locals from Crete’s capital. The low-key vibe here is perfect for those wanting to get away from it all and relax on their holiday, but it still offers plenty to see and do when the urge strikes you.
The rugged coastline forms itself into natural coves and hidden inlets for you to discover, giving you the chance to find your own private beach spot to swim and sunbathe.
Exploring the town, you can visit some of the fascinating archaeological ruins that still stand here, such as the fine old Venetian church. You’re also just a stone’s throw from the incredible Palace of Knossos, the famed labyrinthine home of the legendary Minotaur.
The chilled out ambience carries over into the nightlife in Kokkini too. There’s a great selection of traditional tavernas and sophisticated restaurants standing ready to charm you with authentic Greek cuisine alongside tasty international menus. Top the day off with a sunset stroll along the beach and a glass or two of delicious local wine at one of the chic bars lining the seafront.
For a holiday where you can truly unwind, the sun-kissed allure of Kokkini Hani is hard to beat.
Crete’s buzzing capital offers a complete change of pace from the easy-going atmosphere of Kokkini. Full to bursting with spellbinding archaeological gems, world-class museums and an exuberant party scene, Heraklion is a feast for the senses. Guarded by its 16th-century harbour fortress and incredible fortifying walls, this city is a definite must-see. Discover the architecture left behind by the Byzantines and Venetians, sitting alongside the towering mosques and minarets of the Ottoman Empire. To take a look even further back to the dawn of European civilisation, the renowned Archaeological Museum houses the largest and most important collection of Minoan artefacts in the world.
A refined, friendly mix of the old and the new, this once busy fishing village is now a popular and appealing tourist destination. It has retained all of its old town charms with a maze of narrow cobbled streets leading you between pretty mediaeval churches, grand Venetian mansions and out to the immense fortress. Also, home to more than ten miles of spectacular beaches, with a vibrant promenade crammed with bars, cafes and shops, Rethymnon has something for everyone.
If you came to Crete to party, you need to be in Malia! The undeniable centre of the island’s clubbing scene, Malia is a full-on, hard-core dance capital that hosts some of the biggest DJs every summer. The main street is packed with bars and clubs open 24-7, most with free entry so you can dip in and out as the mood takes you.
When the sun comes up, there’s five kilometres of golden beaches waiting to help you relax and prepare for the following night’s exertions.
Exploring Kokkini Hani…
A big hit with kids and adults alike, Water City Aquatic Park is a breathless mix of thrilling rides and slides, beautiful parklands and relaxing swimming pools. There’s something here to satisfy even the most fearless daredevil, from the gravity-defying Hydro tubes to the white knuckle Kamikaze ride. There are also plenty of gentler attractions for younger visitors. If you’re looking for a place to unwind, take a tranquil trip floating down the Lazy River.
One of Europe’s largest aquariums, the CretAquarium has a collection of more than 2,000 animals from 200 different sea life species on display. It showcases the huge diversity of creatures found in the Mediterranean Basin around the island. There are audio guides to let you explore at your own pace or you can take a tour with your own personal guide. There’s even the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and see what goes into caring for such a huge assortment of attractions.
Kokkini’s second beach
Kokkini owes its popularity to its two exquisite beaches that became favourites with residents of nearby Heraklion many years ago. The larger of the two, at Vathianos Kampos, is much loved by tourists, but a little further east lies the short stretch of golden sand preferred by locals for its quieter and more sheltered location. The water here is stunningly clear and ideal for snorkelling, and there’s a great range of sun loungers and umbrellas for hire.
Nutrient-rich soil and fertile seas give Crete everything it needs to produce one of the healthiest diets in the world. Packed with the freshest of fruits and vegetables and the purest olive oil, it’s no wonder Cretans have such a high life expectancy!
Dining in Crete is an event which involves the whole family, and you’ll find a warm welcome awaits you wherever you choose to eat. Looking to sample a traditional island delicacy? Look out for Chaniotiko Bouréki, a delicious summer dish of pumpkin, potatoes and myzíthra cheese baked in a pie.
Kokkini Hani restaurants
Originally a small fishing village, Kokkini Hani has a great range of seafood restaurants for you to try out. The waters around the island are teeming with beautifully tender squid and octopus, and the meaty grouper makes an appearance in many of the dishes here too. If you’re not a fan of fish dishes, there’s plenty to appeal to all tastes among the town’s 30 eateries and bars, including a wide selection of international options.
The easy going pace of Kokkini Hani makes it the ideal destination for holidaymakers looking for an excuse to chill out and watch the world go by. Just a few minutes from the capital Heraklion, it’s quick to get to and makes a great base from which to explore more of Crete’s wonderful sights.
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