The Most Incredible Things to Do in Heraklion at Night!

Best things to do in Heraklion at Night

Heraklion’s bright nightlife is well-known all around Greece. As the capital of the country’s biggest island, Heraklion offers many choices…from the hottest nightclubs and bars to the most romantic settings for dining out. Check out this list of the best things to do in Heraklion at night and choose what you’ll do next!


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Best things to do in Heraklion at night (Crete)

Essentials for your Adventures in Crete!

Getting to Crete: Nothing like sailing from one island to the other. Check Ferryhopper to book your ferry tickets in advance.

Where to stay on the island: It’s always wise to compare, check both Booking.com and Hotels.com for the best accommodation deals.

Top-rated tours in Crete: If you’re a fan of our beaches, then don’t miss this Cruise to Balos or a Day Trip to Elafonisi. If you came to the island seeking adventure, then hike the Samaria Gorge. Finally, for those interested in Crete’s past and history, don’t miss a visit to Knossos Palace.

Want to see Crete better? Explore it on wheels! Personally, I use Discover Cars to go where my old jalopy won’t take me.

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Always have with you: A daypack for excursions, the Lonely Planet Guide, or my West Crete digital guide!

Where to Stay in Heraklion

If you’re coming to Heraklion to enjoy the best restaurants in town, the museums, and the thrilling lifestyle of the capital, the best thing to do is to book a place in the center, this way, it’ll be easy to walk everywhere without stressing about transport.

These are some of the places to stay in Heraklion that I recommend, prices for a small budget range between €20 for a bed in a shared room in a hostel to €45 for a small apartment. Mid-range hotels range from €50 to €80 per night. Upscale accommodation can be booked for more than €100 a night. I’ve also written a complete guide to the best hotels in Heraklion as well as a guide to the best holiday homes in Heraklion.

Small budget: You can spend the night in Heraklion without breaking the bank. When the budget is tight, I recommend either So Young Hostel or SunCity Apartments.

Mid-range accommodation: Spend a little more and enjoy the suites and the pool in Capsis Astoria Heraklion or Kastro Hotel.

Boutique places: For a more luxurious stay, check the beautiful premises of Galaxy Iraklio Hotel or go full eco in Olive Green Hotel.

Don’t get lost in Heraklion! Use this map to book!

What to Do in Heraklion, Crete at Night

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The Venetian Fortress, Heraklion.

If you’re coming to Heraklion to enjoy the best restaurants in town, the museums, and the thrilling lifestyle of the capital, the best thing to do is to book a place in the center, this way, it’ll be easy to walk everywhere without stressing about transport.

These are some of the places to stay in Heraklion that I recommend, prices for a small budget range between €20 for a bed in a shared room in a hostel to €45 for a small apartment. Mid-range hotels range from €50 to €80 per night. Upscale accommodation can be booked for more than €100 a night. I’ve also written a complete guide to the best hotels in Heraklion as well as a guide to the best holiday homes in Heraklion.

Small budget: You can spend the night in Heraklion without breaking the bank. When the budget is tight, I recommend either So Young Hostelor SunCity Apartments.

Mid-range accommodation: Spend a little more and enjoy the suites and the pool in Capsis Astoria Heraklion or Kastro Hotel.

Boutique places: For a more luxurious stay, check the beautiful premises of Galaxy Iraklio Hotel or go full eco in Olive Green Hotel.

General Info About Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion, the capital of Crete, is a huge city with a plethora of things to do at all hours. It’s home to some of the most important landmarks of the island, including the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Knossos Palace, and the legendary Matala Beach

There are many reasons why the region of Heraklion is a unique destination for a summer vacation. It’s a place loved by young crowds, family travelers, and couples alike. As a result, nights in the area are exciting and full of things to do!

When is the Best Time to Visit Heraklion

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The Center of Town.

As with the rest of the island, summer is the best time to discover Heraklion. There are hundreds of seaside resorts with impressively beautiful beaches for you to discover, no matter what coast you choose.

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However, it is also possible to visit off-season, when the weather can still be pleasant (although the sea might be cold for long swims) and there are fewer visitors.

The island is genuinely at its best in the shoulder season.

Spring and fall are great times to enjoy walks in nature, hikes, visits to archaeological sites and museums, and even picnics on the beach.

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The Venetian Walls and the Arsenals, Heraklion.

The city is also home to many different educational institutions, including the well-known University of Crete, making it an ideal place for young people to have fun and make new friends.

All in all, Heraklion is a top destination if you intend to visit Crete to enjoy yourself.

Top Things to Do in Heraklion at Night

After the sun has set, a different side of Heraklion comes to life. With so many great things to do at night, get ready to have a truly unique and enjoyable night-time experience…

Do Some City Walking

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Cozy coffee place in Heraklion.

Don’t rush to pop into the bars. Instead, enjoy a pleasant evening walk and rediscover the city. Start from the main square, Plateia Eleftherias – a bustling place known as the main meeting point in Heraklion. Here you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants, as well as live bands performing international and traditional music.

Keep going until you find the famous Liontaria, the Lions Fountain, which is beautifully illuminated every evening. Around the fountain area, you will find many lovely bars and tavernas, welcoming guests to spend a pleasant evening.  

Liontaria at night, Heraklion (Source: C messier, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

You can stop here for a while, then continue on until you reach the Church of Agios Titos. Keep going and pass by the Venetian Loggia, a historical building now functioning as the city hall. 

There is a wide square between the Loggia and the church of Agios Titos. It’s a favorite place for locals to gather in the evenings to share a cold coffee to go and a chat. 

Continue with your walk towards the sea and you will reach the Marina. Stop for a while to admire the view over the gorgeous Rocca a Mare Fortress, which is even more stunning at night with its strategic lighting.

The nocturnal image of the fortress is something you don’t want to miss, especially if you’re looking for that one memorable photo. 

For more unforgettable pictures, move on to the Fortress and marvel at the Marina and the remains of the domed Arsenals. Once there, you can’t miss the weird-looking Lighthouse. Did you get there a bit early? Don’t worry! This promenade is especially beautiful during sunset. 

Heraklion, the Marina.

After the sun has gone down, the city lights illuminate the Marina and are reflected in the calm waters of the harbor… isn’t it magical?

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Keep in mind that Heraklion is home to some of the best bars on the island, check them here

Good Food, Good Mood

What to do in Heraklion Crete at night
Go for good food!

Don’t want to start your night adventure on an empty stomach? Then check out Heraklion’s best of the best restaurants and tavernas. Places like Plateia Eleftherias and Liontaria showcase plenty of choices, both for traditional Greek cuisine and international gastronomy. 

If you are searching for a more authentic experience, then I suggest discovering the narrow streets around Liontaria Square where you will find small tavernas with homemade food and several rakadika (a small traditional venue where you can taste Cretan raki and taste local finger food – mezedes).

Very often, tavernas and restaurants have live music, ranging from Jazz to old and modern Greek tunes. They sometimes also organize the so-called Greek nights. 

During these evenings, these small restaurants treat their guests to signature Cretan dishes, like delicious, and super tender, grilled free-range lamb. Such evenings are usually accompanied by live music, featuring Cretan lyra players and oftentimes, by professional dancers, too.

Things to do in Heraklion at night
There’s plenty of choice when dining out in Heraklion.

If you wish to treat yourself to fresh seafood, then follow my advice and visit one of the tavernas right by the sea…and they will gladly (and tastefully) see to your seafood craving.

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Freshly caught fish and mussels cooked the Greek way promise a delicious start to a great evening. Don’t forget to add a bottle of specially selected Cretan wine to enhance the atmosphere. My favorite to accompany fish? A good local Vilana.

Sip Happens…

Things to do in Heraklion at night
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If you are looking for a great bar to spend the evening in, then Heraklion has a lot to offer. Check Milatou street for some of the best night bars in the city. 

From famous speakeasy bars with signature cocktails to elegant wine bars where you can taste the best Greek and Cretan labels…follow the narrow and picturesque streets around Agios Titos Church where some outstanding bars are hidden.

And don’t forget to look up!

Another great location to explore in the evening is Theotokopoulos Park. Here you will find great beer pubs. 

For a more romantic setting head to the seaside road Leoforos Sofokli Venizelou, where you will find great spots to sip your drink with a perfect view over the sea.

It’s a great idea to come here before sunset, as the picture of the sun drowning in the sea just in front of you will add a touch of unforgettable magic to your night.

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Keep Calm and Party On

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The beautiful views of Heraklion.

Nightclubs in Heraklion drag people from all around the globe, offering up an amazing party time. Huge dance floors, outstanding DJs playing international and Greek hits, and all-night-long events are part of Heraklion’s nightlife.

The narrow alleys in the old part of town hide several nightclubs. Tired of just dancing? Then try something new, like foam, glowing, or bubble parties 

Even though Heraklion has a lot on offer, there’s nothing like heading to Hersonissos and Malia for the younger crowd. These two seaside towns are about 30 km away from Heraklion. Both of them are home to the hottest spots for the best partying experience. 

In Hersonissos, nightlife is focused along the street that faces the sea, where it’ll be hard to choose just one among the many nightclubs and beach bars that organize insane parties every day.

Malia Strip.

The 2 km Malia Strip is the all-in-one street in Malia Town full of bars and clubs. From a classic dining experience to the craziest parties, it offers everything to be found and done in Malia.

Crash the dance floor or hit the sand: either way, an awesome party time until early in the morning is guaranteed in Heraklion and the nearby seaside towns.

Cretan Folklore Nights in Anopolis

Cretan nights…

You can have an exceptional adventure in the small village of Anopolis, 17 km outside Heraklion. The Cretan Folklore Night is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn about Greek and Cretan myths in the form of a performance with live traditional music and great dancers. 

Learn about ancient legends and myths, discover the history of the Olympian Games, witness authentic dances, and admire great theatrical performances. You will also savor traditional Greek food and local wine. 

Have fun in a bouzoukia just as the Greeks do. Learn how to dance and see how Cretans party! The show is usually three hours long and starts at about 7.30 pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the performance.

(Courtesy: Anopolis Cretan Nights).

If you worry about how to get to the village, worry not! The organizers offer comfortable return-trip transfers from any selected point in town. So relax and enjoy some authentic Cretan fun!

Useful tip: You can directly book with the Anopolis Cretan Nights for a better price. And if you book online you will get a 15% discount!

Heraklion Summer Arts Festival

Heraklion Summer Arts Festival is held from June until the end of September and is a perfect opportunity to get familiar with the different Cretan artists and art forms. 

The program is very diverse. Theatre performances, dancing, musical concerts, open-air cinemas, artists painting directly in front of you, open-air workshops of all kinds… the choice is unlimited.

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The events are held until quite late in the evening almost every day, so you won’t get bored. And the best part is that many events have free entrance! 

Just check the program, choose what you are in the mood for, and enjoy the festival!

Check the official site of Heraklion’s Municipality for more details.

Night Diving in Heraklion

You can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the underwater world of Crete is!

During the daytime, you can see everything through the crystal-clear waters of the sea. But what about night diving? This is a completely different experience!

If you are a fan of diving and you want to try something special, check out this night diving experience with StayWet Dive Club at Mononaftis beach. Mononaftis is a stunning beach 20 km from Heraklion town, making the trip out there is really worth it. Plus, they can organize your transfer, so no worries!

All you need to do is to marvel at the wonders of the deep. Meet the night habitats of the Cretan Sea, discover the seabed under the diving lights, and who knows, maybe even find a treasure!

Relax. Refresh. Recharge

Nights in Heraklion: What are the best things to do?

If you come to Heraklion for peace and relaxation, then the perfect thing to do at night is to take a walk along the beachfront.

There is a comfortable pedestrian path with breathtaking views. It’s a good idea to start from the Natural History Museum of Crete and head west. Nothing is as relaxing as a fresh evening breeze after a hot summer day!

After walking some distance, you will find yourself at Karavolas Park, a popular place among locals to gather in the evenings. It has a wide skating area as well as a huge children’s playground.

Karavolas Park.

But the jewel of the park is its fountain. Beautifully lit and colorful in the dark. There are also several good bars and restaurants not far from the park, in case you want to continue your evening savoring some Greek cuisine or a signature cocktail.

Heraklion is a city full of diversity. So, whether day or night, you will find many interesting things to do and events to participate in. Wander around and discover the city on your own, or ask locals for advice. Either way, Heraklion is full of endless surprises!


Have you ever experienced nightlife in Heraklion?
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Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

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Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

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When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I personally use Booking.com. Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

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Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and drunk more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.


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