Herkalion is the largest city on the Greek island of Crete. Other than its old port area with a 16th century fortress and a venetian palace, it may look like an industrial city with no interest, but it hides a lot of cultural attractions ( such as the enormous Archeological or the battle of crete museum) and has a great food scene.

The city is very safe, the main dangers are traffic, stray dogs and jellyfish if you go swimming. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.


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Historical Center and Port

Heraklion is a small city, with a hot mediterranean climate. The city center lies around the port and its 15th century venetian Fortress, the Koules. Some pickpockets have been reported in this area, as well as in transportation hubs (ferries boarding hull and airport).

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Heraklion is a very safe city. With a rating of 75% Greece, is ranked 39th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.


There is some pickpocket-related risk in Heraklion. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Heraklion is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are virtually no scammers in Heraklion. Still, be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.


There might be some risk while taking public transport in Greece, and fake taxis can  be an issue sometimes.


There can be some rare natural hazards (earthquakes) in Greece.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Heraklion is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.


Heraklion is mostly safe for women travelling in the city, although some rare sexual harassment has been reported to the US embassy.


Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Greeceand most of Europe is the Euro. There are some withdrawal restrictions on the amount of euros you can withdraw per day (around €600). It is a cheap country compared to other European peers, with a per day budget averaging 60-80€.
The weather in Greece is mild during Autumn and Spring, cold in Winter and Sunny in Summer. The best time to visit is around summer (May-September), with July and August being extremely crowded; although major cities can be visited year-long.
The main international airports are in Athens, Korfu, Heraklion and Rhodes If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page