Heraklion Summer Arts Festival – from June to September
Amoudara the city’s beach area; a three kilometer strip of sandy beach, lots of cafes, bars and hotels and the site of “Technopolis”, a modern multiplex cinema and open-air theatre.
Ammoudara beach (Sunbeds +, Restaurant +, Hotel +, exposed to wind:+), 5 km west of Heraklion. Long, sandy beach in an area with many hotels, both large and small. You will find areas with sunbeds, umbrellas and a lifeguard but there are also parts of the beach with no establishments. Cafes, restaurants and beach bars can be found along the beach. Easy transportation by public buses or taxi from Heraklion.
At the west end of the beach (take the right turn past the Dolphin Bay Hotel) there is a windsurfing school. A course lasts one week and it costs 90 Euro.
Horseback riding, experienced and amateur riders can ride at the beach of Karteros, or take riding lessons at Ippikos Omilos Hrakliou, located 6km east of Heraklion, in Karteros.
Rock Climbing, localers and visitors can climb on a 50 foot rock at the suburb of Karteros, east of Heraklion. Safety equipment is provided, but one can use his own gear too.
Water fun, at the nearby Water City and Aqua Plus water parks.
Tsikoudia (also called Rak) the local spirit. Although it is always served in restaurants for free after all meals, it is worth trying any of the dedicated to tsikoudia small bars (ΡακÜδικα – Rakadika)while listening to Cretan folk music.
Cretan wine. During the Venetian period of the island, the wine of the Malvasia variety from the greater region of Heraklion was one of the most expensive wines in Europe. Although today it has lost its glory, you can still find very nice wine varieties and local labels. Local varieties include the very dark red kotsifali and mandilari.