Seven kilometers from the airport of Heraklion is a small resort village of Karteros. By and large, it can be ranked as one of the suburban areas of the capital of Crete. Here it is profitable to stay on vacation for several reasons. First, close to the main tourist infrastructure of the island. Secondly, relatively low prices for accommodation compared to other resorts on the coast. Thirdly, Karteros hotels are basically comfortable apartments that can be rented for any period of stay.
Attractions near Karteros
The capital’s museums, cultural monuments and unique objects can be visited at any time using the services of excursion bureaus. Many of them can be visited independently. The bus from Heraklion to Karteros runs regularly. Hotels usually assist in arranging a transfer or renting a car. Free parking is available on their territories. You can also walk around the village and get acquainted with its sights:
- Church of St. Photinia – a small snow-white temple is located on a hill, from where panoramic views of the surrounding area open. It is active and is the main one in the local territory;
- cave Eitithia – is located in the city and is recognized as a natural monument. This is an unequiped object, so you need to stock up on a flashlight and comfortable shoes;
- The Church of Saints John and Nikon is a cave temple with an overbuilt belfry. The place is very picturesque, so the newlyweds often choose it for weddings and photo shoots.
Not far from the coast (physically prepared people can swim on their own) is the uninhabited island of Monohoraco. It attracts the attention of fans of extreme sports. Going to it, it is worth remembering that the shores are rocky, there are many sharp stones in which sea urtics live. It is advisable to swim in rubber shoes and with special equipment.
Another feature of Karteras is a 3-kilometer beach strip. The coating is sandy, the entrance is gentle. Absolutely all beaches are suitable for families with children. Despite the open space, there are practically no storms here. The waves are constant, but they do not cause much inconvenience. The central beach of the village is an example of comfort and hospitality, although he never received the Blue Flag for cleanliness. Countless bars and taverns are open along the coast. You can stay on vacation in the following hotels.
The complex of apartments and apartments offers accommodation in comfortable comfortable living quarters with daily payment. The area of the rooms is ergonomically divided into several zones: hallway, kitchen, dining section, lounge and bedroom. This suite features a lounge with a fireplace. The kitchen is equipped with an oven with hob, toaster, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes. The owner has already taken care of some of the ingredients of cooking – oil, salt, sugar, seasonings.
On the upper floors there are balconies, on the first floor – small terraces in front of the entrance. In the courtyard there is a swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas around the perimeter. The summer kitchen with a bar counter, comfortable tables and chairs in the evening gathers guests to watch and discuss a sports match or a movie together. The florida Restaurant&Bar is 200 metres away and serves international cuisine.
The Family Room is a great choice for a group of friends or vacationers with children. The territory is decorated with a garden. Housing is attractive for people who come by car, as they can take advantage of the free parking service. Wi-Fi access is available. The staff speaks Greek and English only. The beach is 700 metres away.
“There is no better place in Karteros! The kind host kept our bags when we arrived early. Throughout the entire period of residence, I was constantly wondering if we needed anything. He showed his hospitality at the highest level. The apartment is clean, new, with good appliances and plumbing» Tracy, Finland
This apartment is chosen by lovers of diving and water sports, and also like to stay families with children. The owners have provided all the requirements of unpretentious travelers. As a result, they are provided: 13 soundproof rooms with all amenities, luggage storage, separate smoking area, snack bar, car rental.
For children there is a large modern playground, a mini-club is open. The beach is located a few meters from the residential building. It has a water recreation center. The diving center provides everything you need for scuba diving enthusiasts. Surface sports activists canoe boat trips are held. Here you can always find a guide for hiking in the local natural attractions. In the evening, you can gather with the company of neighbors and share the latest news by the pool in the cozy courtyard of the hotel.
“Long looking for hotels where you can come with a dog. ” Anemos” turned out to be a real savior. The staff was extremely hospitable, although not hasty in terms of providing services. But all this was compensated by the beach, which is literally 100 meters away, a good bistro, the presence of its own kitchen. If you do not strain constantly flying planes, then you can safely stop here” Irina
In the heart of the Karteros district, 400 meters from the beach, guests of Crete receive a complex of apartments “Nancy – Chara”. The territory resembles a Greek courtyard. It is well-groomed, plants are planted everywhere, flower beds are broken. Pleasant landscape design complements the pool and stone walls, as in a medieval fortress. A small Orthodox chapel was built in the garden. In the architecture and interiors of the hotel there are many references to the culture of the Minoan era. 14 comfortable apartments have been prepared to accommodate guests. Each of them is divided into a kitchen and a sleeping area. In the morning, all guests are offered a Swedish breakfast. For those who do not want to cook on their own, there is a lounge bar on site, and one of the best taverns of the village “Antikristo” is 300 meters away. Staff will assist in renting a car or motorcycle, tell you how best to get to the sights.
“Very good hosts, help with transfer, advise on where to go and how to get to this or that place. Without a car, there is nothing to do here. The beach is good, but on the coast there are more comfortable. Near the Palace of Knossos, Aquarium, Aquapark, Cave of Zeus. Crete is an amazing source of information about the history of civilization. A trip to its sights will expand your horizons and help you better understand who we are and where we come from. That’s what I always tell my kids. Well, to return for the night in “Nancy – Chara”, you can like to your home” Valery
The guest house of 6 rooms,although it does not have stars, but claims to receive them soon. The owners took care of a very high level of comfort of living. There are only junior suites and suites, including presidential and executive. Each room has a kitchen. Barbecue lovers will find a summer playground with a stone stove, a brazier and a full set of accessories. The wellness area consists of three outdoor pools – an adult deep, children’s shallow and geyser-like jacuzzi. Private saunas are available in almost all rooms. Since the villa is located near the airport, its frequent guests are business people who want to spend a business trip in a relaxed atmosphere. Not all businessmen like noisy hotels. Here, the caring owner took care of the comfortable sleep of his guests, installing a sound insulation system. In addition, all furniture, pillows, bed linen and towels are made of hypoallergenic materials. Parking is free.
“Lovely service, quiet and great space for privacy. Amused the interior of the room, but the nuances of connecting incongruous styles became even more comfortable. The owner is well done, everything was foreseen and built a villa in a suitable place” Austeja, UK
This three-star hotel is located just at the crossroads of highways, so it can be considered a kind of visiting card of Karteros. The fund has 55 rooms – one, two, three and four. The staff speaks Greek, English, German and Russian. Tourists from these countries are the most frequent visitors to the resorts of Crete. Trees are planted on site, there is a swimming pool, barbecue parties are held in the evenings. The beach is 250 metres away. In the morning, a buffet breakfast is served. Lunch and dinner are available upon request. The cuisine specialises in Mediterranean dishes, which are high in fish and other underwater delicacies. There is a bus stop nearby, but you can book a car for rent at the reception around the clock at any time. Pets are allowed and there is no charge for their accommodation.
“The roadside hotel is perfect for tourist travelers. A lot of guests live here for one or two days before further travel to Crete or before flying home. To the airport drive 10-15 minutes. Near Heraklion with its metropolitan entertainment. There is a transport fork right next to the hotel. It is enough to go outside the gate and choose the direction of travel. Living conditions are good, breakfast is served, there is a good bar” Maxim
200 meters from Amnissos Beach and 100 meters from the Minoan port of Amnis/House of Lilies are homely apartments “Cielo mini suita”. There is a quiet courtyard with a garden. Heraklion Airport can be reached in 5 minutes by car. Watercity Waterpark is a short drive away. The fund consists of apartments with a bedroom, a living room and a kitchen.
“Apartments from scratch, everything is new, clean, modern. The kitchen is very well equipped. The bathroom comes with a washing machine. We don’t really like hotels, so for us the apartments, also with such good conditions, were a real find. Recommend the place and owners» Angelina
On the highway on the way to the airport there are private apartments “Ariadni”. A cozy closed courtyard is tiled, green lawns fit perfectly into the landscape. The architectural solution uses motifs of ancient Greek cities. The whole territory resembles a settlement with narrow streets and secluded corners. Apartments on the second floor with balconies, in front of the entrance to the apartments of the first floor there are small terraces with a seating area. The roadside hotel accepts travelers, holidaymakers returning from vacation. Here you can spend the night before flying home in comfortable conditions. It offers 10 apartments with automatic air conditioning and TV. Each apartment has an equipped kitchen. In the yard there is an area for cooking on coals.
“Everyone who is vacationing in Crete, you need to take on the sign of this hotel. Prices for accommodation are low. While we waited for our plane, we enjoyed spending the evening and night here, frying kebabs, relaxing in the sun loungers. There were no problems with check-in, but it is better to call in advance and book a room” Alexander
Hotels in Karteros are suitable for those who are looking for a holiday close to home conditions. Here, practically, as in the country. Convenience is the compactness of the area. Shops are within walking distance, the beach is also not far away. If you run out of patience on the plane and really want to go to sea, then Karteros is the best place to start the swimming season.