Holidays to Kokkini Hani serve up a soft sandy beach that’s great for both paddling and windsurfing. And for shopping and a spot of history, the Crete capital Heraklion is only 15 minutes away.
Only 15 minutes from Heraklion airport, the former fishing village of Kokkini Hani sits in the middle of Crete’s popular northern coastline. It’s a bit of a late starter on the holiday scene, and everything still quite feels new and unspoilt. But while it’s holding on to its laid-back roots, the resort is right up to speed when it comes to its tavernas and sandy beach.
In Kokkini Hani, the main beach is on the western side of the resort. You’ve got 400 metres of soft sand that slopes gently into the sea, so it’s great for paddling. There are sunloungers and parasols to rent, and beach bars on hand. The locals really love it here, so it can get quite busy at weekends and on Wednesday afternoons. And thanks to the north-eastern breeze, it’s also a really popular spot for windsurfers.
Close to Heraklion
Twenty minutes by bus and you’re at the capital, Heraklion. The place comes with a waterfront fortress to root around, while behind the old city walls you’ve got churches, cafés and shops. While you’re in the area, another quarter-of-an-hour takes you to Crete’s Number 1 ruin – the Palace of Knossos. It’s been tarted up a bit since the 2nd century but the columns and wall frescoes give you a good idea of the old place.
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